J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”
This is an amazing quote because it reveals important qualities about both life and those who live it well. When the road darkens, it’s harder to see. Our eyes play tricks on us as light turns into shadow and shadow into dark. We mistake one object for another; we trip over the obvious (at least the “obvious” during the day); and we slow our step in order to avoid accidents.
When the road darkens–when life becomes ambiguous–the temptation is to say farewell. But, that is the time we need to walk on with new eyes. If we do, over time, our eyes adjust to the ambiguity and we find in it lessons and treasures not found during daylight. Ambiguity is the “dusk,” if you will, of any moment or situation. If we press through it brings us to new places full of meaning and creativity. If we say farewell (only walking when it’s daylight), we miss out on the adventure of life.
Embrace the ambiguity.