The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge. For this week’s challenge, show us what quest means to you.
“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. ~
Many times people follow along the path of their family, friends, community without questioning why or if what they believe is the truth for them. Never questioning the prejudices, beliefs, faith of those around them even when inside they know it doesn’t feel right. I think I’ve always been in search of the truth for me – always knowing there was something waiting for me.
Questioning others to see why they believe a certain way can cause friction and discontent if they don’t really know. We are set on a path in our early years and it can be uncomfortable to question, think and shift. Some of my best teachers have been those who stopped and questioned me, causing me to rethink why I held myself back. A special thank you John Gargiulo. John questioned me about what was holding me back, why I didn’t speak up and pursue my dreams. He sent me to several classes, held back a promotion – at times I resented him. John’s comments and actions would sometimes bring up anger within me but thankfully along I realized he was my teacher, the one who helped me grow and overcome some of my fears. He motivated me to continue my quest for knowledge. Forever grateful – may he rest in peace.
Another teacher in my quest, Wayne Morris, guided me through the end of my turbulent twenties and inspired me. He shared how his twenties were turbulent, thirties were better but his forties were the best. This gave me hope for my own future. It turns out he was right. During my thirties I graduated from college, joined the National Guard, and started a new career all while enjoying raising my three children. In my forties I purchased a home, sold the home, moved to California and then relocated back to New York, tried different careers while always moving forward. My children grew up and went out on their own during this same time period. My fifties have brought even more joy and adventures that I could have imagined. When you are open to learning and growing a world of possibilities opens before you.
“I feel the older I get, the more I’m learning to handle life. Being on this quest for a long time, it’s all about finding yourself.” ~ Ringo Starr ~
I could not have said this better than Ringo. Every morning when we wake, we have a decision to make. Will this day be a good day or bad. In the past there were times in my life when all I could see were bad days. Through practice and a shift in thought, I have learned that I can set the stage. Beauty and life are all around us. We can choose to see this beauty or to ignore it. Thoughts are things – this is true. Whether I think life is great or I think it is cursed – I am right. What I think I attract, it has been a learning lesson.
In my quest to change my mindset I have discovered shadows forming patterns on the wall are a present every morning. Finding the beauty in the light and shadows can appear like artwork. There for only a few minutes – every changing and then gone until the next day. A little like life. Hard times come and go. They remind us to enjoy the happy times and to focus more on those times so we can attract them into our lives.
Age does not stop one from thinking or questioning their truth. For some, the quest for their truth only increases with time. When one is no longer pursuing their dreams, what gives them their life energy?
Speaking with a man who found out he had stage four cancer was an eye-opening experience. He had no idea how ill he was three weeks ago. He wasn’t feeling well for a couple of days. A friend from another state was stopping by on his way through town and encouraged this man to go to the ER. That is where it was discovered he had stage four lung cancer.
“The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness.” ~ Norman Cousins ~
Norman Cousins was able to overcome stage four cancer and his doctor’s recommendation to go home and prepare for death. Loneliness is a state of mind and there is nothing external that can diminish that feeling. Some people feel lonely in a crowd of friends and family. Others feel at peace when alone. Loneliness is just a state of mind and can be healed with inner work.
If you are feeling lonely, get out in nature and discover the miracles of nature. Surround yourself with the beauty around you. Become creative – dance, sing, paint, draw, create jewelry, use nature as your inspiration. Nature provides a place to connect with Earth’s energy to revitalize you. Get out and meet people, talk to people and find beauty in everyone and everything. Look for the designs and flow of how everything is connected.
- What is your quest?
- Are you on the right path?
- Do you have flow in your life and are you content with where you are heading?
- If not, what steps can you starts to take today toward your life’s
Without a plan how will you move forward and how will you know if you know if you are heading in the right direction. Small steps lead to a great life especially when you have set specific goals to reach. We never stop our quest, we just improve it along the way. If you are uncertain of how to take steps necessary to meet your goals or start your quest, please contact me and we can prepare a plan together. Either complete the form below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Love and Light!