On Returning Home Defeated

On Returning Home Defeated

When Emily and I moved back to Texas after living in Mexico and Peru I felt like a total failure. What made it even harder was we moved back to the same town, same job, and even the same little house. I’ll never forget when a friend with a low emotional intelligence score blurted out, “Bro! You are moving into the same old house! How awkward!”

I have several folks in the Summit Life program who are wrestling with the idea of going home. They ventured out, but seasons have changed in their life and it seems like going back to where they started is a wise choice for now. They all feel like the adventure is over. Some feel pretty defeated.

I’m convinced that often times the most courageous thing an adventure-lover can do is go home. You just have to make sure it’s done right. Always return humbly. Home has changed and so have you. Take some time to slow down and evaluate your experiences. Don’t look at going home as a failure. No experience is a failure if you learn from it. Stay open and teachable, you have some experiences to share and so do those who never ventured out.

If you are feeling like it might be time to go home, don’t be discouraged. There will be more adventure. I promise. But every adventurer needs to return to the shire for a while. Stay open and make the most of the season ahead.