One of the things I love most about J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit series is the message under the message. Aside from the movie being visually stunning (I’m currently in the market for an earth shelter home in Scotland, if you know a good real estate agent), the poignant simplicity of Tolkien’s messages are beautiful reminders of what we already know to be true.
My favorite Tolkien quote is, “All who wander are not lost.” I love this sort of “get out of jail free” card that emphasizes the value of soul-searching while comforting those who may feel they’ve never been able to fit in.
A lot of us feel we have our shit together by a certain point in our lives, and if we don’t fit a certain social norm by an invisible time-clock, we’re somehow lacking and not valuable. And even if we DO fit the mold — Married, two+ kids, house, car and dog — we still beat ourselves up if we don’t have our personal shit together all of the time.
I don’t think we have to cast our worldly stuff aside and all become Sherpas or whirling dervishes, but why not wander around yourself for a while? Take a look at the patterns and habits in your life that confine you. Is there a place you’re terrified to visit? Do you prefer the comfort of a sheltered life or perhaps you thrive in chaos? Dive into your patterns and see what evolution may happen when you face your nooks and crannies head on.
– Your Charmed Yogi
- Are you awake?
- Sometimes you just have a crap week
- Live your unhappiness