Quote -a-day challenge 1/3

It’s very rarely that I take up tags these days. For one thing, I don’t have the time. No, I’m not just saying that to act important. I mean, I don’t get the time to sit, pause, reflect and write the way I would love to write. But that’s okay, because Life changes.

Quote-a-day challenge, however, is something that I felt compelled to do, only for two reasons. One is the fact that the lovely, warm-hearted Soumya Prasad tagged me to take it up and I cannot say ‘no’ to her. Two, because I realise that some quotes by some writers have left an indelible mark on my mind.

They are also theΒ silentΒ forces that breathe through my life and my writing. They take up residence in that quiet corner of my soul and emerge when I find myself deep in despair or emptiness.

I decided to lead with this quote which I love to bits from an author who has influenced me as a reader, a teacher and a writer.

#RichardBach #Quote #Jonathan #seagull


You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way.~ Richard Bach

I’ve learnt to let go of the past with its share of pain, suffering and anger. It’s liberating. Bach and his glorious book swam into my ken when I was in college and it was perfect for me. So perfect, that I constantly exhort my students, new readers and people who ask me for book recommendations to start with Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

It’s the only book of which I have two copies and I can’t bear to part with either!

It’s not easy to weather the storm in the face of stiff opposition. It’s especially hard when your heart tells you to do the opposite of what your mind has to perform. But to be limitless, to capture the beauty of this present moment, to feel it so completely that it overwhelms you, this glorious moment is the best present you can ever have.

I’m supposed to tag other bloggers but instead I will merely ask that anyone who reads this and feels so compelled, to take up the challenge on their own blogs.

Write about your favourite author, a prized quote, a special moment that touched the core of your being.

Do it because if you don’t say it out loud, you’d burst from the effort of staying mum.
This is what the 3-Day Quote Challenge is all about.

1. Post one of your favorite quotes (different quote on each day) on three consecutive days. The quote can be from your favorite book, author, or your own.
2. Nominate 3 bloggers to challenge them.
3. Thank the blogger, who nominated you.

30 thoughts on “Quote -a-day challenge 1/3

  1. What a great post, Shailaja and a powerful message. I remember when that book on Jonathan Livingston Seagull was all the rage back in the 1970s. Being a pilot, my dad liked it because of the flying shots but the message was what resonated with everyone and made that book such a hit. I remember we even had the soundtrack done by Neil Diamond. Interesting to hear that you knew about it in India, too. Such a simple truth yet sometimes hard to follow through on but so worth it. We have to let go and spread our wings like Jonathan and be free to be who we are meant to be. Thanks for that reminder. I need to be reminded again and again as sometimes I do lose my way.

    1. Cat, it’s a book I can take with me to bed πŸ™‚ We know of so many, many books that can do that for us, right? How fascinating to know about your father. I can well imagine how this book would have spoken to him, as it does to the layman <3

  2. Lovely choice of quote, Shailaja. <3 I have read and loved Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Have you read Part 4 that he came out with?

  3. This can give such a positive push! Nothing should ever come in our way, coz, if we can dream it, we can do it!!

  4. If only it were that easy to always act according to our highest self…the problem is that often self is confused with ego and all that we end up doing boosts our ego even further instead of helping us closer to realising our true self.
    Thought-provoking read it is, Shailaja.

  5. I have come to realise that the simplest quotes are the toughest to follow. This is one of those. I too was introduced to Bach in college. I think I need to reread. Thank you for bringing him back.

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