Something “Tookish” // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

I was reading The Hobbit to my sons, Luke and Wesley, the other evening, and happened upon an interesting phrase: “something Tookish woke up inside him.” It refers to a mild mannered hobbit named Bilbo Baggins, who had an aversion to adventure of any kind. In the safety of his hobbit hole, mundane predictability seemed preferable to the risk of exploring new horizons. But then – a visit from the magician, Gandolf, shook him out of his comfort zone. “There’s more to you than you know.” Gandolf observed. Then, something “Tookish” woke up inside Bilbo.

Although his father was a Baggins, (and the Baggins’ were always ones to play it safe), his mother was a Took! The Tooks were known for their sense of adventure and exploration. After marrying Mr. Baggins, Bilbo’s mother had settled into a life of Baggins respectability. And for that, the entire Baggins family was thankful.

But something “Tookish” woke up inside Bilbo, and he would never settle for the hum drum again. “Something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wanted to explore the great mountains, and hear the pine trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking stick.”

And as you read this, perhaps something “Tookish” is waking up inside you! There is more to you than you know!

What uncharted horizons does your heart long to explore?
When are you most alive?
What untapped potential lies dormant within your soul?

You will never know the possibilities of adventure unless you move beyond the shell of your security.

“Fan into flame the gift that lies within you.”

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