Are you just chasing air and fighting windmills? Does it seem like your Noble QUEST is nothing more than an endless “do over” while burning you out and spinning your wheels?
Don Quixote “fought the good fight”, but to what end? How much can anyone really handle and change? Are you taking on too much in your QUEST to make a better life for yourself, or others around you?
Whether you are proactively on a QUEST taking on all comers while searching for the perfect life, or reactively on your QUEST while fighting off what is coming at you, we are all on a path, journey or QUEST.
So how do you keep sane while on the QUEST? What actions or non actions can help you stop from fighting the wind or being protected from it?
“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”, the famous line from Forrest Gump, is how I have felt over the last year. From my daily activities at work, to family, to working in the NFL, to Television and Radio, to a book release and inspirational speaking, it has been a whirlwind. My QUEST, wasn’t even a QUEST I was planning for, it was more of a reactive QUEST. What I have learned is that the lessons from my life prior to this experience have showed me where the wind comes from and how to tell which windmills are a real threat. Throughout this journey I have also become enlightened that even though I may be in different circumstances, much of it is all the same just packaged differently. “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” - Paul the Apostle Philippians 4:12. This perspective, helps me deal with the contrast of the the “box of chocolates” quote above.
A deeper look and perspective on your QUEST:
Quit - That’s right, quit. There is a great relief that comes from this, and recognition that most of the things that we are chasing, aren’t as important as we thought they were. What was bothering you 5 years ago today? You probably can’t remember. Quit worrying, and relax.
Used - Are you Using or being Used up on your QUEST? Is what you are Using really Using you? We spend time striving to collect things, collect more relationships, collect more fame, but end up being collected. Be careful of overUse, because it will overUse you!
Experience - Has your QUEST stolen your present with the promise of a present? Does more stuff, either gathering or winning victories, truly fulfill you? Have you driven by a junkyard, those were gifts under the Christmas tree, or looked in the boxes full of trophies in your garage? Make sure you enjoy your QUEST by seeing the beauty of the Present!
Simplify - Do you need a moving van to carry all your stuff around? Is your load so heavy that you dread each day, that the things you own really own you? How much is enough, and how much do we all really need? What is not necessary just weighs you down, let go, SIMPLIFY and travel light!
Trust - What motivates you pursuing this QUEST? Is it vengeance, greed, pride, emptiness…….? Do you feel compelled to move forward or be still out of emotional needs? Most of the windmills that appear to be monsters, are just windmills. Trust that your QUEST can be one where you can keep your integrity and have faith that your contribution is enough.
Whatever your QUEST is, it isn’t an IMPOSSIBLE DREAM, you have the ability to choose how you respond to your QUEST.
“Not all those who wander are lost.” - J.R.R. Tolkien
“It’s funny how, in this journey of life, even though we may begin at different times and places, our paths cross with others so that we may share our love, compassion, observations, and hope. This is a design of God that I appreciate and cherish.” - Steve Maraboli
“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” - Ernest Hemingway
“The only journey is the one within.” - Rainer Maria Rilke
And my Favorite:
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath beforehand ordained, that we should walk in them. - Ephesians 2:10
Bible Verses to Consider: Psalm 119:105, Proverbs 22:6, Matthew 11:28-30