“The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.
Today and tomorrow are yet to be said.
The chances, the changes are all yours to make.
The mold of your life is in your hands to break.”
J.R.R. Tolkien once said that “War deepened and sobered my imagination and stimulated my love of fantasy.” The months in the trenches of WWI made a lasting impression, which is reflected within his writings. Even so, J.R.R. Tolkien did not yield to despondency. His response was to embrace life as a grand adventure to be experienced abundantly and completely.
“The mold of your life is in your hands to break” is a gift available to all. Every day brings fresh possibilities, new journeys and avenues to explore. Even within solitude, we belong to a complex physical world that continues to demand our full and best participation. Accepting our role within our community, whether local or global, is the greatest adventure of all.
“Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate
And though I oft have passed them by
A day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths that run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien