Holding On To The Good

I have been thinking again about reining in my time on social media, blogging. I did a post on my other blog Grandmotherly.blog about being over-connected. I just read a post from the Atlantic  by James Hamblin that suggests we do a social media fast every other day to break the addiction. I was thinking of taking a vacation from blogging, which is still an option, but this every other day fast sounds like it would be worth a try.  Otherwise, I have visions of spending the rest of my life glued to my computer and cell phone.

But then there are so many interesting things that I find online from Smithsonian.com, like the West Coast is being invaded by hordes of gelatinous Sea Cucumbers and I have to read about it. Or how about the story of a shriveled human toe, put in a drink called Sourtoe Cocktail in the Yukon, that was stolen then returned. That last one makes me queasy. I am being facetious, but interesting articles about science, nature, quirky comical stuff helps lift my spirits when there is so much bad news.

I have been watching the The Lord of the Rings Trilogy again. We could see it as good triumphs over evil, and maybe too simplistic, but I do find the message inspiring. That even one small person can make a difference in the world. One of the inspiring speeches in the film is by Sam Gamgee to Frodo when Frodo feels despair of ever overcoming all that is against him, all the darkness:

Frodo : I can’t do this, Sam.

Sam : I know.
It’s all wrong
By rights we shouldn’t even be here.
But we are.
It’s like in the great stories Mr. Frodo.
The ones that really mattered.
Full of darkness and danger they were,
and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end.
Because how could the end be happy.
How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad happened.
But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow.
Even darkness must pass.
A new day will come.
And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.
Those were the stories that stayed with you.
That meant something.
Even if you were too small to understand why.
But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand.
I know now.
Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t.
Because they were holding on to something.

Frodo : What are we holding on to, Sam?

Sam : That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.

When the darkness rains down, I must not give up in despair. Have to be courageous and believe in the good in the world. And that even one person can make a difference.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt words for today: rain/reign/rein. Sam’s Speech ‘Worth Fighting For’ via Richurd on edgestudio.com. Featured image of ‘Aqua Tibia Wilderness Sunrise’ by pdpolena on Wikimedia.

10 thoughts on “Holding On To The Good

  1. Dan Antion

    Nice twist on the prompt. I “fast” but by bit. Some days I skip Facebook. Others, Twitter. It’s so hard to give up reading blogs. I usually post four times a week, but I write in a big push on the weekend so I’m not writing four days a week.

    But not reading is hard. I’d miss so much, and I never catch up when work/travel/stuff causes me to skip a day

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      I do want to try the every other day social media fast at least for WordPress, Twitter, and Facebook. May do it for digital news as well. The trouble is I want to read more physical books this summer and get disconnected a bit more. Thank you Dan. 🙂

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  2. Maggie Wilson

    I am so glad you wrote this, Deborah. It happens over, and over again, I find. I duck. I cover. I cower at all of the darkness on the net. But every now and again, like here on your blog, I am treated by a brilliant ray of hope.

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      Thank you so much Maggie. I was thinking about all the bad stuff happening in the world and I read about it in the newspaper or get emails from various organizations saying we have to fight back. It can get me really discouraged about the state of things. I was talking to myself with this post because I need to remind myself to have courage. But many times I can feel like that little hobbit. I am so humbled that I can give you hope. ❤

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