It’s December, and that means it’s time to embark on the Tracking Wonder Quest.

Lead by Jeffrey Davis, the Quest is for business leaders, creatives and entrepreneurs. It’s a meaningful and powerful opportunity to pause, reflect and actively seek to refine our vision, focus and commitment for the year ahead. For me it creates a touchstone to return to throughout the year. It helps me to remember my true self and my central passion and commitment as I shape the years’ work.

I value this time to slow down, to work on some big questions on my own, and to share my thoughts and questions with the growing pack of Questers who share similar passion, commitment and drive.

Each week in December, we listen to a podcast featuring a deep conversation between Jeffrey and two visionary leaders. Then we have the option to write, draw, collage, paint, or create a recording in response to their prompts.

Writing, doodling, drawing or otherwise creating in response to a good questions helps me discover what I think. So I’m grateful to Caroline Miller and Katie Dalebout their prompts for Week 1 of our Quest. Their prompts relate to the week’s theme of #purpose.

I’m responding to part of Caroline’s prompt:

What do you need to do in 2018 to ensure that you live without unnecessary regrets and have that kind of fulfilling purpose and impact on others?

and part of Katie’s:

How are you going to make sure in 2018 to create what you really want that will be for the greater good of humanity?

In the summer of 2016, a radiologist’s words, “We strongly suspect you have cancer,” plunged me into the world of serious illness. June marked the end of a successful 10-month course of treatment from which I emerge both changed and unchanged.

One of those changes is a sharper, clearer focus on the importance of spending each day as if it matters. Because each day does matter. It’s the collection of those days, one by one, week by week, month by month, year by year, that shapes the pattern of our lives and the impact we make for ourselves and others.

Another change is a heightened recognition of the importance of celebration. This July, I thought about what it meant to have finally emerged from  the ungroomed and unknown path I’d  just been on for the past 11 months. It was time to celebrate, I decided. I pledged to hold at least one celebration, large or small,  each month for the coming 11 months. And at the end of that cycle of celebrations? I’d start a new one.

These changes underscore my commitments to living without unnecessary regrets and to creating what I really want that will be for the greater good.

How does this show up in my work?

These changes show up in my work with a deepened focus on helping people and nonprofit organizations strengthen resilience. Not so much the bounce-back type of resilience that lets you return to the way things were before, but  the kind of  resilience that allows the positive adaptation that’s needed when a return to the previous situation is not possible.

This kind of resilience, known as transformative resilience, is what we need to find our way forward when you learn you have a chronic or life-threatening illness, when you lose a loved one, when you face the complexity of multiple, overlapping life changes during the same period of time or when your organization is challenged by the need to continually adapt to internal and external changes.

I’m committed to claiming and sharing my gifts in a way that meets a deep need – both of my own and of the world’s.

Many Ways to Quest

Here are links to some Quest packmates’ responses to our first week’s prompt. I love and learn from their variety, insight and creativity.

Suzi Banks Baum: Advent Week 2: A purpose full quest

Alicia K Anderson: Questing on Purpose

Jamie Hansen: Finding purpose, a response to Quest instigations

Barb Buckner Suarez: Using Your Children – For Good

Becky Lindstrom: The Paradox of A Purposeful Life

You Can Still Join In!

Is your interest in Quest 2018 piqued? It’s not too late to join us!

 

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