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lessons from a seagull

from a seagull – Jonathan Livingston*, but no other.

A seagull never speaks back to the Council Flock,
but it was Jonathan’s voice raised.

“Irresponsibility? My brothers!” he cried.
“Who is more responsible than a gull who finds and follows a meaning, a higher purpose for life?

For a thousand years we have scrabbled after fish heads, but now we have a reason to live – to learn, to discover, to be free! Give me one chance, let me show you what I have found…”

The flock might as well have been stone.

Jonathan livingston

Jonathan Seagull spent the rest of his days alone,
but he flew out beyond the Far Cliffs.

His one sorrow
was not solitude, it was
that other gulls refused to believe
the glory of flight that awaited them;
they refused to open their eyes and see.




* Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1970), ISBN 0-380-01286-3

Picture: wikiquote




7 Responses to “lessons from a seagull”

  1. THIS IS SPOOKY! 🙂 No I hadn’t seen this. When did you post it, it doesn’t have a date.
    Well I guess great minds think alike!
    Yes I am an outlier in life as well.

  2. (I just realised that WordPress pages do not have a timestamp!)

    Thanks Naj,
    I wrote it only two or three days ago.

    A seagull changed my my thoughts, my actions, my life.
    It is one of the books I have always carried with me.

  3. Continues to be an inspiration to this butterfly…

  4. I believe you’ve read the book “Jonathan Livingstone Seagull”… i’ve read it 3 times now…bought it once again about a year ago…couldn’t resist it when i saw it as my other one is packed away in SA in boxes…and then I read it again…so good!

  5. Wonderful story! Totally strikes a chord with me today 🙂

  6. We used to listen the record a lot – not heard it for years.

  7. Thanks for dropping by, Rosalie. I agree, the entire musical score was so appropriate with the mood of the story. Quite haunting.

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