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Give Yourself Wings

Updated on May 3, 2011

...then fly

 “When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened.”   <John Richardson, Jr.>

We all want a good life, a desire for a future filled with good things and people. Perhaps we want our now to be different than it is. Ask yourself, what do I want?

Smell the Smoke

There is a story about a circus elephant that was kept chained. The chain was only long enough to allow for limited movement. The elephant was trained and had become conditioned--if he went a little too far the chain would become taut so he would turn and go back. One day the circus tent caught on fire, the elephant saw the fire and of course, became frighten and agitated but continued to walk in the circle of confinement. Then he smelled the smoke and suddenly the desire to be free, the desire to not be trapped in a burning tent was stronger than his training to “walk in place“. With a firm tug on the chain he was free and was able to run to safety. The irony of the situation is this 20,000 pound animal could have easily, at any time, pulled free of the chains grip on him and walked away.

How many of us allow the chains of circumstance to keep us bound and conditioned in a place or situation we don’t want to be?

Jonathan Livingston Seagull

"Life is the unknown and the unknowable, except that we are put into this world to eat, to stay alive as long as we possibly can.” Jonathan Livingston Seagull did not believe that statement and neither do I. Jonathan searched for and found and followed a meaning and a higher purpose for life. He did not want to be just one of the flock never bothering to learn more than the simple things--”the simplest facts of flight” of how to get from shore to food and back again. He wanted to know more, do more--he didn’t mind being hungry because he was learning and learning made him happy. He would spend whole days flying and experimenting with distance and speed. He wanted to know as much as possible about speed. His quest for more and better made him very unpopular with his friends and made his parents unhappy with him. Yet, he just wasn’t willing to be like the rest of the flock.

He became so radical in the way he thought, believed and acted that it was cause for concern for the entire gull community. Jonathan was ordered to “Stand to Center” at the Council Gathering and was accused of, among other things, breaking and violating the dignity and tradition of the Gull Family. Jonathan was mortified, but he pressed forward.

“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. Just please give me a chance to show you what I have found”, Jonathan pleaded. But they wouldn’t listen so he was sent to spend the rest of his life alone on the Far Cliffs and his friends turned their backs on him. But Jonathan did not give up and spent his time, alone, learning and trying--he never allowed himself to think “I can’t”. The one time that he did he “thought” himself out of it. He found that if he held his wings a certain way and rearrange his wing span he could soar high and dive long finding the “rare and tasty” fish that schooled ten feet below the ocean’s surface. Gone, for him, were the fish heads and stale bread.

Jonathan was flying and he was free. No longer did he want to be ordinary; he was in a continuous search for excellence…to be great. He saw opportunity, recognized it and he grabbed hold because his dream and purpose were important enough for him not to give up.

Seize the Moments

Too often we see no meaning in the happiest of moments--that moment when the light bulb shine bright--that moment when the stars seem to align just right--that moment when someone gives us a great compliment--that moment when we realize that our day is going enormously good--that moment when we get a hug for no reason or a smile from a child, that moment when you receive a phone call from someone you were expecting to call; there is always meaning, something we should pay attention to, but all to often we take that moment for granted instead of seizing an opportunity.

I'm God's Favorite

My nephew, Eros Shaw, has a habit of putting out little gems of positive thought on his Facebook site. Recently he wrote a simple“I’m God’s favorite”. What a wonderful thought. What a wonderful way to make yourself stand a little taller or smile a little bigger or laugh a little louder. Our attitudes opens up for us and set the stage for wonderful things to happen--opportunities are presented, blessing, miracles, happy surprises will be routine--or--the opposite can happen and we set the stage where fear, anxiety, worry bring us to the reality of failure.

We must change the way we think and we absolutely must change the way we talk. What we put out in the Universe will come back to us just the way we sent it out. Examples: “If it wasn’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all.” “My life sucks.”

“Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives.” <Robert Collier>

I Wish I had...?

Missed opportunities do not turn around and come again. How many times have you said to yourself “I wish I had…?” If you are like me…too many, but I have learned this lesson and I try never to forget it “never make that mistake again” therefore, I am ever vigilant. Do I still miss some….yes, but I pick up the pieces and move forward. I do believe we can all get to that place where we can get good results every time. We just have to work at it and if we stumble, if we fall, just pick ourselves up, brush off and keep going.

Life is essentially what we believe. Our minds and thoughts can push us forward or hold us back. Begin today to think positive thoughts. If you do this long enough it will become a habit. It takes anywhere from 3 to 10 days to form a habit---bad habits form even faster, and it takes 20 to 45 days to break that same habit --even more time to break bad habits.

Make a list of the things you want….come on, write it down on paper. Look at your list every day and think about how you feel when you think about having them in your life. And when you have a negative thought stop it right away and exchange it with a positive thought. Example: “If it wasn’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all.” Change to “I am the luckiest person I know, good things are always happening to me.” Make the statement into a mantra and say it several times throughout the day. You will be amazed at how you feel and little happy surprises will begin to appear in your life.


Final Thoughts

This is your life…your life, so take the power to choose what you want in your life and think it into being. Work on you and become a possibility thinker and be the best you that you can be. Change you, don’t worry about anyone else…when you focus on you and the positive things you want in your life you will begin to experience those random events, little miracles that will bring forth the possible, the blessings and the meaningful moments and people. Your actions will change, your mood will brighten, your burden will lighten and you will be the one who is “most likely to succeed.”

