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“Beside the Fire” ―with J.R.R. Tolkien

“I sit beside the fire and think
Of all that I have seen
Of meadow flowers and butterflies
In summers that have been

Of yellow leaves and gossamer
In autumns that there were
With morning mist and silver sun
And wind upon my hair

I sit beside the fire and think
Of how the world will be
When winter comes without a spring
That I shall ever see

For still there are so many things
That I have never seen
In every wood in every spring
There is a different green

I sit beside the fire and think
Of people long ago
And people that will see a world
That I shall never know

But all the while I sit and think
Of times there were before
I listen for returning feet
And voices at the door”

― J.R.R. Tolkien

Be Honest… Time Travel

Changing the future only costs me one day less? Really…no takers?! Maybe I’m just having a dark day, but I feel I would sacrifice many days to go back and save the lives of friends I have lost if I would have only known in advance. I would stop people I have loved from getting physically hurt in accidents. I would say that last goodbye if I knew I couldn’t stop the inevitable…. Could I have stopped 9/11?? Probably not… But, I could have kept some people I knew at home on that day.

Also, my chronic illness began because of an accident when I was 22 (I could’ve been shopping instead). Would I go back and take the invite to go to the mall instead of doing laundry? Heck yes, I would!

Of all of the 100 bloggers who wrote on the same subject, I was shocked that so many (seemingly the majority) would not take advantage of this super power, if given the opportunity. Apparently, no one is willing to “waste” just one day to make a difference.

Back to reality now. I’m a Christian so I have chosen the path and struggle of faith that life IS in God’s hands. I must trust that all things work together for good for those who trust in Him according to His purpose and will. I’m not God and my intentions are certainly not very pure, so I’d probably just muck it all up anyway… Good thing I don’t have that power to change the future, I suppose.
I’m sorry, I got dark with this one. Now I know why Doctor Who is so melancholy. 


This was a Writing Prompt from WordPress. How about you? Would you accept the superpower of foresight if each time you used it you lost a day of your life?

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