While spending a few days in Paris just wandering through parks, museums, cathedrals, and other quiet places, I continued thinking about the lessons I had learned from Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Occasionally, I would thumb through the book and read selected passages. I felt a strange sense of awe and joy in considering the questions, “What is my higher purpose in life? Why am I really here?” I had never considered these for myself. But, looking back, I realize I was unable to ponder very deeply such crucial life issues. In Paris I was only taking my first “baby steps” in this direction.

I also began to consider the question of how we might ever be able to fulfill an ultimate dream of ours. What would that process look ...

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