Ok Ok… I know, enough already about Aragorn… and you’ll have to bear with me at least one more time, because I think this is really profound!


All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows will spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken:
The crownless again shall be king.

I am finding so much comfort in that phrase, “not all those who wander are lost… the old that is strong does not wither…” If it is indeed possible to be Aragorn all that is required of me is to just show up and do whatever I can do. I am not lost in a maze. I don’t need to angst and agonize over it, nor do I need to “measure up,” all I need to do is show up with a spirit of willingness. The I Ching Oracle was right. I was trying too hard. How interesting….

And it occurs to me that if we can just meet life that way. Just show up and do whatever there is that can be done. Fear and self doubt will inevitably show up… so what? Say hello, tip your hat, and go on about your business. Of course, if you’re setting out on a journey to what ever it is that fires up those ashes, you will need an idea of a destination, some provisions, maybe a bit of rope, and some salt. The sword will come in it’s own good time, as will your traveling companions.

I’ll tell you where I really want to go… and that’s Rivendell… or the beach… either one would suit me just fine.

By the way: This post was migrated from my blogger blog (shirleytwofeathers.blogspot.com) and was first published on 2/17/08.

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