A Quick Daily Study: Stanza 43

I got up, weighed in, and decided to work out. I also wanted to take time this morning before the weekend hits to read a stanza. It seems that on the weekends there is so much going on and it starts on Friday. No, I’m not going out and partying. Nope, I’m grocery shopping, running errands, and doing mom stuff. This is me taking the time to read my stanza.

Pocket Version:
To his friend a man should be a friend;
to him and to his friend; but of his foe
no man shall the friend’s friend be.

I grew up with my dad telling me some similar advice, ‘don’t be a friend to an enemy of a friend.’ He said there is no loyalty or integrity to be a friend to your friends enemy. I wish more people understood this as there are more backstabbing and fake friends these days. No good can come from such a friendship. Stay true to yourself and your friends. Here’s a lesson for the kiddies.

A Quick Daily Study: Stanza 42

Morning Y’all. I’m trying to start the day with a positive vibe but my depression isn’t really giving me a chance to do so. I thought I’ll start my Havamal study early this morning rather than rushing through it so I’m able to get to work. We are still in the Gestaþáttr (guest/traveler/hospitality/behavior section) and it’s covered a lot so far. One thing I’ve learned and I hope you have too is that it some way it is still relatable in these modern times. Here I am at Stanza 42:

Pocket Version:
To his friend a man should be a friend,
and gifts with gifts requite. Laughter with
laughter men should receive, but repay
treachery with lies.

I do not have other translations at the moment from people such as Chisholm or Terry at the ready. TOOHG has been a great help with my journey so far but as I go further I will need to seek other translations for help. I happen to really like this stanza as it’s relatable through some of my own life lessons. I feel that it’s highlighting gifting between loved ones and friends to be equal and enjoyable for both parties. The fact that laughter is mentioned as a gift goes with Stanza 41 that not all gifts are measured in materialistic ways. If you are able to bring a smile and joy to a friend or loved one in a time when needed the gift, in turn, is worth a whole lot. This is especially true for me because there are times that a good laugh and company is something that I desperately need. This could also be when someone is will to sit with you and just be there without speaking and you being able to do the same speaks to the soul of a person and those types of gifts are not measured in price.

The last line pertaining to repaying treachery with lies speaks volumes. Why spend anything or gift a piece of yourself or time to someone that has betrayed you in some form or another? It may not necessarily mean with a ‘lie’ but a fake smile or laugh in passing is an empty as their worth to you. I think the lesson here is don’t waste any time or money or your true self on someone that is fake. This stanza is applicable to a modern heathen and I need to apply it more and remember to be just as treacherous as the people I work with.

Happy Wednesday Y’all.

 

 

A Quick Daily Study: Stanza 41

Thanks, WP. My comment section is back so I will be catching up on them. Lack of sleep makes me super cranky and losing an hour due to DLST, it’s just worse. I’m going to start here with my stanza study.

Pocket Havamal
With arms and vestments friends
should each other gladden, those which are
in themselves most sightly. Givers and
requiters are longest friends, if all goes well.

Chisholm:
One should not have too much need of the goods
he has gotten. Often one squanders
on enemies what was intended for loved ones.
Many affairs go awry.

So here it seems that the stanza suggests that you should not be greedy and give up everything seeking material items along with money. Then the last two stanzas illustrate how some people don’t recognize the true friends from the false friends and spends too much on the false. It reminds me of people only want to be your friend because of what you may have to offer or what they can get from you. Perhaps lack of wealth, living comfortably and have real friends is the lesson in this stanza.

Happy Tuesday Y’all!

A Quick Daily Study: Stanza 40

Daylight savings time has really got me screwed up. I’m so late I couldn’t even get my 15-minute walk in. I’m taking the time to read a stanza. Then I have to figure out where my comments section went to, AGAIN. Ugh! WP, what gives?

Pocket Version
Of the property which he has gained
no man should suffer need; for the hated
oft is spared what for the dear was destined.
Much goes worse than is expected.

Terry:
A man should spend his hard-earned money
on whatever he may want;
saving for dear ones may serve the detested:
things often don’t work out our way.

So this one is similar but in the same token not to stanza 39. From what I gathered, spend on what is needed and splurge when you can. Take care of the necessities first. The second part was a little more difficult for me. I think it means if things can go wrong. You can leave something behind for your loved ones but it could cause more problems. I’m really guessing here as this was a tough one for me. Or, maybe it’s because of daylight savings and I’m exhausted. Thoughts?

Happy ‘exhausted’ Monday Y’all!

A Quick Daily Study: Stanza 39

It’s Thursday or Thor’s day (again learning something new) and I’m here at work taking a break from a negative supervisor. I’m trying to figure out how to make the impossible possible but have hit a brick wall which brings me here.

Pocket Version:
I have never found a man so wealthy,
or so hospitable that he refused a gift; or of
his property so abundant that he scorned a
repayment.

Chisholm:
I never found a generous man
who was so free with his food,
that he would turn it down, or so generous
as to loath a gift were it given.

