“It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end… because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing… this shadow. Even darkness must pass.” – Samwise Gamgee, LOTR
Small self-disclosure – I LOVE Lord of the Rings! My favorite of the trilogy is Return of the King. There’s something encouraging and inspiring about Middle Earth hitting rock bottom and struggle bussin’, but in the end rising back to LIFE! (Sorry for the spoiler if you haven’t seen the movie…)
H O P E. It’s all about taking hope that the trials and tribulations you are experiencing will pass! The darkness in Return of the King was real and had control over many people and many things. Evil orcs and other vile creatures sent to destroy them outnumbered the people of Middle Earth. It seemed as though everywhere goodness turned, the enemy, Sauron, was right there trying to destroy it. Virtue ceased to exist and life was nothing but a dark shadow. Seems pretty bleak and the OPPOSITE of hopeful right?