We went on a trip. "Beach Blog" soon to follow, but first, a little ode to my husband's favoritest favorite. We listened to The Hobbit all the way to Florida, and The Lord of the Rings all the way home. It has only taken 14 years, but my husband has finally made a minor fan of me. There's just so much beautiful catholic/christian imagery in there, I can't resist. So here's my little list of life lessons from Lord of the Rings.
1. In life, there is evil out there, scary evil. But there is also Good. noble, pure, beautiful, Good. And as Sam said in the movie, "It's worth fighting for."
2. It's the lowly, persecuted, looked down-upon, simple, seemingly ignorant and unskilled in the eyes of the world, people who often end up being the strongest people. And probably the ones who will be most honored at the Last Day.
3. If you are greedy, and place anything above God and people, it will eventually take over you and your life, and you will look like this on the inside:
4. If you treat someone as they were meant to be, as they were created to be, not as they are right now, they may surprise you. (Frodo calling Gollum by his birthname "Smeagol")
5. The Christian life is full of hard roads, sometimes you will get weary and want to give up, but the Lady is always there to take your hand, encourage you, and urge you onward.
6. Everyone is capable of great evil, and great good. It is your choice ultimately.
7. God has given the Church the authority to withstand evil. ("You shall not pass!!")
8. You are much more capable than you realize.
9. Being someone of "many colors" is not always a good thing.
10. In the end, we will laugh, we will be together, and we will be happy forever. If we stick with it.