QUEST: July 5


Today I walked out the door and began my 2024 Quest.  And so it begins.

Today’s walk is 21.3 miles, and I begin with the longest segment of the entire walk to the monastery.  I might still be walking as you read this!  But when I get to today’s destination, I’ll already have covered about eight percent of the entire journey.

My amazing wife, Kathryn, will stay with me tonight and for the rest of the weekend, as I rest up for the remainder of the Big Walk.  We’ll be staying at a bed-and-breakfast which looks to be a comfortable place to rest and gear up for the seven weeks ahead.


Then, Monday, I have to say “Ta-Ta for now” to Kathryn and continue on with the next “leg” of the journey.  I won’t see her again for several days.

Over those several days, we’ll see how effective my preparations will prove to be.  But today, at least, I feel confident that I can make it.  This is ultimately a test of my faith, I think, more than a test of my preparations.

The notion of “Beginning” has always intrigued me.  When I was born into this world, my first (involuntary) act was to “take a breath.”  In truth, I believe I took a breath of a dual nature that day… half was physical, and the other half was the “Breath of Life” given to nourish and sustain the spirit of Christ inside me.

Today, of course, I “took a deep breath” and plunged out into the world to start my Quest.

Throughout my life, I’ve noticed this “breathtaking” aspect of certain actions.  The deep breath you take before diving into the pool.  The deep breath you take as you’re exiting the aircraft with a parachute on your back.  The deep breath you take before you make an entrance as a stage actor.

When I think about it, every time I made one of these “entrances” (each of which I’ve done many times), I was “re-living” that first breath from my birth.  I was leaving the known and the perceived “safe” – the air at the pool, the aircraft, the quiet dark of backstage – and plunging into a completely different “world.”

In most cases, I was leaving the darkness, and entering the light.

Great time to take a breath, don’t you think?

I intend to keep breathing, and to keep walking, today and each of the next several days.  And I pray that The Lord will keep me cognizant of the fact that my physical breath is needed to sustain my body during the Quest, but that only the Breath of Life can sustain the soul within me.

Today, I re-read Genesis 1-3 for about the thousandth time.  Seemed appropriate.

Thanks for following my Quest.  If you’d like to respond, please post a comment here, or  send an email to  Either way, I look forward to reading your views when I return to my screen in late August.

So it begins!

Michael, July 5, 2024

Michael D. Hume, M.S.

Michael Hume is a freelance writer, singer, and songwriter, and author of The 95th Christmas. He's an honor graduate of the Defense Information School, and holds an M.S. from the University of Colorado School of Business. Michael is the author of hundreds of online articles, including the popular series Great Leadership Requires Inspiration, The Conscience of a Restorationist, Appreciate Your Adversaries, and Take Care of Your Business.

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