This is a very different tack than I normally take but an interesting article on issues of Heathens being parts of larger religious organizations.
I have little to add, other than it is worth reading for how we deal with failure and acceptance.
We are not raised to accept failure. We are trained from birth to seek success, to define ourselves by success, to adapt and overcome, that there is always a path through to victory. This is how we are taught to deal with a world that we must overcome to succeed. It is good to teach the young that they must strive, for against anything but their wyrd they may triumph.
Note the caveat.
Wyrd weaves as it will, and against it even the gods may not stand. At the end of the first war, the goddess Frigg had seen her best loved son, Baldur, the shining one, at the forefront of every battle. First into battle, as he was ever first with a laugh, with a song, with a smile; his courage was as great as his heart and she lived in fear that his courage would lead to his…
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The lame rides a horse, | the handless is herdsman, The deaf in battle is bold; The blind man is better | than one that is burned, No good can come of a corpse. This passage is one I have used often to overcome the media created nonsense that our ancestors were busy seeking […]
Sorry, this old soldier could not pass this one up. Measure people by what they can do. There are many links in each chain of your tribe. That I am able now does not mean I will be able later but keeping my mind sharp is still my job. Never give up. Or, if you prefer:
‘We have an expression in prize fighting: “Everyone has a plan until they’ve been hit.” Well my friend, you’ve just been hit. The getting up is up to you.’ – From the film: The Ghost and the Darkness