Ok, there is apparently a LOT going on with this verse. At first reading of the stanza, it is more or less speaking of human nature. Why would we turn down a gift? It doesn’t matter what we have or how much we have of something a gift always seems to translate into thought and caring. After reading some on TOOHG, they talk about something I hadn’t thought about, gift debt. I know ‘debt’ has a negative tendency but it’s not always about material objects or money it could also be about friendship, time, loyalty and such. I personally appreciate loyalty and friendship but small objects are fun as well. Look how excited I got when my husband gifted me legos.

Society has taught us to be humble and to give gifts without expectations but this teaches that it wasn’t always so. Expectations are warranted in some form or another for gift giving. I know that sounds petty and materialistic but you can’t put a price on friendship or advice.

Happy Thor’s Day
‘Thursday means Thor’s day in Old English. Thor is represented riding a chariot drawn by goats and wielding the hammer.’

A Quick Daily Study: Stanza 38

I have been up for a while doing a little research on a subject that I don’t know much about other than the basics. I normally don’t rise to the occasion of proving an individual wrong but when it comes to dog ownership, particularly what is considered a ‘dangerous breed’ I’m a huge advocate. I own 3 of the most docile pit bulls so I felt compelled. I did my research and was reminded of all the stanzas about being overly boastful with ignorant knowledge. I only gave enough information to cause the individuals to think and not to feel stupid.

Today’s stanza is pretty straight forward, I think:

Pocket Version:
Leaving in the field his arms, let no
man go a foot’s length forward; for it is
hard to know when on the way a man may
need his weapon.

Chisholm:
A man should not step one foot
forth in the field without weapons.
One cannot know, when on the road,
when he will need his spear.

I think in a general sense for today’s society is to always be prepared. You never know what could happen and come your way. You may not need a weapon but having knowledge or even basic skills will help keep you safe or at least out of any drama.

A Quick Daily Study: Stanza 37

I’m super rushed this morning only because my sleep was broken by the roar of my husband’s snore. Seperate rooms are sounding like a good idea the more I think about it. I’m taking time to do this for me this morning.

Pocket Version:
One’s own house is best, small though it
be, at home is everyone his own master.
Bleeding at heart is he, who has to ask for
food at every meal-tide.

Chisholm:
One’s own home is best, though it is small.
To each, home is hall.
His heart will bleed
who has to ask for each meal’s meat.

This is kind of like stanza 36 reminding me that no matter how small and humble my home it’s still mine. This stanza goes further to explain how painful it is for someone to ask for shelter and food. I know what it’s like to go without and how it hurt me to ask for help of any kind. I tend to ask someone if they would like something or ask if I can help so the other person doesn’t have to feel what I feel.

Be kind and happy Tuesday Y’all!

A Quick Daily Study: Stanza 36

Yesterday I attended a pagan fundraiser and to visit with people from the kindred. I actually learned something new. You and I both know my recall SUCKS and when put on the spot I just can’t and could actually start to stutter. Luckily, my husband knew what I was talking about and was able to show what I was talking about. I learned how to pronounce certain words pertaining to Norse correctly. Ostara isn’t actually supposed to be pronounced with the ‘a’ at the end of the word and it’s just Ostar (now I’m giggling because my Grammarly popped up telling me it’s misspelled). It’s always awesome to learn new things. Here it is Monday, and I’m at stanza 36:

Pocket Version:
One’s own house is best, small thought
it be; at home is everyone his own master.
Though he but two goats possess, and a
straw-thatched cot, even that is better
than begging.

Terry:
Though it be little, better to live
in a house you hold as your own;
with just two goats, thin thatch for your roof,
you’re better off than begging.

There are several translations but they are mostly worded the same. The first part makes me think no matter how poorly conditioned or furnishing of your home…it’s your home. It’s something that you have worked hard for and continue to do so. I like Terry’s translation as the line, ‘thin thatch’ brings home the fact that it doesn’t matter how poor you are it’s a great feeling to have something to call your own. Somewhere you can be yourself.

Our house isn’t much and needs tons of TLC and we are working hard to get the funds to do so but it’s ours and we couldn’t ask for much more. Be proud of what you have achieved so far in your home.

Happy Monday everyone!

A Quick Daily Study: Stanza 35

I was a little kinder to myself this morning and didn’t push to get on the treadmill. I took a few minutes to myself and relaxed in bed before getting up. I even washed my hair and did some skin care. Now, I’m sitting with a cup of ice cold coffee and writing this. I have set up my Friday Fictioneer post, paid some bills, and even have a great idea for today’s photo. I’ll get on the treadmill tonight and probably even do some grocery shopping. Here we are with today’s stanza (skipped yesterday because it was an ‘honest’ weigh-in day):

Pocket Version:
A guest should depart, not always
stay in one place. The guest becomes
unwelcome, if he too long stays in
another’s house.

Chisholm:
Then the guest should go.
He should not stay too long in one stead.
When one stays too long in another’s house,
love turns into loathing.

This reminds me of some homespun words my grandmother would spout, ‘don’t wear out your welcome.’ I always try to make sure that if we have to stay overnight with the kindred that it is possible, first. If not, then other plans are made. I think this is a great reminder for people who tend to take advantage of the situation end up becoming the ‘regretful’ guest.

Happy Friday Y’all!

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