Happy Wooden’s (Odin’s) Day
Tyr is the Norse God of War and Justice. I know it seems like an odd choice at first for discussing business but the main virtue and vision I have for my business life is the idea of justice. Justice is the central core of my business philosophy and my understanding of the noble virtues of Self_reliance, Industriousness, and Hospitality. Money is part of that but human relationships are the real nuts and bolts of the business. Money is just a medium of exchange in those relationships and it is not the only one.
Tyr’s story is one of courage as he was the only god willing to put his hand in the mouth of Fenrir when the gods were trying to bind him with their last-ditch attempt to contain Fenrir’ raw power and might. All the gods became afraid of Fenrir and what he could do and Odin’s vision that Fenrir would be his death drove Odin to find a way to stop Fenrir. So after several attempts they created a binding thread that was at last able to bind Fenrir but they had to convince him to put it on. Tyr convinced Fenrir to try to break the thread only after he put his own hand in Fenrir’s mouth as a way to get him to trust him. Fenrir was unable to break the thread so he bit off Tyr’s hand.
Tyr had been the only one not afraid of Fenrir and so he had played with Fenrir when he was small and onward. He had built a relationship with Fenrir. One might argue that he used it to trick him, but I am thinking given Tyr’s noble nature, he might have simply though Fenrir would simply break the chains of he wasn’t able to that Odin would release him. In the end, had Fenrir been released, by Fenrir’s own words, he would have been loyal to the gods. Because they had not, he committed himself to their destruction.
“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 September 2019.
Bucket List: To own and run my own successful business or company by March 2029.
Tyr recognizes the need to sacrifice the moment for lasting peace and prosperity. He isn’t concerned with the short term in his relationships which leads to dependence. Rather he takes the initiative to bring about a solution that allows for continued peace for a time. In war, you do what is necessary and that is also sometimes true to avoid one. Tyr understands that independence needs to be maintained by self-sacrifice at times. You give up something to achieve something greater.
“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.
Finalize last requirements for my degree – Internship by May 2019 – May 2019 (achieved)
Bucket List: Write A Novel and Get it Published by March 2022.
Tyr is also a god of disciplined fighting. He works hard to be the best warrior the can. He represents noble hard work to achieve mastery of something and that is also something to take inspiration from. Ding the daily drill of business and maintaining the relationships you need every day is something to pursue.
“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/participant in a group of some kind.
Bucket List: To own my own home by March 2024.
I think Tyr shows the fact that to be a god of justice, one needs to be generous at times. The dichotomy injustice, as far as business in life is concerned, is not righteousness and mercy but rather the balance between self-reliance and hospitality. Independence and compassion. These two threads are far easier to get to cooperate than the normal thing one thinks of when it regards justice. Tring to maintain freedom and graciousness is more easily achieved to me than balancing mercy and righteousness because in many cases you can’t do it with the later.
Higher Virtue – Justice:
Tyr is the God of Justice, Law, and War. He is someone to look at in the mythology but his role is very light in what survives. I think this is what gives him the appeal to me as a writer and someone who gives me some vision regarding justice. I can imagine him as being so just in maintaining people’s independence and being compassionate at the same time. That he was well loved and avoided a lot of unnecessary drama in his dealing with people. In this context, he gets a lot done in my mind.
Work Day Routine:
- Morning Routine
- Wife: Communication / Cuddle Time
- Blogging – Organize, revise, write a new post for the next day, 15 min. work on fiction.
- Weightlifting: Gym time – 1 hour after work.
- Writing: One Hour on top of the blogging routine each day. Alternate between Non-Fiction Book and Novel.
- Language Study: A half hour on Latin
- Personal Business: record financial transactions, savings plan actions, budgeting, appointments, other actions, etc.
- Check Communications and Email after 2 pm but before 4 pm.
- Nutrition: Daily Carb Count – 2
The workday routine makes more sense to me these days. It gives me a lot of hope I can be more productive and it makes sense to put it here under business to talk about it. My philosophical viewpoint will be more apparent as the routine that moves it forward the most will be here as well.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.