The Road Back ~ The Quest of Living ~ Post 20

“And they lived happily ever after.”

Not yet.

The Ordinary World did not become perfect while we were away on the journey. The neurosis, flaws, habits, desires or addictions (our own or others’) are still there.

The Road Back will not be this smooth …

Family, friends and coworkers may not welcome the new you.
Who will be the butt of their jokes if you are sober?
Who will shoulder their anger if you quit the role of appeaser?
Who will be their crutch if you follow your ambitions?

On the road back, Doubt walks beside us and asks, “Was it really worth it?”

Revenge appears and says, “Take me.”

Except we can’t take both Revenge that inflicts suffering and Rewards that give grace.

If we take Revenge we drop the Rewards.

Drop our Rewards and we reset the journey.

Our story, “Once Upon a Time …” is stalled until the inner journey of character mirrors the outer journey of deeds.

Ann is an author and artist. She's lived and worked in Korea, England and Germany as a counselor, college instructor and director of a family support center. Her master’s degree from Boston University encompassed studies at the University of Cambridge. Ann’s Flash History Biography series has reached international shores and covers: Eleanor Roosevelt ~ Unleashed, Golda Meir ~ True Grit, and Marie Curie ~ A Nobel Life. Ann lives in northern California enjoying her life with her adult children. She is currently working on her next book "Making Life Meaningful".


  1. Nancy

    Thank you for the journey. Some interesting discoveries along the way! So glad you will publish this. Hope to see you soon.

  2. Matt Smith

    “Family, friends and coworkers may not want the ‘new’ you.”

    Indeed. There is always the pressure to conform especially after some great realization has evolved your character beyond their comprehension.

    As you might have guessed, I take great pleasure in mocking those who would seek my conformity.

  3. Ann Atkins

    Like breaking the 1 minute mile – when someone shows it can be done, this can be annoying to those who want to stay the same.

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