Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Sometimes, you just have to acknowledge that
you are different from the rest of the flock. Jonathan, an
irrepressible seagull, decides to follow that instinct, and
it leads him to discover supernatural powers within himself that amaze
his friends and set him apart from the crowd. But he quickly
learns that independence from social norms can carry a high
price. His newfound powers excite fear and jealousy in the
others. Eventually he is cast out of the flock. But trusting
his inner voice, he learns that even his ostracism has its
hidden blessings. Jonathan learns that being true to your
inner nature leads one to a fuller understanding and love
Notice how Jonathan gains his own identity
and a new perspective on life when he differentiates himself
from his flock and takes flight into the unknown.
- Do you sometimes experience low self-esteem
because you feel different from people around you?
- Do you remember a – possibly exceptional - situation
in which you actually liked being different or received positive
feedback for it?
- Could you consider accepting yourself like Jonathan in the
movie found self-acceptance?
- How would increased self-acceptance serve you?