Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Learning to Fly


"Listen, everybody! There's no limit to how high we can fly! We can dive for fish and never have to live on garbage again!" Richard Bach of Jonathan Livingston Seagull 

 He was a  bird...a seagull....a scavenger....He learned to soar....high above the garbage...He took a risk and he learned how to fly. 

Johathan Livingston Seagull - A kid's book for adults. The message is the best....it's about coming to the place of knowing who we really are....what we're really capable of -  It's about learning to do the impossible....the things dreamed of....wished for.....It's about learning to live life as it's meant to be lived....unafraid...free....following our heart wherever it leads....

I'm not there yet....no where near....but in my heart....I want to fly...really fly. I want to climb higher than I've ever gone....overcome fears...and let go of things that have kept me living less than the best. I want to face the lies..the myths...those things that hold me back from living totally free. I feel it...a crazy hunger....a strong pull....a yearning to scale higher....to let go of long-held beliefs and fears that have held me down too long. 

I tell myself I can do it. I feel pumped. But then.....I'm faced with standing up in front of people...being seen....and heard. My words get all jumbled. I lose my thoughts and feel like passing out.

I remember how dark things were....and hopless...and the hatred that burned inside. I hated those people who hurt me. I wanted to hurt them back. Not too long ago someone told me......the best revenge is to live my best life...to be happy....to be free.

Those words floored me....a new concept...that focused on my learning to live above the 'garbage.'  I want to live my best life....I really do.

25 comments:

Terri Tiffany said...

What's cool about you is that you have a message to share and that will carry you far!

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my goodness you and I are of one mind - I want that more than anything too. And I am so close - just don't quite know how to make that leap - not yet anyway.

I do so understand you and love you.

Sandie

RCUBEs said...

There's nothing about soaring high....but with head remaining to look down...It's not like that at my workplace...They soar but they hurt others as they do. Please keep me in your prayers sister. My time to defend myself hasn't even started yet. But I know He's in control. And when we always acknowledge His air to lift up our wings, then it reminds us, without His help, we are truly nothing. God bless you sis!

Finally Free said...

Thanks Sarah for your hug today... alot going on this week. I want that, too. To live who I was created to be above the garbage. I think God is trying to tell me something in your post. Live above the garbage around me. :)

I still get pulled down by it at times....

Blessings,
Tammy

Denise said...

praying for you always.

My Big Secret Blog :) said...

And you know what? With that attitude, you WILL!

You just gave me hope, too. :) Thanks Sarah! FLY HIGH! :)

NOS said...

I know you have the strength to live your best life. You've gone through so much already, I feel like everything from here on out will be (relative) smooth sailing. And if there are bumps along the way you have the strength to overcome them.

Thank you for your comment on my blog today. It really made me feel good. (I know that's a crappy way to describe something, but it seems most appropriate.)

(((Sarah)))

Wishing you well,
NOS

Mya said...

You have soared, you have risen above the fray, and you are an example to others and you are encouraging others into trying their wings.

Just Be Real said...

I always marvel at watching my birds fly and then light on me when they come in for a landing. Having their feet back in flight and just before they land they bring them forward, wings spread. Appreciated this post very much dear one. I find so much encouragement and strength in your words. You have been through so much and share your journey to help others. Blessings to you dear Sarah!

IK said...

Your post reminds me of a song by Pink Floyd - Learning to Fly. You can here it at Youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb-Nacm-pKc

I find it to be an inspiring song.


Take care! *hugs* <3

Lady Rose said...

Sarah,

Yes, wouldn't it be nice to fly and be "free like the birds."

I think on some level, all of us long to be "free" of "something," the "something" that holds us back from doing the things that we were meant to do, or becoming the person what we are meant to be.

You're not alone. I'm not there either, but I am working on it.

-Lady Rose

CRY said...

will go get the book on-line right now.
thanks sweetie

Julie Musil said...

I love the image of flying above the garbage. That's exactly what you're doing. And your graceful spirit is such a blessing.

Sharon Kirby said...

Sarah - Whenever I think of you, I see in my mind a picture of a beautiful, graceful bird just soaring...

High above your beginnings - on your way to your dreams.

You are living the life that God gave you back - and I think you're doing it just wonderfully!!

GOD BLESS!

Patti Hanan said...

I see you soaring, Sarah. The closer you draw to God, the stronger your wings will become. He loves you, and has wonderful plans for your life. God bless you.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Sarah -

Wise advice, and I'm glad you saw its value. Someone once said that bitterness was like taking poison and expecting your enemy to die.

When I let go of my pain and anger, I was able to receive all the good things God had for me.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Dean Corso said...

No doubt you're already free.
Thanks for visiting dear Sarah.

Paula said...

You are more free then you allow yourself to see and feel. Love to you

Starry Dawn said...

Oh!! Wooowww!!! Dear Sarah,
Your words of wisdom always touch my heart and people's hearts worldwide. I am sure, God is so proud of you, a child of God.
It is a real gift and a blessing to be able to reach the proper words and share them with the world as food for thoughts.
Sarah, I am so happy to have met you in the Bloggosphere in the Internet World. God shows us the way, and He lead our lives with His mighty light, our dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord for His love and mercy!! God loves you, so do I, Sarah!! You know, you were one of my first follower in my poetry corner. Thank you for visiting my site, reading my poems and writing your heartfelt comments, Sarah!!
God may bless you in every single manner, and all those you love, Sarah!!
All the Very Best,
Starry Dawn.

Judy said...

Hi Sarah ~ definitely one of my favorite books. And have you read his "Illusions" yet? Ohhhh good stuff!

Judy

Pretty music playing on your blog..

Hold my hand: a social worker's blog said...

You know what to pursue and what you are struggling with. You got your wings!

Doris

Crown of Beauty said...

I have come back several times to read what you have written. Didn't want to just leave a response without your words sinking in...

and I have thought of them over the past four days. I never looked at it before - that living my best life, being free, is a kind of revenge! That is a new concept to me, too. And yes I love it. When others want you to fight back, and be miserable... the best revenge is to live life to the fullest. Wow indeed! Above the junk pile...

Your words are always so inspiring, Nikki.

God is transforming the garbage of our past into an incredible masterpiece - His workmanship!

I would really love to meet you one day. Who knows... maybe... what if... someday...?

With God nothing is impossible.

Love always,
Lidj

Deborah Ann said...

I can so relate. Everything seems too hard. It's easier to just never leave the house or try new things. Right now I'm forcing myself to attend my Christian Writer's group and Toastmasters. I don't want to do these things, but what if God has something of value for my life that can only come out of my willingness to fly?

You go ahead and fly, my dear friend. I'll meet you up in the clouds...

Puzzled Hat said...

I love this. :) Thanks Sarah! :)

Gabrielle Pullen said...

For me, it was the biggest wake up call of my life. I've spent the last 20 years finding the best of the best ways to move on and working through my stuff so I can pay forward the gift of freedom. It's true, not only can you get out of the cycle, you can live a life beyond your wildest dreams. The key? Clear the slate. Let go, move on. How? It's easy if you know how to access the physical body as a doorway into serenity. Relaxing the incessant tension of hyper-vigilance is the greatest gift you can give yourself.