I remembered a quote from The Hobbit earlier this evening that I had the hardest time ignoring. The quote came from Gandalf speaking to Lady Galadriel regarding his choice of Bilbo Baggins to follow the dwarves adventuring company to The Lonely Mountain, and it spoke of small deeds holding back the darkness where great power has failed.

Sarumon believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.

What hit me the hardest was remembering my own personal struggles as of late and realizing that I have been fighting these battles all on my own without reason. As if sheer force of will could overcome these tremendous obstacles and simply smooth them all over. I have been realizing more and more lately that the more I open myself up, that I accept my feelings and the situation for what it is rather than my expectation of what it should be. When my ego gets out of the way and I realize that I am not the only one involved, that our collective small deeds are working to solve the problems, then those obstacles seem much more manageable.
Just stinks that it’s taken me this long to start figuring this stuff out.

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