A Quick Daily Study: Stanza 6

With the holiday season is finally wrapping up I can get back into my personal growth project. Part of learning Asatru and Heathenism is learning, reading, and practicing. The problem is I can read and understand most everything I read. It’s my memory-retaining the information and I think that’s going to be my downfall. If I’m accepted into the kindred as an official member I have to be able to sit down one on one and talk to them about the reading material. Well…FML! I’ll do my best.

So far I have been sharing with you my stanzas that have covered being cautious, a good host, and being a good guest. I’m sitting here with muffins in the oven (early because we have adult things to do today) and coffee. Dedication is something that I’m working on and it’s better when it’s quiet in the house.

Stanza 6 Terry Translation
Better to be careful than to boast
how much is in your mind;
when the wise come in, keeping their counsel,
trouble seldom starts.
A man won’t find a better friend
than his own head full of sense.

Pocket Translation
Of his understanding, no one should
be proud, but rather in conduct cautious.
When the prudent and taciturn come
a dwelling, harm seldom befalls the
cautious; for a firmer friend no man ever gets
that great discernment.

This seems like a LOT to take in. Thanks to previous translations and research it’s a bit easier to swallow. Since we are in the ‘hospitality’ section of the Havamal I think this is also a good stanza of advice. It’s better to not talk too much about yourself, your knowledge, criticize someone’s views, talk down about how something is done. Don’t be rude and prideful-it can make for an awkward situation. When you are a guest me mindful of how you speak. You won’t really start trouble or offend if you’re talking out your ass. ‘Sit down, shut up, and observe’ is a nice clear and precise to the point answer.

I learned that during sumbels there is a time for a person to boast specifically about themselves…I just wish I had something to boast about. There is one woman that shows up to the sumbels and rituals but never brings much but herself and her obnoxious boasting speech. After reading this all I can think about is her.

What Am I?

I had to take 1/2 day off from work. Some people take off work because it’s warm and sunny but not me. Today is a beautiful fall day with graying skies and leaves starting to turn and some even falling from their branches. I told them, I didn’t ask. I drove around enjoying the crisp air and the complementary color of the land and sky. It’s so beautiful. I came home, cleaned the house, walked, made my coffee and here I sit. I wanted to share what is happening here on a personal level. Nothing is more personal than a person’s faith or beliefs.

I’m exploring my faith with Asatru and decided that something that would help in my decision of beliefs would be a DNA test. Silly? At first, I thought so but realized I didn’t know, or the entire family for that matter didn’t know what my father was. Was he of Native American? Was he Polish? Come to find out he was something that even my mother got upset about.

regional mapBefore I go any further, I grew up being told that I was Irish, Belgium, and Norwegian descent on my mother’s side and that my father was more than likely Native American and Polish (according to family rumors). I ordered tests for both my husband and myself and learned that there was nothing of what the rumors believed to be present in my DNA nor was their as much as my mother would claim of her descent. Come to find out Scottish, Swedish, and Norwegian make up the majority of my DNA. 56% Scottish! Really? Where did this come from? 20% Swedish? Wow, ok. Then there is the Norwegian. I couldn’t be more thrilled to learn my DNA ancestry. I only wish it would solve the puzzle of who my grandfather was. My dad was adopted and his father’s identity has literally been taken to the grave with everyone in the family.

I will go further with my Asatru educational journey but also want to learn and embrace my new found DNA ancestry. I would give ANYTHING to be able to visit Scotland and Norway but with a young family and all the financial support that is needed for that makes it seem like a possible bucket list item that in reality, I may never get to check off my list. I’ll do my best with what I have and research and maybe, possibly, reach out and find a network of individuals that could share a bit of their heritage with me. Whether it be recipes, pictures, beliefs, legends…whatever it may be I’m open to learning. If you can help out I would greatly appreciate it. There is nothing more valuable than knowing who or what you are.

Off to start some thumbnail sketches for my next 30 day Inktober project. I kind of failed at my last one but I was sidetracked by Asatru, weight loss, and family.

6 Word Story: 9/17

I woke up this morning with a renewed feeling. Walking on the treadmill was relaxing as I looked around at my decluttered living room. So relaxed in fact that I lost track of time and was late to work. I have had these many times in my life and during those moments I didn’t take the arguments as learning experiences. Looking back, I believe that they have helped me grow as a person in some way.


Prompt: Quarrel

Embrace controversies to learn other perspectives.

