#17 — Exercise prudence (Φρονησιν ασκει)

Prudence is defined first as “The state, quality, or fact of being prudent.” But this is not enough to explain why the ancients would consider exercising it to be of such importance. For that we need to go to its secondary definition of “Careful management; economy.” http://www.thefreedictionary.com/prudence This Maxim is all about exercising due diligence as…

#16 — Control anger (Θυμου κρατει)

This Maxim is different from the one that says “Control Yourself” in that it is talking about a specific emotion that many of us have difficulties with in our day-to-day lives. Anger, when not controlled, can be one of the most destructive forces in our lives. When controlled and harnessed it can be one of…

#15 — Help your friends (Φιλοις βοηθει)

This is one of the easier Maxims to write about and yet one of the more difficult. Everyone shouldhelp their friends. Otherwise, why call them friends at all? However, in today’s world it seems that we are judged more by the number of “friends” we have than by how we behave towards the friends we…

#13 — Honor the hearth [or Hestia] (Εστιαν τιμα)

This Maxim is one that has deeply personal meaning for me because of its connection to the Goddess Hestia – one of the most paradoxically powerful and yet neglected Goddesses in the Hellenic pantheon. I have already written several blog posts SPECIFICALLYhonoring her and her role in our lives. http://greekreconmommy.blogspot.com/2012/01/meditation-on-heart-of-flame.htmland http://greekreconmommy.blogspot.com/2011/07/old-essay-on-hestia-overlooked-olympian.htmlare probably the two that…

#11 — Think as a mortal (Φρονει θνητα)

This Maxim reminds us that we are only human, and as such we have to discard unrealistic expectations of ourselves. It does not mean that we should not think of ways to improve ourselves and our situations, but rather, it means that we should look at things in light of the famous Christian ‘Serenity Prayer’…

#10 — Know your opportunity (Καιρον γνωθι)

This Maxim speaks of a different thing than the one which advises us to “Act quickly”. It also speaks to us of mindfulness that everything has its proper ‘moment’ (or kairos). With this Maxim timing is everything and that timing starts with knowing what the proper moment for a thing will be. This timing will…