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.


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