Sometimes, you’re right where you should be—even if it’s not easy.
I recently shared some ways I’m trying to reclaim attention in this hyper-connected world. This follow-up looks at some good habits I’m trying to build—habits that support focus and nurture deeper thought.
There is no contradiction in Rivendell; the wise sing songs, feasts are necessary, and merrymaking is serious business.
For those who know there’s a problem, I have a few suggestions for how to push back against distraction without going off the grid (yet).
I appreciated how the book avoids reductionism and honestly acknowledges the messy state of reality. The gospel is not the answer to a question, it’s the good news about a good God who enters into pain and suffering, not to pull me out of it but to walk through it with me.
This is a condensed version of a talk I gave as an alumni speaker at Beurling Academy’s annual Comic Con. The students of Mr. Alexander's Grade 10 English class stole the show and we had a great discussion together.
Sidekicks are never just assistants. And in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Gently’s “assistant” is a key player in a (hilarious) drama that isn’t always—or only—about him.
Frodo resists the fearful prompting of the Ring through an awakening of courage he didn’t know he had—the hidden quality that made him the “best of hobbits” in the eyes of both Bilbo and Gandalf.
Mike: [Crying] Liar! Liar!
Hopper: Stop it! Stop it! [Holds Mike] You’re okay, kid. You’re okay. I’m sorry, kid.
This is why I’m convinced the greatest purpose of fantasy is to reintroduce us to a universe that sings, a cosmos.
“Is there no escape then?” said Frodo, looking round wildly. “If I move I shall be seen and hunted! If I stay, I shall draw them to me!”
“A hunted man sometimes wearies of distrust and longs for friendship.”
After dinner, Frodo draws the eye of Strider, a rough, hooded ranger—a group held in both awe and disrepute by the locals—and soon finds himself the centre of attention. The Ring works its subtle will and the hobbits once again find themselves out of their depth.