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Friday, March 28, 2014

What, Me Worry?


The times of our lives bring us laughter, joy, regret, and worry.  It is unfortunate that the joy and laughter way to often are overshadowed by regret and worry.  This too, is a part of or lives.  The old saying, you've made your bed, now you must lie in it, dovetails well with the old world concept of orlog and wyrd; we are our words and deeds.  But obsessing over what might come down on your head in the future only serves to rob you of needed sleep and peace of mind.  The ancient Havamal says this:  
Verse 23 - The witless man / is awake all night, 
                  Thinking of many things; 
                 Care-worn, he is / when the morning comes, 
                 And his woe is just as it was (italics mine). * 

You may be able to change a thing or two that will mitigate your circumstances.  But do it in the morning, after a good night's sleep.  The problem will still be there when you awake.  A clear head can work wonders.  

* The Havamal, from The Poetic Edda, Henry Adams Bellows translation, 1936.

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