I first met Jonathan when I was 12 years old, 33 years ago. I was fortunate when a very progressive thinking teacher whose first name was June introduced me to the book. I remember her words like it was yesterday. She said, "Melissa, read this. When you realize it's not about seagulls you will know what I mean."
I have lost track of how many copies I have owned and how many times I have reread it over the years, probably over 100 times. It holds the award as the "get out of my funk" book. I have given away numerous copies to friends, boyfriends, business partners and, sometimes, even as a litmus test to find the enlightened ones. As I continue to evolve, I have noticed each time I read it I take away a new inspiration or idea. My favorite quote of all time continues to be, "to fly as fast as thought you must begin by knowing you have already arrived."
Richard, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your masterpiece has positively changed the direction of my life in so many ways over the years. I would not be the woman I am today without Jonathan