Thoughts From The Wilderness – Small Things

“Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small, everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps because I am afraid, and he gives me courage.”

Gandalf to Galadriel – “The Hobbit”


Lynn happened to spot this heart-shaped stone while we’re hiking along the red sand beaches of Boughton Island, Prince Edward Island in June 2017. Stemming from that trip in June to another we made in October, both Lynn and I have come to love PEI and are seeing it as our retirement destination as those days are getting closer and closer.

Last week for some unknown and exceedingly strange reason, I started to re-watch the first instalment of the “The Hobbit” trilogy movies. At one particular point in the narrative Gandalf, the Grey(Sir Ian McKellen) eloquently delivers the above quote to Galadriel(Cate Blanchett) after she asks him, “Why Bilbo Baggins.”


Why Bilbo Baggins?

If you’re like me and I think others as well, the world as we see it is almost unconquerable in terms of the evilness that can rear its ugly head on a day-to-day basis. We’re inundated with news clips and sound-bites almost on an hourly basis and stories from close to home to the furthest reaches of the planet detailing terrible tragedies and of ongoing conflicts that defy imagination.

All the while, world leaders seem to turn a blind eye to what’s going on and continue to push agendas that take us even closer to the precipice of destruction.

It’s easy to give up.

Leaders of the most powerful nations on Earth have their fingers on or at least near to buttons that can launch weapons that will destroy and annihilate each one of us many times over. That they’re crazily following a script bent on mutual destruction.

But, then a few lines of dialogue from a movie start to put things back into perspective. Maybe it’s just a momentary escape from reality, but nevertheless, there is something in those words.boughton 1

“The small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”

Small acts of kindness and love.

There isn’t much that I have control over in this world, but the one thing I can control is me and what I do and how I react or don’t react to what happens around me. The thing that I have is kindness and love.

What if each one of the 7.6 billion people living on this little blue gem of a planet undertook one small deed to keep the darkness at bay. To stem the tide of evil that is pervasive throughout all nations across the planet. Small acts of kindness and love from ordinary people.

People just like you and me.

All of this might be some fanciful dream. You may be sitting there now reading this and thinking, “man, wish he would wake up and get a grip on reality.” But, what is the alternative when we give up? When we assume that all hope is lost. What is there left?

Sitting in our homes or wherever and not opening the doors of kindness and love and allowing it to flow from our front porches and flooding the whole world over, gives evil a chance to win.

It’s easy not to do “….the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.” 

Or is it?

Maybe it’s simply a choice? A choice to be kind and loving. But, on the other hand, it might be the hardest thing any of us has to do.

Busy, busy, and being busier comes to mind at the moment. The fact is, we’re all busy for the most part and especially during the chaotic and hectic holiday season that we find ourselves in the midst of.

Is there any chance or any hope at all that taking 15 minutes of that “busy time” and converting it into....the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love” might make all the difference in the world?

Your world and mine.

What can you do at this time of year or at any point during what’s left of 2018 and all throughout 2019 to make“….the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love” happen?

Just a thought.


10 thoughts on “Thoughts From The Wilderness – Small Things

  1. As a huge fan of Bilbo and the Hobbits I can only endorse this quote … the one I tend to use is “the only way evil can prevail is if good people don’t act …” meaning that it is entirely up to us, you and I, to care and support each other in anyway we can … give a smile, give that neighbour with no car a lift, give way in traffic … I blow kisses when I see people losing it, they are so confused that they forget their anger 🙂

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    1. I totally agree. That’s a great quote. It’s when people sit back and do nothing or assume that someone else will take care of it, that evil gets a foothold. When there is complacency in a population and the people within it, evil and bad things can happen. It doesn’t take much of a opening for evil and bad to enter.

      And it always is up to you and I to support each other. All of what you mentioned is so easy to do, but can make such a difference to those people.

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