I’m at stanza 15 and what I’ve learned so far is to aware and cautious, be hospitable and respectful, and not to get drunk and lose my ability to think clearly.
Let us all be sparing in words,
and bold in battle;
glad and wholesome the hero be
till comes his dying day
Taciturn and prudent, and in war
daring, should a king’s children be; joyous and
generous everyone should be until his hour
To me, this is conveying for men to listen before speaking and when it’s time to be brave during a conflict. The last two lines are a way to try and live happily until death. Trying to go through life happy I feel is a concept lost on so many people today. Anxiety and stress seem to run most things and this is reminding me to find my happy. My happy right now are my family, getting back into writing, learning Asatru, my 365 Day Project, doodle comics, coffee, and sleep. Ok, the last two may be for necessities but I’m SUPER happy to have a cup of coffee after sleep. On top of all that I think I’ve found a new project…one that involves food. I just need to figure out how to execute it.
What is your happy?