Saturday, 11 January 2014

Stories of Flight

It's wonderful. Jonathon Livingston Seagull (by Richard Bach). Fable of our times and of the future and the past. To strive for things which may not be accepted. To accept rejection. And then, when fully enlightened, to return to those that shunned you and help to set them free.

We all can fly, we all can believe and we all know magic. We just have to be open to it in our hearts. We none of us will ever, should ever, reach a stage where we are finished learning, but we can all reach the stage where we have something to teach and to share. All you need for that is love in your hands and heart and that love to be true for your subject.

Despair never got anyone anywhere, although it is possible that it can be a motivating factor for some people. I was told recently that no matter what I've got inside me - what upset - I just put my head down and work, get on with my work. Physical labour is the key here, the honest saviour of us all. Feeling a bit wound up? Do something physical and your woes will disappear. I'm finding that building, creating, planting are all excellent physical activities to pull yourself (myself) out of a mood.

I guess that those three things; building, creating and planting could all take on different meanings as well. We could be building the future we desire, creating hope for change where previously there was only despair, and planting new thoughts in people's heads. We're all capable of reaching glory heights - just look at Jonathon Livingston, Fletcher Lynd, Kirk Maynard et al., did they not all achieve what they never dreamed to be possible? Take inspiration where and when it's available to you and store it within for there will undoubtedly be periods of drought when you struggle to know the way forward. Or there will be if you're anything like me, anyway! Whatever your true dream is, no matter the struggle of the fight, it will always be worth it in the end. If the journey excites you then the end destination will be a bonus worth having.

People are scared of no income, but I know people who live on all sorts of money, including some people that have none but that seem as rich as kings in other ways (the ones that make the most, also appear to be the ones that never have enough). It's a state of mind, all of everything is, and it's all about how you approach your own obstacles. The only traps that we are within are those set by ourselves. We are our own greatest hindrances, and it is only ourselves that can release our full potential. There will be many helping hands along the way, but the most important strength has got to come from within.

A sparrowhawk just flew over as I took a breather from that last sentence. Let's return to flight. Metaphorical and physical. On top of a mountain recently I could have launched into the sky and flown to the heavens. Weaving pea plants through the strings creates a pride that I imagine parents feel when they watch their children grow with hope.

Peas are the most hopeful of plants. With their simple, honest leaves and their requirement for support. Their hopeful tendrils which hold onto anything within reach. Their lovely flowers and the smell and delicious produce. Yes, I do really really love peas.

And on that note I had better leave this meandering post.

Fly high, fly true and fly honest.

"We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly!" - Jonathon Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach