What Does it Mean to Belong?

Belonging means survival. I’m reminded of this as I try to imagine how I’d survive this spell of extreme cold without other humans; people who build homes and create systems to heat them; people who fix burst water mains and salt our icy roads. I have an active imagination, but I can’t imagine that at all. I am able to survive because of other humans and the many gifts they bring.

Belonging means purpose. In my work and as a volunteer I‘m able to discover and live out my purpose within the communities I’m part of. They allow me to share my greatest gifts with those most needing what I can offer.

Belonging means support. It’s great to be able to be a helper, and it’s essential to be able to receive help. This past year of illness, treatment and recovery has shown me the importance of asking for help, and of finding it is there for the asking.

Belonging means resilience. Being part of trusting, accepting, supportive relationships allows me to survive. More than that, it allows me to thrive, even when adverse circumstances cause such far-reaching change that it’s not possible to recover by “bouncing back” – there’s only moving forward.

Belonging means hope. World and national events are far bigger than I am. During these turbulent times, I’ve sustained hope through reminders that I am not alone. I can join forces, voices and funds with millions of others who also wish to see a different and better world take shape.

Belonging means creating new (ad)ventures. I get great ideas on my own. But do I really get them by myself? Sometimes. Maybe.

More often they’re the result of a magical potion, made up of what’s going on in the world around me, what’s going on in my inner world, and my interactions with others.

Even as a solopreneur, pretty much everything I do is based on something I learned through connections with others. Some of my work is delivered solo and some in collaboration. The past year’s collaborations let me grow into areas in which I have something to bring to the table, and something to gain from it. I look forward to more such (ad)ventures in 2018.

Quest 2018 Roundtable Discussion

The roundtable conversation in Quest 2018’s fourth and final week engaged Visionary Leaders Dorie Clark, Jonathan Fields, and Jeffrey Davis in sharing their thoughts on competition and community for entrepreneurs, creatives and business leaders.

Listening to it set off a shower of sparks. In their light I saw something that I hadn’t recognized in the midst of persisting and doing the work. There is an active and growing Keys to Change community. You are part of it. I am part of it.

I’m glad you’re here.


The Instigations


Finding or building community starts with shared values and beliefs. Write down three or four deeply held values or beliefs about the way you see the world and what’s important to you.


“To get an invitation, you have to give an invitation.”

Who will you invite to the table in 2018, and what form will this take?

Try responding to these and see where your thoughts take you!

Many Ways to Quest

Frances Fey: #WeQuest #CompetitionCommunity 

Kelsey Blackwell: Week 4: #CompeteCommunity 

Katie DeJong: Quest 2018 – Can Competition be Healthy in Entrepreneurship? 

Alicia K. Anderson: Inviting Change 


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