Choosing your attitude while living through difficulty

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is, among other things, an allegory for the battle between light and darkness, and the place of average folk in that struggle. We are, all of us, more like Hobbits than we might like to admit. We want to think we are like Aragorn or Legolas, but alas, we are more like Froddo, Samwise, Merry & Pippin. Or perhaps we are wrestling like Gollum/Smeagol with the two voices within us, alternately seeking to serve self and other.

On this journey, we have opportunities to chose our attitude toward the challenges we face. This is neither simply nor easy, but it is possible, even necessary, if we are to move forward toward wholeness in the midst of this life. The following brief exchange from The Fellowship of the Ring illustrates this point:

Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.

Gandalf: 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 to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.

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