Create the future you want by beginning to envision what you want and getting the positive energy out into the Universe so when it returns to you it will be all good.

Give yourself wings and a reason to live, learn, discover and a desire to be free.

I am truly hoping you will share with us some of you "winged" or "flight" moments. Do you have a favorite mantra?

Love to all,



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    • Dee aka Nonna profile imageAUTHOR

      Dee aka Nonna 

      5 years ago

      LadyFiddler, thank you very is one of my favorite quotes. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Means a great deal to me.

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      Joanna Chandler 

      5 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi Dee i love the first quote about some people make it happen etc. Very nice ;)

      Do have a bless day

    • Dee aka Nonna profile imageAUTHOR

      Dee aka Nonna 

      5 years ago

      Hey Born2care2001......Bruce, you brought a smile to my face this morning. I really like the phrase "....look down at your feet." And, I think I will borrow your it. Thank you so much for your visit and for leaving such a wonderfully thoughtful comment.

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi Nona,

      This was fabulous and of course very meaningful to me. One of my young clients spawned this phrase and sometimes I use it because of it's accuracy and wisdom. He said, "if you want to know where you belong...look down at your feet." The reality of that phrase leads me to my mantra...I have a choice and I choose to ____(fill in the blank) I figured out that I AM whatever I want to be and no matter where I am at any given moment, I choose; I'm exactly where I want to be because I am in charge of the chooser!

      Using that Awesome button of yours!


    • Dee aka Nonna profile imageAUTHOR

      Dee aka Nonna 

      6 years ago

      Sherry, thank you so much for your wonderful and encourageing comment. As often is the case, I was about to go to bed when I decided to check my email and there was a notice of a comment on this hub. I am so happy I did...I love going to sleep smiling from something wonderful that happened or was said to me....thank you again.

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      Sherry Hewins 

      6 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      What an uplifting and inspiring hub, I especially love your final thoughts about invisioning your goals and creating your own future.

    • Dee aka Nonna profile imageAUTHOR

      Dee aka Nonna 

      6 years ago

      Just Ask Susan, I am so honored that you read and commented on my hub. Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a special story that holds a special place in my heart. It gave me the courage to really fly. Thank you for your wonderful comment....I like that comment as well.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I think one of my favorite quotes from Jonathan Livingston Seagull is: "You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now - and nothing can stand in your way!"

      Wonderful Hub!!

    • Dee aka Nonna profile imageAUTHOR

      Dee aka Nonna 

      6 years ago

      Express10, thank you so much for your wonderfully encouraging comment. I found the story of the elephant years ago and it remains with me as a reminder not to allow anything to keep me from moving forward. Your visit was wonderful and please come again.

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      H C Palting 

      6 years ago from East Coast

      This is a very motivating and useful hub. I am particularly inspired by the story of the elephant breaking from it's chains.

    • Dee aka Nonna profile imageAUTHOR

      Dee aka Nonna 

      7 years ago

      Thank you sonia05 for visiting and for leaving such an uplifting comment. You are appreciate very, very much.

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      7 years ago from india

      Wow! This is a fantastic piece on wisdom of life,purpose of life,perception of life,infinite capabilities of oneself,self belief etc. Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingstone seagull is a great motivational book for all of us.

      Thank you for sharing this highly inspirational and motivational hub!

    • Dee aka Nonna profile imageAUTHOR

      Dee aka Nonna 

      7 years ago

      Thank you vocalcoach, having and keeping several copies of the book in different places is a great idea. A few times I thought I'd lost it because I really was carrying it with me everywhere. I think I will get another copy.... Thank you so much for reading and means a great deal to me.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Dee - A marvelous hub here. I, too, have the book "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" and, in fact have two copies. I keep one in my car and the other in my bedroom.

      Your hub is inspirational - my favorite kind to read!

    • Dee aka Nonna profile imageAUTHOR

      Dee aka Nonna 

      7 years ago

      Thank you Neil... Jonathan Livingston Seagull became my friend and constant compansion some years ago--I carried the book with me everywhere. It gave me the courage to not give up when I was going through a struggle.

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      Neil Sperling 

      7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      Great Job -- I LOVE Jonathon Livingston Seagull -- great book.


    • Dee aka Nonna profile imageAUTHOR

      Dee aka Nonna 

      7 years ago

      Thank you manjubose5...I appreciate your visiting and your wonderful and warm comment.

    • manjubose5 profile image


      7 years ago

      Excellent hub and inspiring too. Your thoughts always keep me thinking and I love your appealing presentations.

    • Dee aka Nonna profile imageAUTHOR

      Dee aka Nonna 

      7 years ago

      Thanks you Treasuresofheaven. Been a little under the weather for a couple of day so you comment brought a very bright spot to my day.

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      Sima Ballinger 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Good thoughts and inspiration in this hub! Very motivational. I like the stories you shared,

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      7 years ago from England

      We're all in this together so we need to keep each other strong. You're a great encouragement to me!

    • Dee aka Nonna profile imageAUTHOR

      Dee aka Nonna 

      7 years ago

      Thank you so much aslanlight. You always seem to encourage me when I need it the most.

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      7 years ago from England

      What an excellent hub! I have the seagul book and love it; it's been an inspiration to me, as are your wise words of advise. I'll have to read them again. There are some ways you put things worth remembering.


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