Q – The Quest Leads On

IMG_1985Literature and theatre are filled with seekers hanging our dreams on a “fool’s hope” as Gandalf so aptly named it in the third Lord of the Rings movie. With a strain of Don Quixote’s madness we follow the quest, choosing to keep tilting at our windmills believing that it is in us to find the object of our dreams.

It is. We just need to start looking a different way.

Once upon a time there was a child — you — or me — who had a dream of all the child could be. The child walked and skipped and danced along the pathway of that dream until the world around began to form a mold for the child to fit into. That is, for the child to fit into by cramping and twisting the dream to fit the designated space.

The child, trying to find acceptance outside, and believing the big people when they said that was what growing up meant shaved off pieces of the dream and shut them away in a secret place until the mold fit a little bit better. The child grew up wondering what was missing  there, at the edge of his sight.

Though you may have lived in the mold your were given and tried to remodel throughout your life, you can chose to quest inward for the dream. Even if you are content with social acceptance and filling roles, you never know what the future will bring. If by chance you accidently shut the child in with the dream, the child will keep banging on the door of your life until you listen. You may not even recognize the things your bring into your life or leave out of your life in your efforts to shut out that sound.

The difference between us and Don Quixote is that our “Dulcinea” really exists. Within each of us is this child that holds the vision of what we are meant to be. The talismans and guides lie in our childhood dreams, in the things in life that cause that jump and flutter deep in the regions of our souls, in our sleeping and waking dreams, in our hopes, our longings, in the things we do that resound as Yeses! inside. These aids and signposts reside in our disappointments, our seeming failures, our regrets, our longings.

Do you have the courage to share this journey inward to find the gift that is your life? It is scary at times, and dangerous, and fun, and joyful, and dark and bright. It will separate you from some and bring you towards others but in the end, it will unite you to the only one who will be with you to the end.

“Except you come as a child….”, could that also mean a willingness to be all you were meant to be, to accept all that you are?

The treasure you seek, the one you have to share with the world, is inside you.

For me? If it is only a “fool’s hope” than I want to be a fool.

“Not all those who wander are lost.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

The road must be trod, but it will be very hard. And neither strength nor wisdom will carry us far upon it. This quest may be attempted by the weak with as much hope as the strong. Yet it is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: Small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“The good news is that the moment you decide that what you know is more important than what you have been taught to believe, you will have shifted gears in your quest for abundance. Success comes from within, not from without.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Write every day, line by line, page by page, hour by hour. Do this despite fear. For above all else, beyond imagination and skill, what the world asks of you is courage, courage to risk rejection, ridicule and failure. As you follow the quest for stories told with meaning and beauty, study thoughtfully but write boldly. Then, like the hero of the fable, your dance will dazzle the world.”
― Robert McKee

“The journey is the treasure.”
― Lloyd Alexander, The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio




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