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Monday’s Quote: JRR Tolkien

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”~ J.R.R. Tolkien

photo taken from his Goodreads Profile

This is such a simple quote, and yet it is complicated to apply. I commonly find myself questioning some of the paths I’ve decided to embark on. I wonder if different decisions would have led to a “better” life. And yet, I also wonder if this is the path that will eventually lead to all my dreams…I just haven’t traveled far enough yet.

I think the hardest thing in life is to decide what to do with the time we have. Is work and success important? Is building a family and legacy important? Should we spend our time cultivating and changing society? Or is our time better served pursuing childhood aspirations? What is the “right” choice? And is the “right” choice always the “happiest”? These are just a few of the thoughts that circle my mind. I have never been good at decision making.

I have been known to go through three outfits before I am able to decide what I want to wear. I ask everyone’s opinion just to gather my own thoughts. And I am always second guessing my decisions until I see them actually play out. That’s probably why this quote spoke to me. It sounds so easy…and yet is the hardest thing I have to do. The only thing I’m sure of is that we need to have a path to travel. Otherwise, this time will be wasted.