 

6 Word Story: 8/27

I had to wake up really early to do write. I wanted to get my walk in before going to work where the company has blocked EVERYTHING. I can’t access a lot of sites including my writing classes and most of my WP site (not even on our breaks) so I wouldn’t be able to write at work. Today’s prompt was difficult to wrap my head around but I came up with something.

I’m learning a lot about Asatru, watercolor, and apothecary. At first, I felt like an idiot but then I started reading, practicing, and learning about a lot and don’t feel quite inept in conversations.


Prompt: Feeble

Understanding weakness allows space for learning.

 

6 Word Stories: 8/25-8/26

I have stolen a few moments to sit and write these. My son’s birthday party is this afternoon and running around trying to get everything picked up, planned, and prepared was more time consuming than I thought it would be. I think the ages between 7 and 13 are the busiest parties or at least for my kids. After 13, they just want to hang out with friends after a small dinner out with the family. What am I thinking having 13 active kids in one place only to have them sugared up on top of the noise and action?

8/25: Domineering

I have experienced this I don’t know how many times in my life. Where I work this is exercised a LOT by people that hold higher positions. Now I tell them, ‘Educate me. Don’t belittle me.’ Sometimes that works in the right situations. Other times, they learn that they are actually the one that needs to be educated.

Arrogance isn't an excuse for belittlement.

I’m going to try and heed my own advice here trying to get out of this slump. No one else is going to do what I want to do and I need to stay positive with my attitude.

8/26: Diligent

Always be active in pursuing dreams.

Liebster Award

EEK, super excited to be catching up on my awards. Unfortunately, there were some for the Sunshine Blogger Award and the Mystery Blogger award with links that didn’t work so I couldn’t answer the questions or nominate. I was nominated by StuHN. The serial piece that is being written for the #AtoZ Blogging challenge is brilliant! Please head on over and read his work. You will not be disappointed. So, on with the show.

 

RULES OF THE LIEBSTER AWARD 2018
1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and display the award logo.
2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger sets for you.
3. Nominate blogs that you think are deserving of the award.
4. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Let your nominees know about their nomination!

My Questions to answer:

  1. If you could write in any writers voice besides your own, whose would it be?
    Hmm…any writers voice? I would have to choose that from the point of view of the character. Dialogue is not my strong suit and I’m trying and failing it seems.
  2. What literary genre holds NO interest for you?
    Non-fiction Religious-I’ve been raised in the bible belt. I’ve heard and lived enough for a lifetime. I’m more spiritual in the ways that my grandmother taught me.
  3. What song with a strong narrative still touches you?
    Praying by Kesha. I got emotional the first time I heard it and still get choked up. This speaks to me in more ways than one (thank you for this question).
  4. What fictional character do you wish you were?
    Chesire Cat- That clever feline is able to adapt to any situation for survival.
  5. Savory or Sweet?
    Both? OK, not fair umm savory. I enjoy sweet but put some seasoned pecans in front of me and there won’t be any left for anyone else.
  6. What are “The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of?”
    Dreams are made of determination, gumption, and humility. All of those are needed to reach your goals.
  7. You stumble upon a magic rock. Picking it up, you discover something underneath. What is it?
    The answer to all my family’s secrets. Every answer ever wanted that they took to the grave with them. Their history and past is also mine. 
  8. Have you had an inexplicable experience? What was it?
    I guess some of my stories start with a scene that I see in my mind’s eye. Then my hands can’t stop writing the story behind a scene I have never seen before.
  9. What fiction book would you recommend to me?
    I think it would have to be Cinder. Yes, it’s a young adult fiction but the take on an old fairy-tale I thoroughly enjoyed.
  10. What movie or TV show do you love but hate to admit it?
    Love but hate to admit. It’s no longer running but it would have to be the Torkelson’s. 
  11. What does writing mean to you? (yes, I’m stealing it from Shari. Deal).
    For me, writing means that I’m alive. I’m healing. I’m striving towards a daily goal. It keeps me from giving up.

My questions to be answered:

  1. What was your monster under the bed or in the closet growing up?
  2. What is one thing you wish you could make right?
  3. What fairy tale would you like to see made into a movie?
  4. Would you rather swim in a lake or ocean?
  5. If you could change one thing about mainstream media, what would it be?
  6. Do you have a green thumb?
  7. What would you bring to a birthday party for someone you didn’t know?
  8. What is your favorite time of day?
  9. What is your favorite black and white movie?
  10. How do you define good character?
  11. What movie made you unexpectedly cry?

My Nominees

Froggy Crochet
Susan
Swerve Strikes Back
Zahthinks
Shllyn

Remeber you are not obligated to participate but if you do, have some fun.

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