The Professor – On Adventures

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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

 Yellow Flower

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

18 thoughts on “The Professor – On Adventures

  1. A lovely reminder, Rebecca. Thank you. I love the quotes – another two for my file!! Blessings.

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  2. I love those new roads and secret gates. And is that a hibiscus waiting to unfold?

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    • Me too – you never know what is waiting for you until you walk through…. Please help me on the flower – I have no idea what it is, but it was there waiting for me to take a picture!

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    • My research found that The Professor was a devout Catholic and that he was instrumental in introducing C.S. Lewis to Christianity. The Professor’s owes much of the success of his books to C.S. Lewis (Narnia), his faithful and most loyal supporter. C.S. Lewis begged The Professor to continue when he gave up on writing the Lord of the Rings. What if the LOTR was never written? What a tragedy that would have been!!

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    • You are right!!! I almost forgot – J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday is January 3rd! Thanks for the reminder and thanks for coming by for a visit.

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  3. It’s so easy when we are treading our daily paths to keep our eyes to the ground to make sure we don’t stumble. Your posts over the last couple of days, and particularly today’s, remind us of the benefits of raising our eyes to look around – to maintain friendships; spot hidden gates; or even catch the opening of morning flowers.

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    • Has anyone told you that you have a poet’s heart? Well – you do!! And well said! The other day, I was walking up a hill and I noticed that I kept my eyes on the ground so that I wouldn’t stumble. I was so focused that I missed the corner where I usually turn down…

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