Quest came into my life as I was preparing for my retirement. The final Quest retreat coincided with my retirement, and a part of the wisdom I gained through my experience with Quest was to be more intentional about how I would create meaning in my life. From the moment I walked through the doors of my church home in 1983, I was involved -- in committees and Boards, and choirs and festivals, organizing conferences and painting walls, in pledge campaigns, church school and adult classes both as a teacher and learner, and all of the myriad tasks that await the hands, heart, and mind of the willing volunteer.
I realized during Quest that I am of an age where I am ready to look back and reflect on the way I've lived my life, and what mark I want to make in the remainder of my time on this earth. I realized I had entered my legacy years, but I needed some time to figure out just what I meant by that! Immediately upon my retirement, I announced from the rooftops that I was taking a sabbatical of sorts: At least a year of saying NO to all of the many worthy, tempting, interesting opportunities that came my way.
As I approached the end of The Year of the No, I decided it felt so good that I would extend it for six more months! It was around that time that I got a call from Kelly Crocker asking me to be a part of a planning group that would spend about six months reviewing the Quest 1 evaluations, revising the curriculum for Quest 2, and developing the curriculum for publication outside FUS. Imagine my surprise (and Kelly's) when I found myself saying "yes." Not a hesitant yes, or a well-somebody's-gotta-do-it yes, but an immediate, unquestioning yes. And it was an even better Yes than I could ever have imagined, as the "about six months" turned into many more months of often intense but always insightful, rewarding and important work.
In the process of working with the incredible group of people who comprised the planning team, I found a depth to my life experiences that I had never encountered. It was a rare collaboration, one of great respect, nurturing and building on each other's ideas, a lot of laughter, and even a few tears. And so Quest for me became the gift that keeps on giving, and may it be so for you as well.
Quest 1 Participant and member of the Planning Committee