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Sep 132013
 

About This Endeavor

Laying The Groundwork

 

Don Quixote and Windmills

The Quest

In The Man of Lamancha Don Quixote first comes across as a kind of bumbling “knight errant”—a seemingly hopeless idealist who stumbles around from one unlikely event to another.  And yet—and yet, he had a vision that individual people could be more than they thought they could be, and that the world could be a better place.  However ill-conceived his plan, however unlikely a knight errant, however ill-equipped he was for this quest, and whatever the price, he did his part to make that vision a reality.

I identify with Don Quixote and his quest—his “Impossible Dream”. Sometimes my own efforts to continue on the spiritual journey and to teach and write about spirituality seem just as ill-conceived—just as idealistic.  I often feel just as unlikely a “knight errant”, and just as ill-equipped for this quest.  And yet, like Don Quixote, I know that following this quest; pursuing my own “Impossible Dream” as best that I can, is the only thing that is enough for me in this life.

The Impossible Dream*

Reflecting On The Quest

A Time of Reflection

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go
To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star
This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far
To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell
For a heavenly cause
And I know if I’ll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I’m laid to my rest
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.
From The Man of LaMancha

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* From Man of La Mancha (1972), Music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion. From http://www.realclassics.com

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