And so, we’re there. I wonder what we return to this year?
My mind’s eye wanders to Enders Game (the book, not the movie–only because I didn’t think the movie portrayed the game well) and to Ender’s struggle with the video game that was designed to help teach him in battle school, through which he could get a little bit further as he learned–the game responding to his responses in order to create challenges just for him.
That’s a lot like life. We return to familiar situations with new knowledge and new experience, and sometimes we’re able to accomplish new things. Sometimes life offers us new challenges that we’re not sure what to do with them. Sometimes we need to return again in order to figure out the puzzles life offers us.
Sometimes, it’s the actual process of returning that helps us. The going back again and again. The comfort in repetition, but also the opportunity to find that one thing that we didn’t find last time that gets us just a little bit closer.
Maybe that’s why we do this every year.
And, along the way, we never know who might drop by with apples and honey and help us in our struggle. Returning a smile that maybe never should have left. Helping to bring us a taste of sweetness, even through challenges.