All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us

shell in the palm of a hand

What can you hold?

“…that name even you hobbits have heard of, like a shadow on the borders of old stories. Always after a defeat and a respite, the Shadow takes another shape and grows again.”

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.

“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and 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. And already, Frodo, our time is beginning to look black. The Enemy is fast becoming very strong.


by J. R. R. Tolkien (3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973)
from The Fellowship of the Ring
chapter: The Shadow of the Past
image – Randy Son Of Robert

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2 Responses to “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us”

  1. Christine Says:

    I need these “daily inspirations”. Thank you for them. I apologize for the fact that I don’t respond – but please don’t stop finding them and sharing them. They’re such life-savers.

  2. E. Able Says:

    It’s my pleasure.

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