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SoCS: Resting is Not the Same as Giving Up and Why I Gave Up on The Rings of Power


Today’s prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “throw in the towel.” Use the phrase “throw in the towel” somewhere in your post. Enjoy!

To “throw in the towel” means to quit something, maybe give up on something, after having worked on it for a while. Where does this phrase come from? Is it a football term? Don’t those football guys carry towels around? lol. I’m not a big fan of football. Maybe that’s un-American to some folks. Okay, the sport itself is okay I guess, okay. Stop saying okay. But I never really got the huge national extravagant $$$ part of it. But I didn’t really want to go there.

In general, where does one throw the towel? In the laundry basket? If a towel is dirty, then you should throw it in. That brings me back to what I really wanted to write about, and that is that sometimes it’s okay to quit. If something is not healthy, if it’s not working, and you’ve tried to the point of insanity or toxicity, and the fate of the world does not depend on your endeavor, then throw in the towel.

As a side note, resting or taking a break is not the same as quitting. I made a meme for that a while ago.

But sometimes, you just need to throw in the towel. About a week ago, I made the decision to throw in the towel on Amazon Prime which I got for the sole purpose of watching The Rings of Power. This was not an easy decision, because I am a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings (like some people are huge fans of football.) I can watch those movies, and The Hobbit movies over and over again, usually while doing stuff on the computer and stopping to watch when my favorite parts come on, like the parts with the elves.

After much consideration, including the cost of Amazon Prime and that I still want to watch Season 2 of Picard and Star Trek, Strange New Worlds on Paramount which costs less by the way, I decided that The Rings of Power was too dark for me. There were some characters I liked okay, but the orcs seemed a lot scarier, and the series just felt continually heavy. The final decision was the episode (still in season 1) where things happen to horses. I will not go into details (except to say there is fire involved), and I know it’s just a movie and those things didn’t really happen to the horses, but when you love animals and have a good imagination, it can be traumatic. And sometimes horses do get hurt on movie sets. So there. It’s done. There are plenty of other things to watch and books to read, and when the old LOTR and Hobbit movies come on cable, I’ll watch them again.

I had to look up the origin of throwing in the towel. It comes from boxing. The trainer throws in the towel to save his boxer when it is clear he’s not going to win. That way, he can live to fight another day, which brings us back to the idea that it’s okay to take a break and rest a while before going back into the ring of life.

And now, a message from Gandalf.


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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

24 thoughts on “SoCS: Resting is Not the Same as Giving Up and Why I Gave Up on The Rings of Power

  1. Thanks for the heads up on the horses. I haven’t watched the series either, am a fan of Tolkien things, but like you… what you intimate would not be a happy experience for me either.

    • Part of my decision was time. I watched a few episodes that were interesting, though I much prefer the older Galadriel. This episode with the horses involved a volcano that erupted and engulfed the village/fort in fire and ash. Earlier someone was learning about and caring for horses. I can’t help but think this could be an emotional set up.

  2. Excellent post! I often “throw in the towel” after watching 15 minutes or one episode of a film or series when it becomes too dark or violent for my sensibilities. Yet, there are times when I must venture into the dark, whether on screen or in reading, to grasp the full nature of the beast. To avoid being overwhelmed or crushed by this overpowering darkness, I believe that it’s not only okay, but also imperative, that we “take a break and rest a while before going back into the ring of life.” It was only recently that I came to the realization/epiphany that it’s the everyday simple kind deeds of people like you and me, all across our planet, that keep the darkness at bay, as expressed in Gandalf’s quote.

    • Thank you for this understanding support, Rosaliene. I do watch some things that are nonfiction (or stories based on real events) to better understand the challenges faced by other people and their strengths – how they keep the darkness at bay. This is important to know, along with taking care of ourselves.

  3. Thanks for the tip about Rings of Power. I love the books mostly, and the movies I thought were ok, but too focused on fighting.

  4. I think football’s gotten to wherethe game itself really doesn’t matter.

  5. Amazon prime has become my ‘go to place’ to shop and the free shipping so far has paid off for me…but…one day I will throw in the towel and I have a feeling it might be soon. 🙂

  6. Nice post! It’s interesting to learn about the origin of the phrase “throw in the towel” from boxing. It’s important to remember that quitting something isn’t always a bad thing, especially if it’s not healthy or serving us well.

    Taking a break and resting can be a form of self-care and can lead to recharging for future endeavors. Glad you made the decision to step back from Amazon Prime and prioritize your well-being. 🙌

  7. Thank you for sharing good thoughts about “throwing in the towel”!!.. sometimes one needs to stop the world, get off briefly in order to reboot and adjust the sails… to make changes so one can once again pick up the towel and use it in a better way… “You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last chapter.” (Author Unknown )… 🙂

    Hope your life’s path is filled with love and happiness and until we meet again..
    May the sun shine all day long
    Everything go right, nothing go wrong
    May those you love bring love back to you
    And may all the wishes you wish come true
    (Irish Saying)

    • Thank you for adding your thoughts, Larry. I like how you explain the need to stop the world, get off briefly and reboot/ adjust the sails… then picking up the towel to use in a better way… Brilliant! 🙂

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