In a world in which so many people seem so unhappy, and so alone, unless they are with numerous friends, or engrossed in multiple distractions, I actually enjoy solitude, and a quiet place to think and reflect. I feel less alone, quietly sitting on top of a mountain, than I do sometimes in a room full of people. For it is only in this silence that I can truly perceive the presence of the Gods and Goddesses. Only in these moments of solitude do I truly hear them speak to me, and understand and appreciate them for what they are, and what they are showing me. Only in these quiet times do their thoughts mingle with mine, and assure me that I am never alone.
I first realized this two years ago when I was sitting at J.F.K. airport waiting for the ticket counter for Icelandic Airways to open. No one I knew wanted to go to Iceland, and I did not want to burden anyone with taking me to the airport. So there I sat, all alone in the airport. I had only been in an airport once before, and that was to pick someone up. I had never flown in a big jet, or really gone to a foreign country. Sorry, I don't count Canada ! To say I was a little intimidated would be an understatement. I was extremely worried ! The wait seemed to go on forever, ( Icelandic Air shares a space with British Airways), but the longer I waited the less anxiety I felt. The Gods and Goddesses were there with me, and I just knew everything would be alright. I just calmly followed everyone else, and did whatever they did ! Entering the plane was another experience that caught me off guard. They look so big on the outside, but when you put a couple of hundred people on the inside, they seem so small. I felt like a sardine in a can. When I sat down, strapped in, and felt the plane start to move down the runway I grabbed hold of my Thor's hammer, and I swear that I became as cool as a cucumber ! And even though I was in a foreign country for a whole week I never again felt any anxiety. Just the sheer joy of knowing the Gods and Goddesses were with me allowed me to calmly enjoy every aspect of my trip. And it was a fantastic trip ! On the way back to the Keflavik airport, I was treated to a wonderful sight. It had been drizzling that morning, but as the bus was taking me back to the airport, the sun came out, and a wonderful rainbow, parallel to the road, seemed to be pointing towards the airport and home. I took several pictures of it, and literally smiled the rest of the way there !
Since then I really don't worry that much about things that seem to bug the crap out of other people, because I know the Gods and Goddesses will never leave my side. Even last year when a woman crossed into my lane and destroyed my car, I not only remained unhurt , but the money the insurance company paid me allowed me to replace my old gas guzzler with a new fuel efficient car. Sometimes the Gods and Goddesses, and maybe the Norns as well, do things for a reason. We should not worry about these things, just accept that this is their will, and go with it !
When I see individuals who are truly alone, I feel sorry for them ! For they have not yet reached out with their minds, and their hearts, to the Gods and Goddesses. Their souls are floating on a sea of despair, and are lost. I wish they could feel the Gods and Goddesses as I do ! Then they too would know that they are never truly alone !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love and Thor's protection !