“He often used to say there was only one Road; that it was like a great river: its springs were at every doorstep and every path was its tributary. “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,” he used to say. “You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to.”
– Frodo Baggins in The Fellowship of the Ring, Three Is Company
This quote puts me in mind not just of roads and destinations and how it can be dangerous. In life (the great river), each person (tributary) navigates through their relationships to other people. And each heart (the door), when it opens itself up is subject not only to great joy and adventure but also leaves itself vulnerable to pain.
I liken going out the door and stepping into the road with opening ones heart to someone – a dangerous business.