This week there is no video – so sorry! – but we have the next best thing: a written version! Fun, right? Let’s get down to it. This week’s quote is from J.R.R. Tolkien’s oh-so-famous novel, The Hobbit:
“‘Go back?’ he thought. ‘No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!’”
To put this quote to context, the main character, Bilbo, recites this to himself when he finds himself lost with no idea of where to go. Now, of course he’s merely talking about the direction he’s deciding to head, but this quote can also be applied to many of life’s moments.
Ever gotten stuck somewhere, where you don’t know what to do? Maybe you don’t know what thing to pick or what to do about a certain situation? Maybe you’re so upset about something that you feel like you can’t handle it, or you’re at a standstill or stalemate?
The only thing to do is go forward.
If you continue to look into the past, you’re not going to get anywhere. In fact, you’ll become so infatuated with the past that you’ll miss out on the present and all the plans you can create for the future! If you try to go sideways – well, like Bilbo says: “Impossible!” Your only other option is to go – where? Forward!
Remember how last week I spoke of finding that light at the end of the tunnel, even if you can’t see it just yet? That and this go hand-in-hand. No matter what happens, if the tough gets going and the going gets tough, you just have to keep trucking. You can’t live in the past, and you can’t avoid life and its situations by going sideways. That’s a tad difficult. The only thing you can do is go forward, even if you can’t see that light – even if you’re walking blind. If you keep going forward, you’ll find that life won’t pass you by; you’ll enjoy every moment, from the past, to the present, to the future.
Just keep swimming, dearies! See you next week!