was 42 or 43 when I first stumbled upon chivalry
and felt the irresistibly attraction of its deeper meaning. Back
then, I had no idea where it would lead. It was just a personal
quest that my heart and mind responded to.
The lessons I learned since then have been invaluable,
but the process of learning them more valuable still. I cannot express
the thrill I experienced with every step. Sheer excitement. Like
the thrill of the hunt only intellectual, emotional.
Learning in such a manner is truly transformative.
It instills a connection like no other. This is what the quest is
all about. It is a personal, private journey. A relationship with
truth in which you find bits and pieces as you go along. Sometimes
it is reasonable. Sometimes spiritual. Your experience cannot be
mine. Mine cannot be yours. That is what makes it so unique.
Fortunate is the man who understands and appreciates
the depth and meaning of his own personal quest.
One might look at one's life as mundane or uneventfulor
worse, unworthy of life's special revelations. The quest seems almost
a fantasy, little more than a romantic notion that has no significance.
Your life could never be a hero's journey because it is set in routine
and mindless repetition. Same people. Same events. Same trappings
of commercialism and technology, forever tightening its grip.
One cannot be a knight in shining armor anymore.
Horses are not welcomed on most city streets, and carrying a sword
or mace might get one arrested. Laws forbid citizens meting out
justice on their own. The outrage we experience when we see blatant
injustice is usually swallowed in moral impotence. The warrior ethic
has been defiled by that of the merchant, investor and celebrity,
who offer nothing of deep significance in return.
So where does one turn to find the true experience
There are books and fantasy groups, and web sites
like our own. But these are just tools that are separate from who
we are and the direct experience of the moral impetus. Tools and
fantasies are not the same as the authenticity we are looking for,
the authenticity that results in a firm grasp of life, here and
Only the quest can give us what we are looking
for, what we need. The casual reader, if he wants more, must look
at his life as a quest, a venue and daily invitation for learning
truths that otherwise escape us. It is a birthing process of the
soul. Our maturation into manhood.
One man's quest is just as significant and another's.
What gives it value, small or great, is your response to it. The
mundane life shackled by routine presents challenges for those who
are open to them, who face them with grace and virtue and concern
for others. Whereas routine often results in a deadening of the
soul, the perspective of the quest adds a perpetuity of life enhancing
opportunities. Something as simple as a genuine and unexpected smile
can glorify the moment with sudden meaning. Putting one's thoughts
aside to listen to a friend or stranger takes a grasp of time that
places you in the here and now to make a difference. Living your
ideals in your everyday dealings transforms the world in ways you
can scarcely imagine.
hero is one who responds to life's challenges rather than avoiding
them. The quest is as simple and as profound as that. The first
Trust, "I will develop my life for the greater good,"
expresses the very essence of the quest. The developing of one's
life is on-going. It does not end with a college degree, job title
or precious accolade. Each day is a new beginning, a new adventure,
in which the spiritual knight is tested.
this respect, the quest is forever, and each man's journey must
be respected for what it is.