Situations like this are often met with frustration within me and then doubt of whether or not I am actually learning ANYTHING!
My fellow co-adventurers on this mission called Life. If you encounter similar feelings and fears do not worry. Here is what I have figured out and what may actually be working in your life as well.
We are NOT going backwards! (Woo hoo!)
Some lessons in life are intricate and full of complexity. Learning a lesson that Life has provided for us does not always feel "good". Once we learn a part of it we feel relief and are able to let that part go. This does not mean; however, that we have learned everything there is to learn from this lesson. It is like a video game with levels. Once we complete one level we feel great, celebrate, take a break. Then we go back to conquer the next level in order to complete the entire game.
Life presents us with lessons level by level. Once we conquer one level in a lesson sometimes we are given a break. The break may be a minute long or a few months long, but eventually, if the full lesson has not yet been learned we are presented with it again some time down the road. We recognize the lesson from our past. We remember working on it. We wonder;
Why is this happening again?
Am I going backwards?
Am I making ANY real progress?!
The lesson reemerges not to take us back to the beginning, but to pick up from where we have left off so we can continue learning. Life is a great instructor! It pushes us to learn, but at our own pace without overloading us to the extreme.
Some lessons are extremely challenging, yes. But let us be honest. Once the lesson is learned life becomes so much more amazing!