The Art of Distraction

Gandalf: He’s suffered a defeat, yes, but… behind the walls of Mordor, our enemy is regrouping.

Gimli: Let him stay there. Let him rot! Why should we care?

Gandalf: Because 10,000 Orcs now stand between Frodo and Mount Doom. I’ve sent him to his death.

Aragorn: No. There is still hope for Frodo. He needs time… and safe passage across the plains of Gorgoroth. We can give him that.

Gimli: How?

Aragorn: Draw out Sauron’s armies. Empty his lands. Then we gather our full strength and march on the Black Gate.

Éomer: We cannot achieve victory through strength of arms.

Aragorn: Not for ourselves. But we can give Frodo his chance if we keep Sauron’s Eye fixed upon us. Keep him blind to all else that moves.

Legolas: A diversion.

Gimli: Certainty of death. Small chance of success.. What are we waiting for?!


-The Last Debate, Return of the King


When I have an episode, emergency, whateverwewannacallit, it takes a while for the medicine to start working, or for the brain to correct itself, or many other ways of getting past said emergency to happen…

So what to do?

I distract myself. I divert my attention from the thing making me miserable. This isn’t easy, but it works. Having a list on hand of the things I enjoy makes it that little bit easier of a choice.

One of my favorite distractions is Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. I have artwork on my walls, maps of Middle-earth framed, every Tolkien book or movie that comes out… I try to get as much as I can. My caregiver knows that when all else fails, the answer to, “do you need to go to Middle-earth?” will be yes at least 90% of the time.

If you have a suggestion to add to this list, please leave a comment!


  1. PRN (as needed) medicines
  2. Soaking in a bath (Epsom salts, baking soda, bathbombs, etc)
  3. Massage
  4. Qigong
  5. Meditation
  6. Breathing exercises
  7. Researching vector borne diseases
  8. Researching family history
  9. Studying history
  10. Writing to my sponsored child in India
  11. Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit, the Silmarillion, etc, anything Tolkien
  12. YouTube channels for nature, independent news, and comedy
  13. IV Fluids
  14. Coloring
  15. Making up stories
  16. Detoxification
  17. Essential oils
  18. Wellness guides
  19. Support groups
  20. B-powered honey
  21. Browsing websites
  22. GLA peer mentorship program
  23. Play games like Sims, Idle, etc
  24. Cuppa hot tea
  25. Green tea ceremony
  26. Bird watching
  27. Cuddling with animals
  28. Training my service dog for public access
  29. Spending time with my nephews
  30. Reading fantasy stories, right now: Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  31. Drink water
  32. Work on the site
  33. More to come..

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