We watched epic movies together, and it felt like a journey and perhaps reminded us of our own Hero’s Journey.
During the years while the original movies were playing, this same group of close friends would chat via various messaging programs (texting wasn’t as cool back then) and it provided a way to connect. We would leave small words of encouragement, or check in when we knew one of the others were struggling.
But (yes it is a little goofy) we would also periodically change our picture or icon to represent one of the Lord of the Rings characters that resonated with us. When we knew that there were specific obstacles, resistance, or doubt one of us would type:
And all the icons or pictures would change. They were the same characters, but this time wielding a sword.
As I drove home from my meeting the other day when the Lord of the Rings soundtrack was playing, I remembered those two words: Swords Up.
Those swords were a show of protection, defense, and willingness to fight alongside each other.
If Joseph Campbell is right, great stories are pretty much the same and give us a glimpse of the life we are capable of leading. And maybe, just maybe it is friends who are willing to put their Swords Up for and with you that make all the difference.
Thanks Friends, and for old times sake: Swords Up!