Thursday, July 17, 2008

Coping with adversity

"Edge of Darkness"

I was taught quite some time ago that probably the most important monastic virtue is perseverance. I think that's true of spiritual practice whether one is a monastic or not. What really counts is not throwing in the towel. Here's an observation that will help:

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.

-- J.R.R. Tolkien

2 comments:

  1. Ellie, I have a friend who was raised inside the Tolkein books, almost. He's having a hard time, and last night I sent him just the quotation, because it would speak to him where he could hear. Thank you for it.

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