One of my favorite quotes is from the Lord of the Rings: “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us” I love it so much I have had it on the front of past planners. I think about it often.
Especially since the beginning of the quote is actually in response to Frodo saying he wished the terrible things going on hadn’t happened in his time. Here is the full context of the quote:
Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil… And that is an encouraging thought.
What does that have to do with my year of I?! Intentional living. If the past two years have reinforced anything, it is that life is short and there is a LOT of factors out of our control. But it also emphasized that amid the really big dark things we get to control many of the ways we spend our time, how we live, whether we add to the darkness or shine a little bit of light.
I’ll use this theme to keep updating my monthly tending list work, if for no other reason than it helps me look back on progress and goals I’ve conquered or pivoted on, but I’m also interested in how this theme might circle back and connect with older themes in this blog as living an intentional life is a big picture goal that has I think has been with me for a long time, even if I didn’t use that particularly language to describe it. Intention is such a buzzword and something that sounded a little like an out there version of goal setting that was more mind over matter than anything else, but my realtionship with that word has changed as I realize how quickly time passes whether you are paying attention to it or not, having fun or not, exhausted by trying to “live each day to the fullest” or anxious that you are not doing enough and wondering if you’ll ever find a sweet spot in between the two.
So that’s a little all over the place for a theme that is about being very specific and thoughtful with my time and actions, but there you are. Three themes down, one to go! More next week…