Love in Action Heals Us and the World
Contact Me
A Roadmap for the Hero, Part 12: Return With The Elixir

12. The End of the Journey

This is the final stage of the hero’s journey. She returns home to her Ordinary World a changed woman and will have grown as a person, gained knowledge, faced many terrible dangers and even death but now looks forward to the start of a new life. Her return may bring a renewed hope to those she left behind, a direct solution to her problems or even a new perspective for everyone to consider. 

The final reward that she gains can be literal or metaphorical. There might be a cause for celebration, self-realization, or an end to the worries and troubles that have plagued her. But whatever happens, it has three qualities––it represents change, success and proof of her journey. This also must be a time of resolving the struggles of the other important players in the story. The hero’s critics and enemies will be humbled or ostracized, and her allies rewarded. The hero goes back to the beginning, but things are different and will never be the same.

Let’s look at Doris and her Return With the Elixir:

“And from that time on, the bats kept watch over the fairies at night, and neither the bats nor the fairies had anything to fear. The bats protected the fairies at night, swooping down to scare away anyone who threatened to clip their wings. And the fairies made the bats laugh during every thunderstorm. And Doris never questioned why she was born a fairy ever again.”

Doris has sowed peace and community into the woodland. The fairies never again have to be scared of bad people doing bad things because the bats protect them. And the bats don’t have to tremble at the sound of a thunderstorm again because the fairies make them laugh and stick around so they can share good times with each other. Because Doris gave the woodland a new perspective to consider through her party and honey cakes, everyone can stop being afraid and instead help one another in the community. 

Have you ever returned from a quest to help people consider a new perspective? When have you renewed hope for your community? Have you ever come home but everything was different and will never be the same again? Write about the experience you have with the times you’ve returned from a quest as a changed woman? How did it affect your friends and enemies?

This is Part 12 of a 12 part series.

Be sure to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, and Part 11 if you missed it!

Twentyone Olive Trees is coming soon to a bookstore near you. Sign up to be notified about special book release events, and to be an advance reader.

Final Stage
Hero’s Journey

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You Might Also Like
Being The Hero Of Your Own Story
Being the Hero Of Your Own Story

Seemingly everywhere I go, I encounter ordinary people who’ve accomplished extraordinary things. Profiles in courage, towering love, and passion, these people’s transformational stories all have one thing in common––they lifted themselves out of their own pain by lifting up others. But before they could do that, they discovered and embraced the art of being themselves, […]

Read more
Where There is Love, There is Life

After dropping the tool he had in his hand, he wiped his forehead and eyes and stood up, puzzled. What in the world can that be?, he must have said to himself, but because his preoccupation was with the broken-down water system and he knew that he had a limited amount of time to fix it, he kept ignoring the idea that maybe, and seriously maybe, something else needed his attention right away elsewhere. He couldn’t exactly pinpoint where those sounds came from, but he quickly figured out once he started walking behind the gate and around the pond with the papyrus trees.

Read more

Ethiopia is a country that still fills my heart to this day. I took a memorable eight-day trip to Ethiopia with G-Adventures, the National Geographic tour operator that teaches what exploration with purpose means, in August 2019.

Read more
A Roadmap for the Hero, Part 9: Reward

Doris receives adulation from fairies and bats through their laughter. This is her reward. Her honey cakes worked to bring joy and peace. Doris’s reward lies in helping the fairies see the fruits of their folly-filled labor––the witness of their first joke. This gives the fairies wisdom, and they can use it to give them courage to not fly away and be brave.

Read more
Meeting Mama John

I had the pleasure of meeting Rev. Anne Mugane, known as Mama John, during what would be the sunset of her life. She was the founder and director of Merciful Redeemer Children’s Home, located just outside of Nairobi, Kenya. Her vision and burden had always been to reach out to the needy and less fortunate. […]

Read more
A Roadmap for the Hero, Part 4: Meeting The Mentor

The needs of the hero when she meets her guide or mentor can be small or large. The guide can give an object, like a ring, or just simple insight, like the way the canary’s presence gives Doris an idea and the courage to see it through. This help can also come in the form of wise advice, practical training, or even just a kind word that can give the character some self-confidence. The guide’s advice always takes away the hero’s fears and doubts and brings her strength and courage to begin her quest.

Read more