Keep Jennifer In Your Thoughts
Good morning everyone. This is Richard but I am “Ghost Writing” lol for Jennifer as she is ill and has been for a few days. No, she is not sick with the Coronavirus. I don’t have the details but with any luck, she will be back and in action next week. That said everyone please keep her in your thoughts and prayers to get better soon.
For the sake of this post, I am going to use this exact situation as an example. I did not plan to be the one writing this post. I planned like any other week Jennifer would publish an amazing post as she always has. But once again life threw us a curveball.
Now I could have gotten upset and been like what the F**k? But, let me ask you a few questions here. How would my getting upset about the situation have changed the outcome? What good does it do to scream and yell and cuss? Would it have made Jennifer miraculously gotten better to write her own post or column? The answer quite simply put is NO to all of the questions I just asked you.
As a member of the Norse practices and traditions for more than 15 years, I can tell you we are faced with challenges every day. Not for the sake of making us suffer but to show and teach us valuable lessons. Ultimately it is up to you how you view these assorted challenges as much as it is how you deal with them. But our history in the Eddas and a number of the sagas show us repeatedly that patience and perseverance can and does pay off.
Anyone that knows me on any kind of a personal level knows I am not a very patient man. And I never really have been. But over the years and with my extensive study of the Norse path and ways it would seem I have developed a level of patience I never knew. And I continue to grow with that every day.
Use The Gods
Don’t be afraid to use the stories, histories, and myths of the Gods to your advantage. Take their experiences and learn and grow from them. Use them. Use them as a cheat system on that favorite video game you play. What the hell are you talking about? you ask. Okay so take the story of Loki and Freya when she slept with some dwarfs for the necklace. Loki was sitting in the shadows watching and waiting to run back to Odin in an attempt to gain Odin’s favor. And maybe this isn’t the best example but I’m running with it.
Loki exhibited a huge amount of patience and learned what he could to better position himself. No, I don’t feel like that was right as his motivation was all of greed and selfishness, but my take away here is this. We do what we have to do to keep moving forward. I strive to be a morally correct person unlike Loki in this example but I hope that you can see the value of the lesson here.
Don’t let obstacles stand in your way or even knock you down. May the Gods keep you and your families safe and bless you all.