I was looking for my copy of Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach and found another one of his books - There's No Such Place As Far Away.
This little gem, given to me as a gift back in 1980 for my birthday, has so much more meaning now or at least I think it does as I cannot recall my feelings back then.
The story starts out in the heart of a hummingbird to find the truths he's always known....about friendship and love and growing up and living in this lifetime.
His journey of learning can take us wherever we want to go, to whomever we want to be with. And for friendships that don't depend on time and space.....it is a lovely communication.
The passage in the book that I found very powerful and touched my heart was when he wrote about gifts:
"You are the only one in the world who can see the ring that I give you today, as I was the only one who could see it when it was mine.
Your ring gives you a new power. Wearing it, you can lift yourself into the wings of all the birds that fly.
As anything that cannot be touched with the hand or seen with the eye, your gift grows more powerful as you use it.
When the day comes that you no longer need the ring, you must give that ring to someone who you know will use it well, and who can learn that the only things that matter are those made of truth and joy, and not tin and glass".
On the back cover these words are written:
"Can miles truly separate you from friends?
If you want to be with someone you love,
Aren't you already there?"
I wonder what other gems are hidden in my bookshelves.
Photo taken in Nov 2006 at Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney and adapted into a scrapblog.