Tuesday, April 21, 2015

R is for Return

When I left my home in January, I didn't expect I would ever return. But then, we all know what I've learned about expectations this year!

My decision to return home was one made from a place of love and learning but it wasn't exactly easy. When I left, I was confident I wouldn't return and I couldn't help but think of how I would appear to others for coming back. And of course, I struggled with the question of why the heck did I leave in the first place?

I had been home for about a week when I received this beautiful image via text from a friend. My eyes filled with tears as I read the words. It was exactly what I needed at that moment.

I left because I had to. That's clear to me now. Things would not be exactly as they are now if I hadn't gone. Returning was exactly what I needed to do as well. Mr. Pratchett's words couldn't be more fitting for my situation. Sure I could have stayed but I would have spent the rest of my life wondering What if? 

So the lesson here is borrowed from that wise quote: Returning to where you started isn't the same as never having left.

Do you agree?


  1. I've returned to the Southern California area 3 times over my life and you are right, it isn't the same as never having left. It changes, we change, but we do come back perhaps a bit wiser to enjoy the change that occurred in each of us during the process.

  2. I definitely agree that sometimes we need to leave in order to see clearly. Sometimes we appreciate it more, and sometimes we realize that it's time to leave it completely. But better to know, as you said, than to wonder.