Frodo: “I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.”
Gandalf: “So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
The ring in the photo belonged to my godmother. When she passed away many years ago, her husband gave it to my mother who, in turn, gave the ring to me before I was married in 1980.
For 30 years, the diamond stayed on my ring finger, rarely being removed. Unfortunately (or probably fortunately), in 2010, I took the ring off when divorced and placed it in the silver seashell container you see in the photograph, shoving it into the back of a dresser drawer.
I rarely thought about the ring after that. Out of sight, out of mind, I suppose, but also a reminder of some painful days. It came to mind a few days ago while watching a character on TV present a replacement ring to his wife, so I guess the former wedding ring is not quite forgotten.
I could be like Frodo and wish that I had not been given the precious ring or married the person that I stayed with too long. But I believe that difficult times can form character, mold us into something better, give us a reason to spend time in better choices, with better people.
Gandalf is correct that it’s up to us to decide how we will spend our present time instead of ruing what has already happened.
I spent Friday afternoon walking, tangling with printer cartridges, and writing a post about a diamond ring. Today, I’ll be reading blog posts, doing laundry and perhaps making a batch of waffles – time spent that will not be exciting, but may be relaxing, clean and tasty.
The ring is back in the dresser drawer, where it will stay until Linda G. Hill decides to reuse the prompt in another five and a half years or I decide it’s time to bring it out again and remind myself that the last ten years has been time extremely well spent.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is the brainchild of author Linda G. Hill. Every Friday, Linda provides her followers with an inspiring blogger’s prompt. It can be a word or words and sometimes bonus points are involved (my favorite). Linda asks us to write without editing, other than correcting spelling errors.
Just go with the flow.
Like a babbling brook or rain drops. Click HERE if this type of writing floats your boat or helps with your decision-making. Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ring.” Use it as a noun, a verb, an adverb, or an adjective…use it any way you’d like. Have fun!