Post copyright by Doris McCraw
uest! Once I knew I had the letter Q, this was the only thing I wanted to write about. A person would think that knowing would make the writing easier. Nothing could be further from the truth. When I wrote on the letter E, https://writingwranglersandwarriors.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/elevation-education/, many ideas went through my mind, and the writing was easy. That has not been the case for this one. My analytical mind said, it is because it is so personal, while my creative mind balked at all the possibilities.
The meaning according to Merriam-Webster: (noun) – a journey made in search of something or a long and difficult effort to find or do something (verb) – to go on a journey to find something. The definition could well be the definition of our lives.
Remember the tale of King Arthur, Camelot and the knights of the round table. Through these compilation of stories we get the one of Lancelot and his son Galahad and the quest for the Holy Grail. Here is a link to the early Le Morte D’Arthur by Thomas Mallory, from the Guttenberg Project. http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1251/1251-h/1251-h.htm. This is a quest in the grand tradition.
In the 1970’s there was a television show called “The Quest” with Kurt Russell and Tim Matheson. It is the story of two brothers, separated early in life, who join together in the search for their sister. Although the show never aired all the filmed episodes, the concept of searching for something that was lost, much like the Sir Galahad story, resonated with me. If you would like to know more, here is the wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Quest_%281976_TV_series%29. I would say all movies and television shows have ‘the quest’ as the driving force behind their stories.
All of which brings us to our ‘personal’ quest. We all are in search of something. Even when we find it, we will find another quest to pursue. Sometimes it may be something small, like planting a flower pot to place on the porch, to creating a large garden to supply food for the coming year. Maybe it’s writing a small article for the newspaper/magazine or creating the novel that resides in your heart and mind. When completed there is a sense of accomplishment, but not the sense that life is finished. I believe our lives are composed of one quest after another. It is the journey we take to reach that end, the way we live our lives, how we touch others, that is the true gift of ‘the quest’. It is why the stories, of Arthur and the knights of the round table, of Sir Galahad, and even the books, movies and television shows, stay with us long after we have finished watching and reading them.
Many songs also talk about a quest. “Old Man River” from “Showboat” has a line – I get weary and sick of trying, I’m tired of living and scared of dying, but old man river he just keeps rolling along”. That is life in a nut shell, we may get tired, but we keep going. (I’ve always been partial to Paul Robson’s version in the 1939 movie of the play.) “The Sound of Music” is celebrating fifty years. Who hasn’t been moved by the words to “Climb Every Mountain”? Perhaps the strongest and most moving words are from the song “The Impossible Dream”, from the play/movie “Man of La Mancha”. The last lines of the song encapsulate what life and quests are about: And the world, will be better for this, that one man, scorned and covered with scars, still strove, with his last ounce of courage, to reach the unreachable star, We all have within us the need to be more, to love more and live more. When we strive toward the quests of our lives, we invariably impact so many others. More about the movie/play :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_of_La_Mancha.
I encourage you to watch the clip from the movie “Man of La Mancha” with Peter O’Toole. https://youtu.be/RfHnzYEHAow
Here is to our lives and the quest we have to live the life of our dreams. May your quests be successful and your life full of many wonderful journeys. Until next time.
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Doris Gardner-McCraw/Angela Raines
Author, Speaker, Historian-specializing in
Colorado and Women’s History
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