Perhaps my Favorite Tolkien Quote…

When people talk about personal responsibility and daunting, dark times, I often return to a piece of dialogue that was burned into my heart when I first read the Fellowship of The Ring in Wilkerson Elementary School:

‘I wish it need not have happened in my time,’ said Frodo.

‘So do I,’ said Gandalf, ‘and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.’

Those lines–those perfect lines–summoned a courage in me.  It was a nascent feeling of empowerment that had been growing for a few years.  And hope grew with it.

It is easier now for us to see the right path. Courage will be our companion on that road.

“Not all who wander are lost.”
Peace & Love,