Happy Wooden’s (Odin’s) Day
When it comes to a warrior mind, the Business Virtues are in many ways doing the business of war during peace. Self-Reliance prepares for war in peace by making sure one is independent and free to act in one’s interest as best as possible. Industriousness is working so one has the resources one needs when the battles of life start. Hospitality means one is known for grace and mercy because it leads quicker to peace after a war is over and often you might need grace and mercy for yourself.
Your dealings with others and how they perceive you and respect you go a long way to being successful when battles come. Being known as independent, hard-working and gracious is a far better reputation than being dependent, lazy and unmerciful. It is easy to make peace with life and enjoy it when your reputation is solid. At least this is true for your own self if not for others.
“Self-Reliance is the spirit of independence, which is achieved not only for the individual but also for the family, clan, tribe, and nation.”
Principle: To achieve and maintain personal independence and advocate for independence in my family, state and nation.
Goal: Find a new, better paying job by the end of June 2019 or before.
Bucket List: To own and run my own successful business or company.
The job search is a little frustrating right now and I am glad I set things back to the end of June so school will be out in a couple weeks and I can give the job search my full attention. I have given my word to my wife if I can find a job in Michigan by the end of June that fits the bill I would do it. If not, then my search hits the whole country. Owning my own business is the ultimate in self-reliance and the goal here.
“Industriousness is the willingness to work hard, always striving for efficiency, as a joyous activity in itself”
Principle: Work with the enjoyment of work itself.
Goal: Finalize last requirements for my degree – Internship by May 2019
Bucket List: Write A Novel and Get it Published.
The degree is almost done. About three weeks now before the semester is over and all requirements are finished. My novel idea is taking root in my heart of five childhood friends that set out together to find adventure. I like it and I think the five characters I have in mind are not typical, but rather represent a good adventure team.
“Hospitality is the willingness to share what one has with one’s fellows, especially when they are far from home.”
Principle: To share out of my abundance to help people where I can with their life’s journey.
Goal: By March 31st of 2020, to be the leader of a support group of some kind.
Bucket List: To own my own home by March 2024.
I have to say if I get a job, I hope it is in a place with a little higher population density. I think that will make support groups, in general, a more viable option as well as owning a home of the right size. Something me and the wife talk about which both of us agree on the minimum necessary to be comfortable for both of us.
Higher Virtue – Justice:
Justice keeps my life balanced. For all my talk of mercy and grace earlier, it should be noted that part of justice is to know when you have had enough of someone’s shit or when they have betrayed your trust. Don’t have to deal with those people in my mind or treat them well when you encounter them. I have a short list of such people and I think that it is simply exercising justice to myself.
- Wife: Communication / Cuddle Time
- Blogging – Organize, revise, write a new post for the next day, 15 min. work on fiction.
- Reading – half-hour. Priority order: work, school, pleasure
- Study / Homework / Research: half hour per day minimum or until all necessary work is completed.
- Personal Business: record financial transactions, savings plan actions, budgeting, appointments, other.
- Check Communications and Email after 2 pm but before 4 pm.
- Weekly Routine Items
- Nutrition: Daily Carb Count – 2
Next week I am going to do some routine shuffle and rearrangement.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.