“Once you’ve tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward.” (Leonardo da Vinci), as seen on the Jack’s Winning Words blog.
Jack went on to note that today was Orville Wright’s birthday. Orville and Wilbur Wright are acknowledged as the first successful inventors of the modern airplane. Jack went on about his first flight in a DC-3 airliner. I can’t remember my first airliner ride, but my dad got me a flight on a light airplane when I was a kid and that was a thrill.
While there are probably lots of stories and memories in discussing da Vinci’s little quote in a literal sense; I believe that there is even greater meaning to it, if we look at it as a metaphor for life. If the flight that Leonardo mentions is viewed as one of the imagination and discovery. If what it means is the ability that we all have to escape the mundane and ordinary by taking flight in our dreams of a better, more meaningful life; then truly we will forever walk with our eyes turned skyward, towards that dream.
It is truly sad to envision a life of staring only down at our feet, shuffling along through our existence, just trying to avoid life’s potholes; yet for many that would characterize their life. In some cases it is because life in many places is so hard-scramble that just existing from day-to-day becomes the goal. It is fortunate that most of us do not live there; although weather events have left many in this area scrambling to get their lives back after recent flooding.
Short-term problems aside, most of us at least have the opportunity to take flight in our lives. Whether we take that opportunity or not is up to us. Whether we dream of a better life and then do something to achieve that dream is our opportunity to take flight. Once you do, you’ll forever walk with an eye towards that dream – towards the sky.
Recently, Chuck Gaidica, a well-known Detroit-area TV weatherman and local personality, announced that he was leaving the air and leaving the profession to dedicate himself to serving others through a ministry position with a large local church. Chuck revealed that he had set his sights on that goal some time ago and had gone back to school to get a divinity degree to allow him to be ordained. Chuck has been one of the most successful local TV personalities in this area for years and that fame will likely serve him well in his new pursuit; however, the fame and the monetary rewards that undoubtedly came with it were not satisfying to him. His new pursuit will involve much less money, but offers much more reward in the service to others. He has a dream that took flight and he will walk through the rest of his life with his eyes to the sky.
Have you tasted flight in your life? Do you have a dream that you are focused upon? Do you walk through life
with your eyes to the sky or is all that you see the tips of your own shoes? Dream it. Wish it. Do it. See a better future. Take flight today and never look back, always look up to the sky – to the dream.