A lesson from a Hobbit
In the movie “The Hobbit” Bilbo Baggins refuses to go on Gandalf’s adventure by giving the excuse that he is far too responsible and respectable. Gandalf responds by saying:
“You’ve been sitting quietly for far too long. Tell me; when did doilies and your mother’s dishes become so important to you? I remember a young Hobbit who always was running off in search of elves and the woods, who’d stay out late, come home after dark, trailing mud and twigs and fireflies. A young Hobbit who would have liked nothing better than to find out what was beyond the borders of the Shire. The world is not in your books and maps; it’s out there.”
I am not suggesting that we should be irresponsible. There is a time to be concerned with doilies and dishes. But what about dreaming? What about imagination? No great thing ever started without a thought, without an idea.