The Wisdom of Tolkien .. Again..

From time to time on this blog we visit a quote from one of my favorite authors Tolkien. For many of us he is the god father of modern fantasy writing (along with Jules Verne). Tolkien gave us a lot of pearls of wisdom from his works, let’s discuss the one below.

“For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, 

What does he mean here? Simply put, those of you who have obtained wisdom or have mentors in your life cannot always rely exclusively on their view. Even those of us with a vast amount of experience cannot possibly foresee all possible outcomes. Tolkien is giving us a very important reminder here that you cannot rely exclusively on the wisdom of others.

Sometimes in life things happen that we don’t anticipate no matter how well we prepared for it. Those are often the most unforgiving and brutal of circumstances and they punish your spirit and soul. The key here is acceptance. Acceptance of the notion that life/fate is out of your hands. Things happen and it’s not always how well you are prepared for what might occur but rather how well you recover from the things you didn’t see coming.

One of the hardest things we have to deal with as humans and as humans with anxiety is picking ourselves up after a major calamity. Tolkien gives us a warning here, he is telling us that even the very wise cannot see all ends. Remember, live isn’t about how many hits you can take, it’s about how you get up and carry on after being knocked down.

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A mistake is not an excuse to quit

Everyone makes them some are of course larger than others but mistakes happen. As an aside if you ever want MORE attention nothing beats a good mistake J kidding aside here mistakes can be soul crushing. I bet if you took a moment to reflect on your life you could probably pick out 3-4 large mistakes that really resonate with you.

Making a mistake can have life changing consequences. We can all extrapolate out what that means but what is often very hard to do, in the midst of the mistakes aftermath is see beyond impact. Days turn to weeks, weeks to months, and months to years. Making a mistake is not an excuse to quit. You are not perfect and by no means does anyone hold you to that standard.

The most important thing you can do is understand why the mistake happened and work to fix it so it doesn’t happen again. It’s easy to give up, to quit and this absolves you from ever addressing the issue. Some mistakes are so severe the damage cannot be undone. You cannot recover, or rather you cannot go back to where you were before the mistake.

Some mistakes are very small and are fixable. You are going to make all of them, small, medium and large. How you cope with and deal with your mistakes is paramount. Take responsibility, yes that actually means saying aloud to whomever “I take responsibility”. Listen to what affected people say, work to fix what you can.

When you have gone as far as you can fixing a mistake you have to move on. Sometimes this is the hardest part as some people will not let it go. Sometimes those affected want their pound of flesh, tenfold. You can’t quit, you can’t give in to the horrible emotional consequences of making a mistake. Otherwise it will consume you and it will define you.

Don’t do it, a mistake is not an excuse to quit.

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