“Jonathan Livingston Seagull”
(Author Richard Bach)
Throughout my life I have had strange encounters and situations that later, looking back, I realize that I have been guided or helped by someone special.
Many years ago in the early 70s I was in front of an audience and I noticed a young man, about five years my elder, slightly taller, who just seemed to radiate, and stand out from the rest. Nothing unusual. But, seemingly out of place, in a strange way, which I can’t fully explain. I walked off the stage, and as I started to walk past him, he spoke to me and brought me to his attention. He said that he liked my work. He then looked me straight in the eye and made a comment that didn't make sense to me at the time.
He said, “You have to read a book called Jonathan Livingston Seagull.” Surprised and slightly confused, I said, "A book?" Yes, "He replied." After a few seconds of silence, I asked him, “What is the book about?” With a big smile he said, “It is about a Seagull." You mean a bird? Yes, he replied, but a very special one. It is a small book that you can read in about 20 minutes. Intently, but not in a demanding way, he again stated, “You have to read this book!”
Having my full attention I replied, “Okay, I will.” He then turned to walk away and looking back at me, he asked with a big smile, ”What is the name of the book?” And I replied, “Jonathan Livingston Seagull.” He smiled again and walked out of the establishment.
I believe it was the next day a friend and I were walking by some store fronts and there was the book in the window. What a coincidence….. I thought. My friend asked me, “What is the book about?” I replied, “I really don’t know, it is just something to read, then I changed the subject.” Strangely, the title of the book kept repeating in my mind along with the strange encounter.
Later in the day, relaxed, I sat down to read the book and tears started to roll down my face in utter amazement! To this day, this small little book shines the "Light of Wisdom" in a simple manner that everyone can understand.
You have to read this book!
Peter L. Martinez
(This little book was originally published in 1970 and is on the “All time best sellers list.” It has sold over 60 million copies and It continues to sell and enlighten the reader.)
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