A Quick Daily Study: Stanza 8

I’m starting to enjoy my choice in the 365-day project and I’ve also noticed that I’m more welcoming to people that come to the art room at work. I would like to think that I’m being mindful and remembering parts of the Havamal and words about hospitality but also being observant. I have to read an entire book tonight for the kindred’s book club meeting tomorrow but it’s not long. I’m going to dive in and finish getting ready for work.

Hollander Translation:

Happy is he who hath won him
the love and liking of all;
for hard it is one’s help to seek
from the mind of another man.

Pocket Havamal:

He is happy, who for himself obtains
fame and kind words: less sure is that
which a man must have in another’s breast.

I love Hollander’s translation but my pocket Havamal keeps it short and simple. I think this is speaking of a person earning their just rewards after paying their dues. A feeling of accomplishment brings happiness in oneself. If a person receives a lot of help from other people not much pride can be found in himself. I think that this could also translate into teamwork or relationships sharing accomplishments and failures all the same as a single person might.

On the agenda tonight is reading, treadmill, 365-day project, and work on my comic. Happy Friday everyone!

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