Sunday, 5 January 2014

Havamal Snippets 116: Plan for your journeys into the future

Be prepared for any journeys you make.  This means thinking ahead and foreseeing any circumstances you may encounter.  Whether this journey is a simple and short one over a few steps, yards & minutes (like a drive into the mountains), or a complex and long one over many steps, miles & years (like starting up a business), the ability to plan ahead 'to see into the future' is one that is really good to have.  Thinking ahead requires a man to get his mind out of day-to-day matters and into long term ones.  It's also a good stepping stone which allows a man to move from thinking about physical things to spiritual things, because it moves his attention away from the immediate to the distant.
Ráðumk þér Loddfáfnir
en þú ráð nemir
njóta mundu ef þú nemr
þér munu góð ef þú getr
á fjalli eða firði
ef þik fara tíðir
fásktu at virði vel               
I advise you, Loddfafnir,
to take advice;
you would benefit, it you took it,
good will come to you, if you accept it:
[6] if you long to travel
[5] over mountain or fjord,
be sure you have ample food.


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