Thursday, March 22, 2012

Don't Confine Yourself...

 
“I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place
when they can fly anywhere on the earth,
then I ask myself the same question.”
― Harun Yahya

I love quotes. I collect them as sort of a little side hobby, for I find them very inspirational and thought-provoking. I recently discovered the above quote by Turkish author Harun Yahya and it really made me think…a lot.

Much like Mr. Yahya, I have often wondered what it must be like to be a bird…to have the power to literally fly anywhere you wanted to at any given moment. Where would I go? Where would you go?

Do you ever wonder what else the world could have in store for us? What else could be awaiting us if we dared step outside of our own little world? It’s an exhilarating thought. Why do we confine ourselves? I’m not speaking of merely physical confinement, but also intellectual confinement as well.

Just a random Thursday morning thought that I wanted to share with you :)

31 comments:

  1. It's all about breaking the habbits of life and even more so of mankind. Which is to always stick to the known and familiar. That's exactly why I choose o live my life as one big adventure. I'm 22 and i already lived half a year in Egypt and such. Life is what you make it and also how much everyone is willing to haunt their own fears and break free versus being haunted by all those fears, forcing people to hide in their small safe world.

    As always I enjoyed reading your post, reviewing the message and posting my reply

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    1. That's so awesome that you've been able to experience such things. I'll bet Egypt was amazing!

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  2. Geez...where wouldn't I go if I was a bird!!! Everywhere and anywhere. First stop - Quebec City.
    This post gives me that exciting feeling of good things to come. Cheers for making my Thursday ;-)

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    1. You're very welcome and thank you for the kind words :)

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  3. I would go everywhere I could possibly go, and hope a bigger bird didnt think I looked like dinner,lol. Fiji would be my first destination. Then London. Great blog again, and the picture u presented with it, is Amazing!

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    1. Fiji would DEFINITELY been among my top choices

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  4. What a great quote! If I were a bird...I'd fly me and the kids to Disneyworld. :)

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    1. I went there when I was 16 and it may have been the awesomest week of my life

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  5. Interesting question! I decided to take a walk today down a path I'd never been before. It's good to make small steps in the desired direction. Rarely do I leap ahead out of my comfort zone. Little changes work well :) great quote too

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    1. That reminds me of a quote "Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone" ~ Neale Donald Walsch

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    2. It's amazing how refreshing something, even a small something, out of the ordinary routine can be. It's energizing, in a way.

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  6. Love this. You HAVE to read the book "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" by Richard Bach. It is a short and super mind-opening read. I would lend you a copy if you were closer.

    Or it is like my singing instructor says" You can choose to walk among the turkeys or you can fly among the eagles".

    I would fly to Canada's north. I would love to see endless nature without interruptions of roads and buildings and oil derricks. Nature, wild and free.

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    1. I'll definitely have to check that book out :)

      I have always thought Canada's north would be an amazing place to see - particularly the Yukon!

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  7. I'm so excited to travel the world, and to see everything that life has to offer me. I'm ready to experience other cultures and ways of life... To get out in the world and see it through other's eyes. If I was a bird, well, I'd hope my wings would never get tired!

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    1. I think that experiencing other cultures is one of the most important things that one can do in life.

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  8. When I used to read those Animorphs books I always used to wish I would be a bird! How freeing it would be to go where you please, and not have to worry about passports, travel costs, airports and the like. Great post!

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    1. Yes sis it would be indeed. Thanks for the comment as always!

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  9. In the past I think I've confined myself sometimes because I'm afraid of what I'll find out... I'll compare myself to others... I'll be dissatisfied with my life.

    Now however, I'm ready to own it and FLY! I want to learn more about those around me... I want to read more... I want toe experience more than just my comfort zone. I want to travel the world... and if I could fly anywhere RIGHT now it would be to a 2 week cruise around the Mediterranean :) Or Hawaii... lol

    Great thought provoking post Keith!

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    1. I think that's what keeps a lot of people from breaking those metaphorical chains of confinement - fear of the unknown. And yes I think a two week cruise would be a good start :)

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  10. Thanks for the comment! Feel free to use the 47 questions idea... I found it on another blog :)

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    1. I think I may because I really like that idea!

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  11. I think it's fun to fly places and be adventurous, but I also think it's important to be able to settle....for a while anyway. :-) Recall your post on the extraordinary in the ordinary. If one is constantly searching for change and adventure, how can you content yourself with the beauty that is around you?

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    1. I don't feel that the two have to be mutually exclusive. In the extraordinarily ordinary post, I most definitely think we should appreciate those simple mundane moments that we seem to take for granted. But I also think it's important to open yourself up to experiences...I think the key is finding that balance :)

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  12. The quote, "Life is a book. Those who don't travel only read one page" comes to mind, definitely.

    Even if its not very far, I think everyone needs to travel out of their comfort zone every once and awhile, the more and the further and the stranger the better.

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    1. Completely agree Diego. And the quote is a perfect example!

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  13. Great post! I like this, so true, we must always strive to expand our horizons both intellectually and exploring the world around us :)

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  14. Reading your entry metaphorically, I guess there is value to being "grounded" in a worldview. One's ethics, philosophy, and sense of spirituality help a person to find identity, belonging, and security. But, something inside me wants to take wing. Staying in one "place" fosters prejudice, fear, and a closed mind. This is one of the reasons I dislike patriotism. Now, more than ever, we can be in touch with the rest of the world. We can grow by using our wings.

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    1. I think you make a good point when you say that staying in one place can foster the things that you mentioned...I think exposes ourselves to different cultures, world views, and ways of life is vital to personal growth.

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  15. I also love quotes and that is a beautiful one! Awesome post!

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  16. Oh, I meant to add.... do you know about Good Reads? I could spend all day in their quotes database :-)

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