Do you recall certain phrases or fables which express a truth that repeatedly is revealed in your consciousness?

Years ago, I heard Mike Singletary speak. Mike was a hard-nosed, all-pro middle linebacker for the Chicago Bears. He was engaging and as intense in this leadership talk as he was on the gridiron. He planted a seed that day that has sprouted into one of the mantras of my life.

“Truth and time walk hand in hand!”

When I first heard it, I don’t think I was stunned or blown away. Yet, this seed has germinated over the years and now is one of the staples of my life and one I share with my coaching clients.

“Truth and time walk hand in hand!”

If we are patient…If we trust…If we just wait…the truth will be exposed over time.

It probably won’t be revealed as quickly as we may like. It probably won’t be unraveled at the pace we may like. And when it is revealed we may not even like the effect it may generate.

The reason I struggle with this is that I like to be in control. I want to make sure that I am a handler of truth; dispensing it at my will, on my command.

Truth is a gift to be handled with integrity, with a sacred sense of honor.

Those who seek to manipulate the truth or bully others with their perception of the truth will eventually be faced with a stark reality – you can only “manage” perception for so long before the truth is revealed. Over time the real truth will be exposed.

What makes this even more mysterious is that neuroscience is teaching us that the limbic part of our brain, which has no capacity for language, expresses what we just “know to be true” or “feel” or “sense.” So when someone is feeding us a line, a lie, a half-truth, or a crock of barn-kaka, there is something that doesn’t seem right. We just know at some level that what they are trying to sell is not true. Try as we may, to wade through the smoke-and-mirrors of their speech; we may just have to wait for the truth to be revealed.

At the risk of offending my high school history teachers, I don’t remember anything about studying the Holy Grail. My first recollection was the humorous rendering of Monty Python and the Holy Grail; crusaders singing of spam and bridge keepers who held the key to passage (“the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow”).

History tells us that quest of the Grail was fraught with danger and bloodshed. Somehow the singing Minstrels had a way of taking the edge off the violence, “He was not in the least bit scared to be mashed into a pulp, or to have his eyes gouged out, and his elbows broken. To have his kneecaps split, and his body burned away, and his limbs all hacked and mangled…” Okay! Okay!

Maybe I could glean insight from the Indian Jones series. Indiana would confront his dad, “This is an obsession, Dad. I’ve never understood it. Never. Neither did Mom.”  How true! The quest of the Holy Grail began as an obsession and was portrayed as such throughout history.

The Holy Grail is rift with legends which first appeared in Europe around 1180 and flourished until the mid-Fourteenth Century.  Legend records stories of journey turned quest; genuine myth anchored in men’s reality. Myths of the Holy Grail were reflected raw determination and focus; men would stake their life on finding it.

We face a temptation today, an apathetic shrug to great quests.  Although we have a world of possibilities at our fingertips so many people have difficulty reading meaningful patterns of our existence. Too many wander without much purpose; unsure of where to apply their talents.

When I ask people today if they could clearly articulate their purpose, I often get an uncomfortable mumble in response. If given the opportunity to articulate a personal mission statement many people look at me like I’ve just asked them to describe life on Mars.

It may be difficult to express and even more challenging to face, but what may be needed is that we embark on a vision quest. To face an oft-buried desire to enter the “grail” of our interior world to find out why we are here and what we are to do.

Have you taken such a journey? Can you lean on the stories of others who have made such a quest and now live with a clarity you desire? Are there people who could challenge you to make the quest, encourage you along the way, and cheer you on when you return?