Q – Quest

Q

“Life begins as a quest of the child for the man and ends as a journey by the man to rediscover the child.” Laurens Van der Post

 

“Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth and the soul requires inward restfulness to attain its full height.”    Mahatma Gandhi

Hey, have you ever forgotten to look both directions only to get run-over by life?  Did you find out a family secret that maybe you were not wanted, then the light goes on…”Oh, that’s why I didn’t get along with my family.”  Or you go through a surprise divorce, or your job isn’t going the way you had it planned. Or maybe all of the above, or worse, is going wrong with your life.   At some point, you gain your equilibrium, plant your feet squarely on the ground only to say, “OK, WHY are these bad things happening to me, and WHAT can I do differently to make my life more enjoyable?”  Then the quest begins… to figure out who you are and what you love.

For me, I had to do some soul searching.  I looked at what I did wrong to actually determine if the problem was mine or not.  In some cases, I learned about perinatal and pre-natal trauma.  It is amazing how the trauma taking place in your mom’s life when she is pregnant with you can impact you in your growing up years.  Gee, no wonder life wasn’t going my way when I was a baby… light dawns.  So now it is time to take another step and move on with my life.

It is important to look at the good things we achieved and the things that didn’t go the way we wanted. Better yet, did your parents say, “You have to do “THIS,” when you didn’t think their choice of careers or schooling would work for you?  Now you have the opportunity to change.

Have you ever stopped to list what you LOVE to do?  Why not?  You might be amazed at what you discover about yourself.  Are you doing what you love?  Remember that it is NEVER too late to start something new.

Do you know what type of learner you are… visual, hands-on, intellectual, technical?  Are you a people-person or prefer to be solitary?  Once you start looking at what you love and how best you learn… take the next step.  Do something that you love.

One piece of advice that I loved is from the Celtic Treasure Chest regarding “Wandering.”  They recommend “losing yourself in order to find yourself.”  Take a different route than you usually take.  The book even recommends doing something unpredictable like going to sit in a new café or park.  Watch the people around you.  You might meet a new person or learn something different… EXPLORE!

I love to talk with people so I walk the waterfront near my home to talk to tourists and residents walking their dogs or playing with their children.  My ability to enjoy talking to strangers surprises me as I was always quiet and shy.  Now, as I’m aging and exploring who I am, my shyness is disappearing.  What a surprise.

Like the explorers of old, go wander through the thick underbrush of your life, you may be surprised at what you stumble across… a pot of gold!

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About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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10 Responses to Q – Quest

  1. patgarcia says:

    Hi,
    You know I really think you are becoming, and I think that is fantastic. You are growing into what was deep inside of you all along and your quest is to stretch your wings. And I see those wings stretched wide. It is so nice to see you walk towards your Quest.

    I enjoyed this article because it revealed some of the depth within you. Good job, Lady.

    Shalom,
    Patricia

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      As always, you are kind and supportive Patricia. The funny thing is that I know there is depth to me, but like with a foggy shower door, I didn’t see it until I wiped the steam away. Like with Susan’s “Aging and Becoming” that is part of my quest… I’m aging and becoming. I do appreciate you ladies.

  2. Susan Scott says:

    Beautiful post Gwynn thank you so much. Take a different walk, sit somewhere different when having a cup of coffee, say hello to that person who sometimes looks the other way. Be open to the unexpected. Recognise those depths .. become more of who you are. Thank you thank you…

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Actually, for a change, I probably should sit and enjoy the coffee and the view instead of charging on… or at least reward myself after my walk. Your posts on “Aging and Becoming” along with Patricia’s post challenge me to think and challenge me in general. So I SO Thank You both as you are inspirations to me. Questioning who we are definitely puts us on a quest. Thank you for your kind and lovely comments.

  3. I adore that first line, Gwyn — have you looked both ways only to be run-over by life? So much power packed in those words, so much to think about. Thank you. We shall explore either way, because like you said … we never know where we might find a pot of gold.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Staying stagnant isn’t healthy for anyone, so it is important to go out and explore… look at the way we do things and why. Plus, add that challenge by doing something different as you never know what blessings you will receive. Thanks for commenting Sylvia. I enjoyed your post this morning too.

  4. I love your lead and closing lines here, Gwynn. Very well thought, and a post abundant with wisdom, of taking responsibility and following one’s dream. As Patricia says, I do believe you are becoming, and, yes, that is fantastic.

    Thanks for a brilliant post.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      This challenge really has been good for me as it has made me think about so much. Now, I’m trying to please JUST me! I still have a lot to learn and experience as each time I finish or read comments something else occurs to me.

      Importantly, I do appreciate your support and comments! Thanks!!

      • It’s like T.J. says, Gwynn: It is interesting to hear your readers’ takes and insights on what you write. I love that aspect.

        • Gwynn Rogers says:

          Yes, receiving comments to my posts has been beneficial. I look at some of my posts and wonder if people will simply say “POOH, ICK!” So it is nice to hear that someone enjoys what I write.

          Now I have to learn to expand my writing… GULP!!

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