‘Tis the season (after The Season) for Tireditis and colds. After merrily making Happy over Christmas we succumb to colds & general ‘blahs’ fought so valiantly during the holidays… add New Year Blues and the onslaught of winter dreariness, and you get an even more serious case of Tireditis (so tired it’s hard to move & even harder getting MOTIVATED to move, like, out of bed : )
But there’s a cure, sort of (beyond never-ending Chores & Duties, oops, Opportunities to serve…)
J.R.R. TOLKIEN’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS … (& The Hobbit, of course!)
I have read these books once a year every year since the 8th Grade… since i, uh, graduated University in 1987, do the math. That’s lots of times + some years more than once, especially in Africa since reading them seemed to help during ‘tummy troubles,’ of which there were MANY. Calvin & Hobbes also helped, but laughing kind of hurts when your rear tushi is very sore during long nites of Montezuma’s Revenge… add major bouts of all-nite nausea (like until all your insides spill outside) & the tummy also gets a bit sore. Combine BOTH..at the SAME TIME…& you have fun times in the overseas life of Virginia (the person, not the state!)
i know, i know – T.M.I.!!!
Back to pleasant holiday reading – I usually start The Lord of the Rings before Christmas & finish by the New Year (listening to classical Christmas music, kind of sets the mood); this year started with the Hobbit earlier in December but with the general craziness (& Big Pile of Advent Night Reading) still winding my way this week through the Return of the King: Big Battle ahead & tired out Sam & Frodo making their way to the Mountain of Doom.
Cheating & watching the movies is not the same (since i have the extended version of each one running 4 1/2 to 5 hours each, that would be a Bit Long.) Although the movies are brilliant (yes there are a few major deviations from the story, but Peter Jackson gives so much attention to detail, I am a mostly happy groupie of the films!) – the books are still Better. So much more great story & opportunities to stretch those imagination muscles in Tolkien’s uniquely AMAZING world of Middle Earth.
How does this cure Tireditis? well, Frodo & Company have a Tough Time of it. Lots of Doom & Gloom (the overwhelming kind) to face. Yet they carry on. and on. and on. Not without loss, but they keep going…
Plus, Hobbits are my kind of folks – they like to eat 6 meals a day (when possible), love parties & good times, but have fierce hearts & stout courage when it matters.
It’s a New Year…perhaps some new opportunities are lurking on the horizon, but New Year Blues may be drowning your Cheer with last year’s upside down monsters digging their tentacles deeper into 2012.
Maybe you don’t have Ents & Elves & Dwarves & Gandalfs & Aragorns & Faramirs & the Riders of Rohan to help you… but if you look around, you might find family & friends you’ve missed can help you battle those monsters.
Maybe you don’t have a Golden Ring (that must be destroyed to Save The World), but maybe there are some things that need casting into the Forever Fire to get a really Fresh Start in the new Year –
Fears gotta go if you’re moving on to a New Thing: CAST THEM INTO THE FIRE!
poof. (that’s kinda wimpy, you may need a Gollum to help REALLY let go) : POOF!
grace, peace & New Year Tireditis cures
Virginia : )
“…not all who wander are lost…”