The Nine Virtues: Fertility
125 words min, 375 words max.
Adequate/Meets Criteria Requirements:
Subjective combined with objective approach [e.g., ["This is what it means (dictionary definition); this is what it means to me."]
Note: Dictionary definitions will not be included as part of the word count.
Dedicants may also include other virtues, if desired, and compare them to the nine.
Our Own Druidry: “Bounty of Mind, body and spirit involving creativity and industry, and appreciation of the physical and sensual, nurturing these qualities in others.”
The Merriam-Webster dictionary: “characterized by great resourcefulness of thought or imagination”
I have generally considered Fertility to be linked to procreation but reading the Our Own Druidry definition certainly did throw a new perspective on the word. In its procreative biological sense, fertility is literally responsible for all life on earth. This importance does make it a valuable virtue in the arsenal of ADF virtues for sure.
I was thankful that the ADF definition elaborated fertility in a number of ways; it opened my eyes to many different ways that fertility is experienced by all. A fertile mind is one that is rich with ideas and passion. Those with fertile minds share their gifts with those around them, enriching thought and ideas and which travel through the minds of others. A fertile mind is one that can lead, nurture, understand and use its ingenuity to adapt to an ever-changing world.
A fertile body can procreate and bring life to a living world. A fertile spirit can share its energy with the world and help it thrive and pulse with positive energy. Fertility is often associated with women and nurturing qualities but it is also a trait that encourages nurturing carefulness no matter the gender. To nurture is to take care of, to encourage and support. Having an open mind full of thoughts and ideas is something of importance to nurture within yourself and in others of all ages. Fertility causes us to grow, thrive, and shape our world and minds into something that is both beautiful and unique and can be shared with the mind, spirit and hearts of others.
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