During this period of quarantine, I, along with all of you, have spent much more time with my family at home. I never realized how busy I was and how often I wasn’t home due to work, errands, kids’ practice’s, etc. until this pandemic started. It has allowed me the opportunity to sit back and reflect on some of the lessons and tools we use every day. We are all familiar with the working tools of a Mason. We are told of them and their significance and how to use them in making ourselves better men. I have always thought that I have become a better man since employing the lessons obtained in my Masonic journey, but never realized how much more I could improve.
We are all rough ashlars, constantly employing the lessons we have learned to slowly chisel away the imperfections and become better, squarer, than before. I have found that my use of the twenty-four-inch gauge and dividing my time equally amongst work, family, and charity was severely flawed. I spent more time working and running errands than I did at home. Having two young children, four and two, I have realized that I have one chance to watch my children grow, one chance to get this right and be the best father I can be to them. They deserve the work I need to put in to make myself the best I can. This has made me use my time more productively and wisely. I will always be a Fellowcraft seeking to constantly learn and adapt at becoming better at what I do.
Another tenet of our fraternity is Charity. Charity extends beyond what I have done in the past. Looking at it, I always took the “easy” way. I would give small donations of food or supplies to the food bank or animal rescues, which are critical, and much appreciated to what they do in the community. But my ability to GO and DO the charity work of passing out food and putting together boxes has just as much of an impact. Most of these groups are in severe need of volunteers to carry out their missions especially in these trying times. I’ve learned Charity doesn’t just extend to groups or organizations. Giving my time and resources to my neighbors and loved ones that need it is just as important.
Lastly, in the evening, when I am sitting outside having a cigar and beverage, I often wonder to myself if what I did today made someone’s troubles a little better or easier to manage and if I can improve upon that tomorrow.
“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives, and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.” – John Wayne
Stay safe and healthy in these trying times.
Master of Ceremonies
Miami Council, Princes of Jerusalem