The Path of Trials
Now that our hero has taken the first step, the Path of Trials begins. The path contains challenges for the hero – often covering all of the mind, body, and spirit. The trials vary in difficulty and usually culminate with a challenge that the hero must face alone.
Luke Skywalker’s path takes him to the Death Star, space battles, and finally to a mission to destroy the Death Star where he ultimately succeeds by himself. William Wallace entered a number of battles (challenges) that increased in intensity and importance until his final challenge (dying with his integrity intact) is undertaken alone.
Our new middle schooler’s path takes her through peer pressure, trouble with history class, and a mean teacher. The college student encounters ridicule of his newfound confidence and positive outlook. He also battles with the temptation of binge drinking and the complexities of romantic relationships . The teacher is challenged to stay positive when school politics continues to rear its ugly head and students react poorly to the new initiatives. The office slave/entrepreneur has trouble finding clients, misses payments on some bills, battles against bouts of depression, and gets his first big sale.