Posts Tagged ‘Richard Bach’

Richard Bach on Security and Happiness

June 27, 2010

I just finished reading Running from Safety by Richard Bach. It’s a good read about his spiritual approach to life. I especially loved Chapter Twenty-Nine (pages 165-170) in which Bach uses his experience as a technical writer for the Douglas Aircraft Company to expound on what it means to have true security (Hint: It’s not a full-time job working for somebody else).

Shop for security over happiness and you buy it, at that price.
Richard Bach

I agree wholeheartedly with Bach’s conclusions about the illusion of external security. Place your security in the hands of others and your future is anything but secure. The best parts of you will lay dormant, their yearning for expression gradually eroding into fitful dreams of what might have been. Here’s a great quote from Bach in that chapter:

Don’t tell me that my security comes (more…)

Divorced, Yes, But Soulmates Nonetheless

January 6, 2010

Leslie Parrish and Richard Bach

I just finished reading The Bridge Across Forever: A True Love Story, Richard Bach‘s intimate and revealing account of his love affair and marriage to actress Leslie Parrish. As a hopeless romantic, I enjoyed the book very much. I like Bach’s poetic style and his fearless dedication to connect with readers by sharing his deepest emotions.

Bach and Parrish were very much in love. In one of the workshops they presented together, Parrish gave this answer when asked about how somebody could recognize when they have found thier soulmate:

A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise. Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found the right person. Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life.

I was disappointed to learn that (more…)