Hoping to boost up enthusiasm and wake spirits, I've come to the idea (not too original, though) to start threads that would implement Tolkien's work into every-day, and not so-every-day life. This has also come as the result to our Guildmistress' plea concerning further life of our Guild. Having to make it more Tolkien based ( ), but still firmly holding onto our tween spirit and original idea, I propose we engage into discussions about life, existential, philosophical questions - but trying to find (at least) some of the answers in Tolkien's work. Elbereth gave me the idea for thread name, 'cause I mentioned how Gandalf's words "All we have to decide is what to do with the time given to us" changed my way of seeing things in life. How? Well... ... Often in life I came up with problems which were not of my doing, problems I couldn't control. Like we all do. Illness of a loved one, bad economy, annoying teachers... And each time I would curse ( ), and do that "God, why me?" ... And then I came up to Gandalf's words. They honestly changed me. Their power, the power of that moment influenced me. The change didn't come over night, of course. But I was so amazed by those words that I coudn't stop thinking about them... And one day I just decided to act in accordance with them. And slowly my life - my attitude towards it - changed. I stopped whining everytime I run into a problem I couldn't get rid of. I just try to do my best with it. There are opportunities in life, and there are our chices, things we do with the time given to us. That's my philosophy now. What about you? Is there something you read in Tolkien's work that made you think more about it? Come on, guys! If you have something to say, just do!