With all this craziness we are experiencing we can look at the situation many ways. Good things have come of it, we know this because of the sacrifices made by so many selfless people. We can see the bad by simply looking at the unemployment numbers and the endless strain being put on food banks. Ultimately, we are still working through the unknown and we will be for the foreseeable future. All of these unknowns breed fear and fear of the unknown is powerful. The feeling of helplessness and lack of control in our own lives can be crippling if you allow it. 

Something I learned in another group is the serenity prayer: “God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference”. Simply put; If you can’t change it, you have to learn to accept it, getting mad or sad or disappointed won’t change that thing. Acceptance like forgiveness is not weakness but strength. A freeing power of the mind and God

Will our societal normals change coming out of all this? Absolutely,  but nobody really knows how much. Let’s hope that change is temporary and passes quickly as we find our new ”normal”. Chances are more people will work from home, have better hygiene and generally be better people by being aware of others, all of this will take time but we will survive. 

I’m grateful we will be resuming our Masonic work shortly, I truly miss it. Masonry and it’s teachings gives us vast libraries of useful knowledge, tools and hope to rely on in times of crisis. Along with the Volume of Sacred Law it gives us the very things we need to cope and help us understand what is going on around us. It gives us the fellowship of the Brotherhood and to many in the Valley of Dayton, a family too. In a time of darkness Masonry shines a bright light of hope. 

The next time this crazy world gets to you, pause, take a breath, count to five or ten, apply the serenity prayer and be grateful for everything you have. This too shall pass and someday this will all just be a memory. Hopefully, a memory that we have all learned something we needed to learn about ourselves.

WBro. Chris Moore 
Captain of the Guard 
Dayton Chapter Rose Croix