MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - July 2020 Musings
|July is the seventh month of the year and the second month of summer. It was named in honour of Julius Caesar, it being the month of his birth. “Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to help make others so.” Robert Ingersoll|
Summer is here and I hope you and your families are safe and enjoying time at the lake, camping or whatever the summer brings to you. This has been a year like no other but we will soldier on, adjust and make the best of it. This temporary slowdown gives you an opportunity to reflect on yourself, and also gives us as a fraternity an opportunity to work on objectives that we have not been able to implement because of the usual Masonic time constraints.
This is a perfect time for lodges to work on their long term plans, programs and objectives. I would encourage lodges to maintain contact with all the brethren, and to host social activities, virtual or otherwise, as the Saskatchewan Health Authority guidelines allow. Be sure to host activities that can include those members who are not comfortable with attending gatherings at this time. Send out notices even if you have no meetings. For those lodges with candidates, it is also a perfect time to do an extensive investigation for the benefit of the candidates and the lodge. I will be issuing guidelines and protocols this month for lodges to follow when we return to tyled meetings. I would suggest that lodges meet only if circumstances require it to conduct necessary business. Remember it is not the lodge building itself but the brethren who make the lodge. A harmonious active lodge is a happy lodge. My theme for the year is “Dispensing Light through Happiness.” If you are happy, you inadvertently make those around you happy. Happiness contributes to healthiness whereas selfishness brings penalties and depression. Service to others brings rewards and happiness. Take time to help a Brother, neighbor or someone in your community. Be sure to take time for yourself. If you are not healthy and happy you cannot extend health and happiness to others.
I found this item in the book Tied to Masonic Apron Strings by Stewart M.L. Pollard
10 Keys to “Better Brotherhood”
- Speak to your Brothers. There is nothing as heart-warming as a cheerful word of greeting.
- Smile. It takes 72 muscles to frown--- only 14 to smile.
- Call your Brothers by name. The sweetest music to anyone’s ears is the sound of his own name.
- Be friendly. If you would have friends you must be friendly.
- Be cordial. Speak and act as if everything you do were a genuine pleasure.
- Be interested in people. You can like everybody if you try.
- Be generous with praise—cautious with criticism.
- Be considerate of the feelings of others. It will be appreciated.
- Be thoughtful of the opinions of others. There are three sides to a controversy-yours, the other
fellow’s, and the right one.
- Be ever ready to serve. What counts most in life is what we do for others.
(Valley of Trenton)
MW Bro. Dan Olmsted , Grand Master, 2020-2021