Masonic Jewel

Dear Brothers,

I have been moving books from home to my office. (At home, they pile up and annoy my wife; at the office, they pile up and nobody has any say in the matter!) One of them was my copy of Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. This morning, it popped open to this: Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Just be one! (10.16)

I appreciate a good discussion, of course, but there’s something to be said for simply following Nike’s advice: Just Do It!

In my line of work, I often talk with people who lament the fact they aren’t the kind of people they think they “ought” to be or the kind of people they want to be. The former is less important to me (I have limited patience for all the “What I should have done…” ), but the latter matters to me greatly. This is true especially within our Brotherhood – we exist to become better men and make the world a better place.

Without those two things, Masonry has no raison d’être – no reason to exist.

As we embark on another calendar year, let us be reminded our Brotherhood is here to help each one of
us become “all that we can be.”

Grace and peace,
Tim TenClay, Secretary

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