You know who is absolutely amazing and doesn’t get enough credit for the great things that have happened to me? The God who is consistently the most present force in my life, besides Apollon? The God who has always given me the best advice, whose advice I always take, even when I don’t want to? The God who has been there to watch over me and mine during the long drives on Texas and Colorado roads? The God whose business acumen keeps me in this game, doing what I love, when it’s hard, when it seems like I’ll never succeed?
You know, I am not wealthy, or well off, or middle class. I’m poor. I barely scrape by financially, but I always do scrape by. Much of this is due entirely to the teachings of Hermes. I do what I have to do to survive, and I make no apologies. I also help all those I can help, when I have the means. Be cutthroat– and be generous. This is what Hermes tells me. This philosophy sees that my children always have a roof over their heads, clothes on their backs, and food in their bellies. And honestly, that is all I’m asking for in this life. Everything else I have– my business, shrine space for Apollon– these are gifts from the Theoi, and I cherish them in my reverence for the Gods.
Hermes is very much a Brother to me, if we were to put our relationship into familial terms. But He’s not the overbearing type of Brother that Apollon can be. Hermes is very chill, very humorous when we’re together. Of course, He can and does get His point across with strong words when He has to. I am notoriously stubborn and don’t like to do what I’m told. But, as I said before, I listen to Hermes, because He’s never been wrong when it came to the best way to accomplish a goal, or how to approach a situation.
So, for Hermes, I am grateful. I am grateful for the way He weaves His words, and persuades me without being harsh. I am grateful for the markers He places in the roads ahead of me, steering me down the correct paths. I am grateful for His kindness, His humor, and His company. And most of all, I am grateful for His commitment to our bond, because through it, I am able to handle my business and provide for my children.