Jonathan Livingston Seagull: ‘The gull sees farthest who flies highest.’

Jonathon Livingston Seagull

The book cover of Jonathan Livingston Seagull a 1970s novel and film by Richard Bach.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull; the “Who Moved My Cheese” of the 1970s

I scarcely remember the book or even seeing the movie Jonathan Livingston Seagull from the 1970s, (I saw the movie at the Base Theater on KI Sawyer AFB), but Dad had the Neil Diamond soundtrack for the film, (I’ll confess, I have it, too–Flight of the Gull is one of my favorites still–reminds me of seeing the USAF Thunderbirds–the last time I saw them they still played it while flying over crowds) and so the concept of it all remains familiar.

My assumption is that this was the Who Moved My Cheese book of the 1970s.  But here’s today’s quote to think about:

The gull sees farthest who flies highest.—Jonathan Livingston Seagull

These magical word applies to more than seagulls.

There are so many things in modern life that can serve to weigh us down and if we let them, they hold us back.

Dad used to also have a figurine with a quote: “It’s hard to soar like an eagle when you fly with a bunch of turkeys.”

Who in your life is a role model who is seeking to fly the highest?

Do you know anyone whose wings need a little lift so they might rise up?

Never under estimate the power of your influence.

This is an image of the tree line from the new County Road 510 Bridge near Marquette, Michigan.



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