In life, we all face our own challenges and difficulties. And, although we can empathise with other people and their problems, whether we have been through similar experiences or not, no one can be in our situations for us.
It was brought to my attention that Gandalf the Wizard in Lord of the Rings and when he shows up in the Hobbit film has a habit of telling his companions to either fight or run! Whether you are a fan of the Lord of Rings, or not, or whether you have seen the films or read the books, you are likely to have heard the famous Gandalf quote ‘Fly you fools!’.
Are you someone who craves adventure? Or are you someone who wishes they were more adventurous? Or do you dream of a life less ordinary, full of adventures beyond your imagination? Or are you quite content where you are in this life?
There are times in our lives when we feel hopeless, when we can’t see a way out, a way forward, a way to resolve our circumstances and we lose hope.
Let’s face it, life can be difficult and can throw us some low ballers or a curveball – something unexpected or deceptive that confuses, thwarts, or outwits us. Like a curveball in baseball which is difficult to hit or a low ball in rounders which is against the rules if below the knee, situations come at us, sometimes ‘out of the blue’ and it’s hard and it hurts.
In life, we can feel like we are fighting a losing battle or we’re on the losing side. Whether we are tackling fitness or weight loss, facing health issues, dealing with stress and anxiety, or raising children.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I wonder about my life and the way things have turned out. When life gets difficult or mundane or when we simply end up reflecting on our lives, we can end up wishing things had gone differently.
I was thinking about what Lady Galadriel said to the weary travellers who made up The Fellowship of the Ring, when they all stopped off on their journey at her place. The Lord of the Rings characters who stood in front of Lady Galadriel, as she welcomed them to Lothlórien, had been through some particularly difficult trials to say the least. Together, the group of nine fought some really evil opponents within an inch of their lives, and experienced fear like nothing else, having been pursued by a Dark Lord, a bunch of dark riders and some exceptionally ugly warriors all intent on killing them. If this was not enough, this group of weary wonderers had lost their beloved friend on their travels.
I often joke about there being a ‘Lord of the Rings’ line or quote to fit every situation in life. Well, I would I’m a ‘Lord of the Rings’ fan! In saying that there is depth to some of the lines and quotes from the film or book whether from Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins, Frodo, or Sam or any of the other characters. “It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” (Isaiah 55:11)