“The drab and stark outlines provided by our struggles provide the chance for us to fill in the spaces with beautiful color.” ~Jason Michael Glenn
A return comes for us all. It’s the cyclical nature of life to promise this to us. But, most of us take this gift for granted, or we don’t understand it whatsoever. Often, we hear of returns in astrological references. And today I’m reminded of many things as this year Jupiter swings back again.
This return is a milestone, a marker upon the road of life.
It comes in many forms; our returns. The completion of a work that is soon visited by the results. The sun as it rises and sets. The Earth as it completes its revolution around our life-giving star. When we are born, and when we pass on. These returns are given, complementing life and opening our awareness to nuances unseen.
Often, we are visited by the return of an old pattern, an old friend or an old lesson that has come back to us. We call these things into our experience for purposes only our divine center knows of. But, be sure, we do ask for our returns impersonally.
Recently I’ve come to learn that the events of my life many years ago have come back to visit me again. Only this time these experiences are part of my daughter’s world, as she is at the age now where individuality is being born, tested and experiences are truly beginning to shape her world.
In her struggles, a return has come to me. And I’m reminded completely of my youth; of the hard won lessons that I learned. Some were difficult, some were easy and some I didn’t learn right away. In fact, it took several attempts to learn a few simple actions to take to avoid and mitigate both outer and inner conflicts.
My decisions were met with quick karma, and thankfully so.
But, as we all know, our youth is a time for testing the water, learning our strengths and making mostly poor choices. Personally, I’m grateful that I screwed up enough to finally get it right. As will she, I’m certain.
In looking upon our returns, we’re given a chance to view our lives from a higher perspective. We’re given the gift of hindsight, and clarity. We assume a higher position, one of knowledge based on experience. We can then impart advice, not only to our loved ones, but to ourselves as well.
This gives us the opportunity to add even more beauty to our lives, more color and more richness.
We all learn from our struggles, probably more than we learn from our triumphs. And in our times of return we have the superior vision to see how much we’ve grown, what we’ve learned and how far along our path we’ve traveled.
Life is a gift, and the return is a reminder of this. Each breath, every beat of our hearts given to us for free.
Always seek light, and your return will be bright.
Perhaps then, Jupiter will smile upon us all.