TED is all about ideas worth spreading.  Ideas shared via stories – authentic stories of lives, lessons learned and interesting facts.  You can’t help but wonder in awe, “Who would have thought? Who knew that was possible?”

TED builds community through story telling.  It’s as simple as that.  Stories are shared around the globe.  In the old days we had pen pals (remember those?) and actually wrote letters to people we didn’t know.  Now, the power of video brings us together via smartphones, tablets, a PC or the TV on your kitchen counter, building a bond as we share a lesson.

At yesterday’s TEDxCrestmoorParkWomen, many of us spoke about our quests – for fulfilling lives and meaningful work, for clues about how to relate to one another and lessons learned about community and the power of patience.  Sometimes we must rely on a community of one – ourselves.

My quest began with a question – an inspiration to explore.  I felt compelled to discover the answer.  Others didn’t embark from the same point – the inspirational question.  Their quest began when their original journey hit a road block.  Detour ahead.  Breakdown on the highway of life.  Though like me, they yearned.

So, here’s to yearning.  While we’re at it, let’s quest and conquer too.  Let’s call it what it really is – epic.

Let’s shout Eureka!

Heartfelt thanks to our curator and my dear friend Dafna Michaelson Jenet.  I met Dafna in 2008 in Leadership Denver.  At the time she was beginning to yearn for something more in life.  She walked smack into the “detour ahead” sign and, being the gutsy woman she is said, “Let’s go.”  Who would have thought she’d embark on the quest that would so transform her life?

A special shout out to Triffany Hammond for inspiring me to dust off some vocabulary.  I’m channeling my inner Lewis and Clark.