Recently, I found myself re-watching the “Lord of the Rings” movies, my all time favourite series. As I watched the final movie I was reminded of the following quote memorized in my elementary school days “The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night”. [Henry Wadsworth Longfellow].
The idea that great achievement is usually born out of great sacrifice is aptly demonstrated in Lord of the Rings but it is only part of the tale. If we focus only on the great achievers/achievements we can sometimes overlook the part played by those who walked alongside giving encouragement and support. Such is the role of Samwise [Sam] Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings series. Sam is Frodo’s constant companion and is blessed it would seem with irrepressible optimism and unflagging energy. He can’t carry the ring but he can carry the ring bearer by the strength of his will or physically if necessary. Sam is my unsung hero of this series. Everyone needs a “Sam”
Everyone needs a “Sam” to:
1. Go ahead and offer a helping hand when necessary;
2. Walk alongside offering crucial words of encouragement and support;
3. Walk behind giving a gentle or not so gentle push;
4. Carry you when your strength is gone and all hope has faded.
Your “Sam” is someone who shares the vision with you, sees the possibilities in you, is willing to push, challenge and encourage you to take the next step, and is there to pick you up when you fall flat on your face. [watch the video clip]
Everyone needs a “Sam”. “Two are better than one… If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up”. [Solomon]
Happy Fathers’ Day to all the Dads out there!
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