“And they lived happily ever after.”
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.