What to do

“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.”

This is an extract from The Lord of The Rings (by J.R.R. Tolkien).

Rereading what Gandalf said, I found something. Something within me; a spark.

Those three lines, what I figured from them was simply, a realisation. Many a times, we often wish for certain things not to happen at certain times. But what I learnt is that it is not about a thing or a time.

And here’s a fact: Things will always happen when they have to. We can do nothing about them. Can’t change the way certain things work out to be; for some things are destined to be the way they are. How and when they happen, and who suffers and enjoys the strike, none of it is in our hands.

That is one thing I learnt from Gandalf, the Grey (later, Gandalf, the White). As changing the course of things is beyond our skills, some things are given to us (e.g. time that is ours). And it is our decision to use it the way we want to; control it, or change it.

And as for time, it is a choice that we make, what we decide to do with it. Make it count the way you want it to; it is yours.

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