I look back on some of the articles that I have written and wonder what the Hel I was thinking about when I wrote them ! I read others and say to myself, " eh, not bad". Some poems seem written by a third grader, while others I am quite proud of. My three stories did extremely well, increasing readership at one point by 400%. Good, bad, or indifferent, I assure you that it all came from my heart, and was honestly what I believe the Gods and Goddesses are trying to show me / us. I firmly believe our Deities judge us on our individual abilities, and not on the scale of others. They are proud of us if we make an honest effort to do our best in all endeavors.
Though I did not make a pledge, or take an oath, to write for a second year, I am going to do it anyway. I will try to write more carefully in this second year, but it is not easy for me. I am an aging warehouse manager, and often times I come home physically, and mentally exhausted. This year I will try to write less articles but take more time composing them. I am also going to stop writing articles against our Christian brothers, unless it directly affects our religion. Every time I hear of a priest molesting a child, I will bite my tongue, but say nothing. Nothing I can say will stop these disturbed individuals anyway, especially if those in their own religion won't stop them.
So here we go ! Year two of refusing to be what other people want, and expect me to be. I raise my horn in honor, and great respect, for those who call themselves Independent Asatruar. I drink a toast to all those who who listen only to the Gods and Goddesses, and thumb their noses at those organizations, and experts, who try to convince us that only they have a better way to know, honor, and love, our Gods and Goddesses. But most of all I will continue to say over and over again, that our religion is about our love for our Gods and Goddesses, and not about our love for the "idea" of our religion. Let the Gods and Goddesses into your heart, and all the nine worlds will open up to you !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love and Thor's protection !