My introduction to Petrea King and Quest was brought about 25 years ago by a husband who was dying from melanoma and who had an appetite for information and self-help.
We sought out a lovely cottage in Crows Nest – this was Petrea’s base and a very busy one. Even then, as now, she found time for us. It is something you don’t forget.
QUEST TALKS ABOUT LIFE’S D’S
Several years ago, I found myself drowning in Ds!
Divorce, disease, dysfunction, despair, disinterest, depression.
So, as I was drowning, it was Quest that came to mind and I found myself on a 5-day residential program appropriately named, Healing Your Life.
It was held at the Centre in Bundanoon which is situated in beautiful, landscaped grounds.
Quest for Life provided a soft landing-pad for me.
There were no judgements.
There were no expectations.
It was and is, just a place to be. And learn.
I REMEMBER FEELING DIFFERENT DRIVING HOME
LIKE ALL HIGHS THERE IS A COMPLEMENTING LOW
And then you find your own rhythm and balance and can highlight what is important to you from all the tools that Quest shares with its participants.
I now am in a good place – I am healthier in mind and body
I recognize very strongly what is important for my wellbeing and I recognize that Quest helped me settle the score on that.
- I am mindful.
- I am resilient.
- I am responsive, not reactionary.
- And I say with ease and grace, “NO”.
After I left the program, I felt a need to return to Quest in a different capacity.
It was the Greek philosopher Aristotle’s ancient words about volunteering that say it so simply and wisely.
“What is the essence of life?
To serve others and do good.”
VOLUNTEERING WAS OBVIOUS
I suppose for me volunteering is about putting my love into action and motion – energizing the love that otherwise would lay fallow.
I thank Petrea and Quest.
I thank my beautiful and strong fellow workers.
Sassi shares her story as part of Quest’s Christmas Appeal 2019.