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  • Through the seagull, we experience the scorn, concern and perplexed questioning of those around when he leaves routine, comfort, food and rest as we see his goal blazing through it all
  • What I enjoy about this book is the levels to explore
  • Since his quest is to see the best he can do, and each achievement is only the gateway to greater desires, does the seagull get anything else from his life at all

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      If there is poetry in prose that describes the passion for going beyond limitations, that describes the struggle, the pain and the exhilaration, it is this one.

      It is also a classic example of the total engrossment of the “flow state” proposed psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, connected with creativity and exceptional performance. Really, if you want to read the description of the flow state in a manner that totally brings it across

      It is the simple story of a seagull who wishes for more from his existence. Who refuses to accept that the routine followed by other seagulls is all there is to his existence. His passion is flight. The story follows his pursuit of this wish.

      Through the seagull, we experience the


      scorn, concern and perplexed questioning of those around when he leaves routine, comfort, food and rest as we see his goal blazing through it all. The connections he forms with those who truly understand and support his quest, and his total engrossment in his passion to the extent that he doesn’t realize when he moves into another plane of existence.

      We find ourselves cheering at each new breakthrough the little gull achieves and keeping fingers crossed as he takes greater risks.

      What I enjoy about this book is the levels to explore. A child can read it and find the struggling hero in a seagull and enjoy the story of his struggles and his victory in becoming a “super hero”. An older ...


      • person can connect with the profound vista of the struggle of a seemingly insignificant being as it creates its own destiny.

        There is a strong message of following what your heart truly wants, creating your own goals and persevering beyond all odds. There is a message of hope at the end of this unconditional commitment to a worthy goal.

        This book can literally be read in half an hour flat or be meditated over for life with equal enjoyment.

        There is no wisdom prescribed in the pages a simple narration of the experiences, beliefs and actions of a seagull that takes the reader right along. It inspires, not so much as an outstanding achievement, but as an experience I would want

        to be able to go through at will, in his own way.

        I also found myself getting concerned about this seagull and his quest. Since his quest is to see the best he can do, and each achievement is only the gateway to greater desires, does the seagull get anything else from his life at all? Is that what he really wants, or is he simply unaware of missing anything else? There is this dismissal of everything except flight as unimportant. There is no real rationale for why flight is such an all consuming thing for him.

        An absolute must read for absolutely everyone interested in self-awareness. And it’s a tiny book, really, filled with nice seagull pictures. There really is no excuse.




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