Co-author Bria Swager is the oldest daughter of Toby and Tracy Swager. A high school student with incredible insight and creativity, she provides her unique perspective on life, growing up, and making sense of family relationships. She is active in many leadership groups, both at school and in the community. She lives with her family near Nashville, Tennessee.
Keep Your Feet
"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might be swept off to."
-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Every life is a journey. It may not be a journey to travel across mountains and dead marshes to a volcano to destroy the greatest evil known to man-, elf-, dwarf-, and hobbit-kind, but we are all on a journey. The first step of any journey is to leave your home or comfort zone. The outside world is dangerous, and can be scary. It can be easy to get distracted and wander. The phrase "keep your feet" means to keep your footing and your focus. You have to be focused on where you are heading and how you are getting there. A misstep can mean disaster (as you can see in the prequel to the Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit in Mirkwood, but that's another story and another post for another day). If you've ever gone hiking or climbing, you know that it is crucial to always know where you are placing your feet. A loose stone here or a mud pit there can completely change the course of your trip. On any difficult hike, you must focus on your footing and your surroundings. Likewise, in life you must pay attention to the situations in which you are putting yourself. The relationships and environments that you step into can cause you to completely lose focus and sweep you off far away from the path you're meant to follow.