‘All we have to decide is what to do with the time that we are given.‘ – Gandalf, in Lord of the Rings
I stumbled across this quote last week and shortly afterwards read the story of Mary Edwards, a remarkable centenarian. Reading even just a short precis of Mary’s life gives a clear idea of a remarkable life lived, and the enormous contributions she has given to her community over her lifetime. A story indeed to inspire us all when we ponder what it is we can add value to in our lives. And the quote from Gandalf, a fictional character in Lord of the Rings, reminds us that it is up to us to decide what we do with our time. A huge responsibility, but also a great gift.
So, for the busy times in our lives when we wish things could be different, or that we had time to do morning Tai Chi, yoga or meditation, say, or to prepare a healthy meal – Gandalf reminds us that it is our decisions that have led to the circumstances in which we now find ourselves, and it is our decision(s) in this moment that can free us from our perceived trapped existence. Easier said than done, certainly – but a timely reminder that there is a choice in every moment, and the responsibility lies with us to decide & act, and to realise that by seemingly not doing anything that too remains a decision for which only we are responsible. The only thing ‘standing’ between us and the lives we wish to live is ourselves.