Monday, December 27, 2010


This past Christmas, one of my good friends gave me a copper bracelet engraved with a line from Lord of the Rings:

"Renewed shall be blade that was broken..."

Thus has become my motto for 2011. This line is from a poem about Aragorn. To me, it is much more.

Life can break us. And there we wait, pieces of our existence collected on a shrine of regret and indecision. Like Aragorn, we search and fight and bide our time until we can take our rightful place. There is hope. No matter how shattered we become, we can always be reforged. Reborn. It's painful. Much fire and banging but in the end, it is all worth it.

The beauty of it is we don't have to wait. We can do this ourselves. Pick up the pieces and make ourselves anew. And we can do it over and over again.

"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost,

The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,

A light from the shadow shall spring,
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king."

1 comment:

  1. That is one of the most important things life has taught me! We can choose to renew ourselves, each day, over and over... Not always easy, but I believe that.