A Reluctant Hobbit
By David Sunfellow
Monday, February 23, 2015

I am watching a small group of people on a Lord-of-the-Rings-style adventure. One of the members of the group is a hobbit who is fearful and reluctant. I become aware of three things:

1. The hobbit knows that challenging times lie ahead (he may have already been on this adventure before) and he is reluctant to pass through dark times again. I become aware that he must — and will — pass through these times and his fearful resistance will make things worse. He needs to accept his fate, relax, take a deep breath, and allow things to unfold as they are intended. While the dark times can’t be avoided, he can pass through them gracefully if he accepts things and relaxes.

2. I am also aware that it is by living through and personally experiencing the adventure that magic happens, and things come alive. It’s kind of like there is a black and white, one dimensional, static, lifeless sketch of an adventure. It comes alive and changes people and things when it is actually lived. Prior to being lived, it has no power or reality.

3. The hobbit has a tendency to want to collect more than he needs and hang onto to extra things. Jewels, in particular, which are kind of like money. The idea is that as the adventure unfolds, you pass through experiences where there are a lot of jewels laying around. If you take more than you need — if you try to make yourself feel more secure by stocking up — these jewels become heavier and heavier; they become a terrible burden that not only weighs you down, but also threatens your life — and the lives of your companions — because you can’t move quickly. So it is very important only to carry what you need and let everything go after it has served its purpose.


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