This quote from Gandalf puts me in mind of addiction. Drugs, cigarette smoking, sex, etc. No matter what form your addiction is, one thing remains true, it is a disease. And it is difficult if not close to impossible to defeat it. It takes a great amount of courage, determination, discipline, and willingness to conquer. And when you thought you have finally triumphed over it, it comes back again and as diseases often does, stronger – more virulent in its incarnation.
But whatever the addiction’s potency, we must not lose hope. We can defeat it. We can conquer it. We can triumph over it.