“Monday 5 Things” with D. Paul Graham…..Touch & Go’s…..

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Monday 5 Things…..Touch & Go’s…..

For as long as I can remember, I have had this intense, unrelenting personal love affair with speed and with flight. A scribe of my love of speed shall be left for another day. I’ve mentioned in M5T a few times that I am like a kid when I get to the airport and onto a plane. I also have a guiltless pleasure satiated by driving to the airport near me and watching planes come and go. For hours. Sometimes with camera and long glass on monopod; other times just sitting on my car, watching with wonder and wanderlust. Events in my life over the past month have given me cause and pause to spend some time sitting and watching planes; and thinking. I recently watched some F-15’s undertaking precision touch and go’s – taking off at speed, circling the airfield, touching down, and then, thrusters screaming with after-burners bright, heading skyward once again. My heart racing with each touch and with each go. When I get into these moods, I am always reminded of one of my favorite books on flight. As such, if you would please, revisit with me in this morning’s M5T, thoughts on Bernoulli’s Principle from a seagull named Jonathan.

Each page of the book is a reminder of the thrill of learning to soar, being true to yourself, flying in the face of conformity, and accepting that not all will understand you or your passion. As we race to the end of yet another year, if you haven’t read this gem, pick it up. If you have read it, (I first read this in grade school), do yourself a favor and re-read this classic novella by Richard Bach. Today M5T looks at the beauty and challenge of living life fully and the importance of giving back to others, through the voice, the eyes, and the wings of Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

1. Knowing.

Others will try to dictate how you should live and even those closest to you won’t understand. Only you can choose to live the deepest passions in your life. ““Why, Jon, why?” his mother asked. “Why is it so hard to be like the rest of the flock, Jon? Why can’t you leave low flying to the pelicans, the albatross? Why don’t you eat? Son, you’re bone and feathers!” “I don’t mind being bone and feathers mom. I just want to know what I can do in the air and what I can’t, that’s all. I just want to know.””

2. Seeing.

At some point, you’ll grow tired of material things. “There’s got to be more to life than fighting for fish heads. His sorrow was not solitude, it was that other gulls refused to believe the glory of flight that awaited them. They refused to open their eyes and see.”

3. Altitude.

Learn to fly as high as possible. Only then will you understand who you really are and appreciate your calling in life. “The gull sees farthest who flies highest.”

4. Faith.

There will come a day when you need to step out in faith in what you believe in. “When you come to the edge of all the light you have known, and are about to step out into darkness, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: there will be something for you to stand on, or you will be taught to fly.”

5. Gifts.

The gift of living a dream comes with the responsibility of giving back, teaching, forgiving where needed, and not leaving others behind. “Keep working on love.”

Here’s to a week of the thrill of touch and go’s at speed, to soaring higher and then sharing with others what you see from the sky.

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D. Paul Graham is passionate about people, culture, photography and business. He has embraced his wanderlust with his travels around the globe, and is at peace with his need for spirited drives in all things automotive.

You can find M5T each Monday here on www.southmag.com and by friending D. Paul Graham on Facebook. Paul is also a contributing photographer to South Magazine. His photographic work can be found on Instagram @dpgraham and at www.imageGRAHAM.com .