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is the test to find whether
your mission on earth is
If you're alive, it isn't.
soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to
our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest
step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can
loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be.
unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong
around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise.
soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of
direction. When we’re two balloons, and together our direction
chances are we’ve found the right person. Our soulmate is the
makes life come to life.
Don’t believe what your
eyes are telling you. All
they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see
the way to fly.
At last, the answer why. The
lesson that had been so hard to find, so difficult to learn, came quick and
clear and simple. The reason for problems is to overcome them. Why, that’s
the very nature of man, I thought, to press past limits, to prove his freedom.
It isn’t the challenge that faces us, that determines who we are and what we
are becoming, but the way we meet the challenge, whether we toss a match at the
wreck or work our way through it, step by step, to freedom.
learning is, after all; not whether we lose the game,
but how we lose and how we’ve changed because of it, and
we take away from it that we never had before, to apply to
games. Losing, in a curious way is winning.
our friendship depends on things like space and time, then when we
finally overcome space and time, we've destroyed our own
brotherhood! But overcome space, and all we have left is Here. Overcome time,
we have left is Now. And in the middle of Here and Now, don't you
that we might see each other once or twice?
Argue for your limitations and, sure enough,
people behind the words
Two - Year Three
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do not exist to impress the world. I exist to live
my life in a
way that will make me happy.
is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in
its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.
is finding out what you already know. Doing is
demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding
others that they know just as well as you.
You are all learners, doers, teachers.
in 1936 in Oak Park, Ill., son of Roland Robert and Ruth Helen
(Shaw) Bach, the American Richard Bach is the
great-great-great-great grand son of J.S. Bach the great composer
we all know. He attended Long Beach State College (now
California State University, Long Beach) in 1955.
An airplane pilot, he got married with his first wife and had six
children, then divorced and left his family in part because he
didn't believe in marriage. One of his children, Jonathan,
wrote a book about his relation with his father he never knew, Above
the Clouds. Everything concerning airplane was his
field, including motion picture stunt pilot, Air Force tactical
fighter pilot, an aviation technical writer and flight
instructor. He even got involved as an narrator & stunt
pilot in the movie Nothing by Chance, based on his book.
Though aviation was his true passion, he always wanted to write;
high school, one of his gym teachers made him realize his
potential. Since 1959 he had this idea of a bird learning to
pass beyond the walls of limitations, Jonathan Livingston Seagull,
which came through a "Cinerama on my wall." Almost
all his books used airplanes as a way to pass the message.
In Running From Safety, Bach shares with us his childhood:
at age 8, he lost one of his brother: Bobby. From his
book, we also know that he has a much older brother: Roy.
Bach met his wife, Leslie Parrish through the shooting of the
Jonathan Livingston Seagull in 1973, based on his
book. It is said that
he sued the production for changing the movie without his
permission. In fact, those who saw the movie noticed that
his name wasn't mentioned, only the copyrights for the title Jonathan
Then they went their way, far enough from Hollywood, somewhere
between 1977 and 1981. Finally, they got married in '81.
Since then, Richard Bach tried what he called the closest thing to
flying: paragliding. Recently Leslie and Richard got
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