Happy Tyr’s Day
“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.
The followers of Asatru’s Nine Noble Virtues (NNV) have a deep realization of the necessity that virtues cannot e idle. There is nothing more useless that people who claim certain ideals and qualities but then do not display them. In truth this virtue in particular cuts against the notion of being hypocritical. If something needs to change or needs doing there is no waiting for the gods or goddesses to do it or if I am deficient in some quality there is no waiting for the powers that be to change me, I work and do that myself.
For me, I have found that I am very willing to work hard. Even more so than before I followed Asatru. Hard work is its own reward at times. I strive to be efficient looking for new and better ways to do things. I look at the situation and try to see the most effective way to order things to do them so that they are done well and as quickly as possible so more can be done in less time.
My struggle is working at all times with the enjoyment of work in and of itself. I also strive to find a job and a career that suits me the best. I can work hard at any job you give me. I also want to know the job is challenging to me on all levels because that is what gives me the most joy in my work. It is what allows me to take the most pride in a job well done.
To the Wolves and Ravens:
“Feed the Wolves, but Listen to the Ravens first.”
There is the mentality of the thief that seeks to take from others. There is the counter mentality which is to smith your own life from what you are given. The first is dishonorable and cowardly. The other is honorable and courageous. The need to work hard with joy is obvious to me.
I want to work hard because there is satisfaction in doing that gives a lot of honor to my soul. In addition, I have goals that require hard work so if I want to achieve them I need to get off my ass and go get them. If you want a good life, the first thing to realize is no one is going to give that to you. You have to go earn it.
Reason tells me also that hard work leads to a lot of benefits with others. being the one that people look to and can’t do without, is an advantage in any employment situation. Rationally hard work makes you more valuable to other people than someone who is lazy. It should also be noted that if you are a boss, those workers under you respect hardworking bosses more than ones who are lazy. Respect of this sort is more valuable than gold.
But more than that, living life to its fullest requires the wisdom of industriousness. The old adage of working hard and playing hard comes from industriousness. There is great wisdom in doing all things with effort and striving for efficiency so more gets done in your life in less time. More is built and enjoyed.
Hard efficient work in all areas is valuable. Industriousness reminds us that no matter what we are doing to do it with the highest amount of effort and efficiency. It doesn’t matter if it is devotion to the spiritual, vocational or recreational part of life. All need good solid effort to make the most of every situation. It is one of the virtues I have learned to enjoy the most.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.