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Debugging your family code with Jonathan Bach.

Jonathan Bach, the biological son of Richard Bach shares deep insights into how we can live with peace despite family issues.




About this Episode

Jonathan Bach is the biological son of Richard Bach, author of the famous book, Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Yes, he was named after the character in this book. Jonathan shares of the disconnect between what he read in his fathers book and how he experiences him as his biological father. He has spent a lifetime thoughtfully working through these issues and candidly shares how he has worked through these issues.


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You don't have to know everything. But if you are able to get important things done, if you're trying to do things even if you're not sure how, if you know how to ask for help, if you offer people help on their own terms, if you share what you know freely and are humble, then no one will really care if you succeed by learning or succeed by already knowing and nobody will really care if you forget or don't know something at a given time; you will be treated as if you are smart and useful even if you still have a lot to learn.
I think it's love of seeing the beauty in anything is really what matters because it's a clue of what we are on earth to do. It's covered by a bastion of tests, and those tests are there to reveal our programming. And there are some parts of our programming - - I don't want to call them bugs, they're opportunities. A bug is simply a difference between what you want and what you get, and there are two ways to fix that. One is to make the world be what you expected it to be, fix the bug, or there's another way. You can relax.
Life is this perpetual series of tests, there's treasure out there if you know where to find it, it's not always going to happen, but it's the search that is the cool thing about this whole thing.
You don't always need to have the solution now.
The truth is out there, you've gotta go find it and it's not going to be easy. You're going to be mislead, you're going to be confused and you're gonna be pissed off. But once in a while those clouds are going to part and your going to see the sun and say, "Oh, my god, that it! I've got it!" You're going to be exuberant and thrilled and then the clouds are going to close again and you're going to say, "Dang it, I thought I had it, I thought I had something." You'll never forget that happiness, but don't worry, weather moves. You don't have to get above the clouds. What you have to do is trust that the clouds will part again. You don't have to be a pilot to see the sun again.
Oh well, and onward.
If you're mad at the clouds, you may want to look at that.
Yelling at the clouds does nothing.
Argue for your limitations and sure enough they're yours. -Richard Bach
We don't get just one chance at life.


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