Ask – Is Improv My Querencia?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
Mary Oliver (from The Summer Day)

From an April 2014 improv jam hosted by SF improv troupe Other People's Children
From an April 2014 improv jam hosted by SF improv troupe Other People’s Children

This image above – one of my favorite life’s moment – at an improv jam.

The quote – one of my favorite poems – the closing line from The Summer Day, which you can listen to, as read by the author, Mary Oliver.


I shared about querencia over here. To refresh, Georgia Heard, in Writing Toward Home: Tales and Lessons to Find Your Way, describes querencia as –

… a place where one feels safe, a place from which one’s strength of character is drawn, a place where one feels at home.

Perhaps stated differently – whatever one’s philosophical approach (or approaches) to life is, there is querencia. I feel like each person seeks his/her place in the world and perhaps it’s how we choose to approach the world that is our querencia.


Although I learned about querencia as part of a servant-leader class in 2011, querencia is not tied solely to servant leadership. As mentioned in the previous post, from my perspective, querencia may emerge as part of one’s self-awareness. From my final paper for The Foundations of Servant Leadership class, I wrote –

“I am going to serve – the desire to serve those who want a better environment and to so do through improving the relationships, communications, respect, and trust – that is what is important for me.  The place and setting will evolve.”

– and my mantra emerged –


As I re-read the excerpt from my final paper, it is very much what improv is about – connecting with another person in whatever place and setting evolves.

That said, perhaps improv is my querencia. At a minimum, I can say that being part of the improv community feels like home, choosing to approach my life from the way of improv feels like home, and early exploring of anthrocubeology feels like home, and creating the way of anthrocubeology feels like home.

What is your querencia – whether or not you are an improviser, a behavior designer, or a servant-leader?

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