The Nine Noble Virtues of Asatru – Industriousness
The Nine Noble Virtues of Asatru are:
Fidelity (or Troth)
Please note that these are my own interpretations!
Eighth – There is Industriousness.
In my opinion, one of the most important of the NNV, especially in the current job climate and economic recession/depression.
Being industriousness has many potential meanings but it boils down to working hard, regardless of the circumstances that you find yourself in. Industriousness means working hard, even at a job that you despise. It means working hard to prove to yourself that you can succeed at whatever you put your mind to and to take pride in one’s work.
He must rise betimes who hath few to serve him,
and see to his work himself;
who sleeps at morning is hindered much,
to the keen is wealth half-won.
If you have found yourself among those who have no job or occupation, do not be afraid to do menial jobs to get food on the table, to have a little is better than having nothing. Any job is a good job and it is vastly better than being a beggar.
One’s own house is best, though small it may be;
each man is master at home;
though he have but two goats and a bark-thatched hut
’tis better than craving a boon.
One’s own house is best, though small it may be,
each man is master at home;
with a bleeding heart will he beg, who must,
his meat at every meal.
Industriousness doesn’t just apply to the daily grind but to other aspects of your life as well. Being industrious means that you take charge of your life so that your actions determine where you are heading by the virtue of your commitment to get things done and done well. If you apply this “go-getter” attitude to your life then surely it will spill over into your spiritual life as well, leading to spiritual growth.
Working hard and being a hard worker are virtues that any culture can value and understand, working hard means pulling your weight. If you are not the bread-winner in your relationship, you can still work hard by looking after your home and the head of the household to the fullest of your capabilities. If you are a student then you can be industrious by volunteering yourself for chores and favours around the home to help the people out that are providing you with all that you need. By pulling your weight even in times when it is not expected from you will earn you praise and good hamingja (Familial luck) and also means that those you have done tasks for will be more willing to help out with tasks that you ask from them.
He must rise betimes who fain of another
or life or wealth would win;
scarce falls the prey to sleeping wolves,
or to slumberers victory in strife.
Industriousness is one component of the glue that will hold any family or community together as a task shared is a task halved. Showing that you are willing to do more than just slog at work and sit on your expanding behind at home will also help instill industriousness in your children. Include them, get them to help, even if it is in a small manner.
Our ancestors always had something to do, regardless of their station in life. It was not just a matter of increasing their reputation, it was a matter of life and death.
Do your work carefully, with due diligence and well; and your descendants will follow in your footsteps if you teach them well.
Ere long I bare fruit, and thrived full well,
I grew and waxed in wisdom;
word following word, I found me words,
deed following deed, I wrought deeds.