Different folks, different strokes

Each of us respond to something in the universe that brings out the best in us, and makes our downtime in the world easier to go through. It could be that one friend who's always been there, it could be that one book which gives you new meaning each time you read it, it could be a movie which answers your questions, it could be that one song that drives away all blues and leaves you energized, inspired and at peace.
Sandhya Nagaraj
Published on: 18th January 2014
Lord of the Rings (and the Hobbit) is the one solution to ALL my problems. (Like how Loreal Paris is the solution to five problems of hairfall as per Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.)

How, you ask?
1. When I'm bored: All of you know this situation. You all have been there; and know it begins like the onset of a slight headache but ends up driving you insane, to say the least. (and I congratulate those of who claim to never be bored, you either have enough on your plate or you keep yourself amused at all times -both of which demand that I congratulate you and hence I did.)

So, I watch LOTR or Hobbit every single time I'm bored, and I'm not bored anymore, after a few minutes.

How can you not smile when you hear a hobbit voice his concern about the ignorance of men when it comes to the hobbit's eating habits! I find it very endearing.

Here I quote it for you: "What about elevenses? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper? He knows about them, doesnt he?".

to which his friend says:

"I wouldn't count on it."
Peregrin Pippin Took is very, very disturbed by this.
 different folks,different strokes
2. When I'm depressed: I can't say that all of you have touched depression, but when my mood is off and I wonder if what I do matters at all, whether things do get better at all (and all of sorts of things that one thinks when he or she is down in the dumps) and then, in that sad mood which I can't really explain to anybody else, I choose to drown my sorrow in the only one cure that I know: Tolkein's brilliant piece of work which was then made into movies.

"My dear Frodo. Hobbits are really amazing creatures. You can learn all there is to know about their ways in a month, and yet after a hundred years they can still surprise you."

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

Why Bilbo Baggins? (a mere hobbit) That's because I am afraid, and he gives me courage."

3. When I need advise: When I am in one of those situations in life, and I must do the right thing over the wrong thing, however hard it might be. (Be it a simple thing like having to choose Fruit bowl over Lay's every single day, or be it having the courage to tell a friend what I really think -- this is easier said than done, I recommend you all to try it.) And the dialogue what inspires me is what I pass on to people, which is why there are two separate points about giving and taking advice, but the dialogue( read solution) is one, and I quote it in the next point. 4. When I must give advice: Taking advise is the toughest thing to do, and giving the same is by far the easiest, as I'm sure all you very wise souls have come to discover in your so many years of existence. In one particular dialogue have I found the perfect words to tell my friends when they do ask me about the rights and wrongs of life, and this has always been it:

"...The Ring passed to Isildur, who had this one chance to destroy evil forever, but the hearts of men are easily corrupted. And the ring of power has a will of its own. Isildur kept the ring. The ring betrayed Isildur. History became legend. Legend became myth. And for two and a half thousand years, the ring passed out of all knowledge..."

I honestly don't know how much of a kick of inspiration you got when you did read the dialogues that never fail to inspire me, and I will never know, if you don't tell me. And I for one believe that while LOTR fans who're as crazy about it as me will find the wavelength matching, I sure hope that there are very many of you out there with radically different things that inspire you as against what inspires me. Yeah, different folks, different strokes!

I'd love to hear your feedback. What inspires you? Think about it, feedback to me, and most importantly, keep going back to what inspires you time and again, and that my friend, will make all the difference- making you a friend who can be relied upon, moulding you to the leader your team will love, and a cherished member of your family. Amen!
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