In this case one picture is worth more than a thousand words!
I was looking for reference material on building a vision to use in a presentation and ran across a copy of The Grand Lodge of Indiana’s mission statement. I thought it captured the essence of Masonry and in such a short statement outlines the mission we all should adopt. Here it is:
Mission Statement of The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Indiana
adopted May 17, 2005
“The Mission of the Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons, was, is and shall be, to teach the art of Freemasonry to all Men of Good Character thus inspiring them to practice the art of Freemasonry in their homes, communities and daily lives. This Association of like minded men improves and strengthens the character of each Brother, reflecting Freemasonry and thereby perpetuating the values through the Fraternity.”
The Grand Lodge also further defines Masonry in their Declaration of Principles. Click here to read it.
We would all do well if we accepted these statements and lived them.
There has been building for some time in a great number of organizations a momentous catastrophe that if not acknowledged and acted upon will have devastating results.
This event, a Leadership Cliff, will occur in these organizations because effective leaders are not being created throughout their entire organization. Ultimately, over time, this will cause a decline in purposeful intent and productive action that eventually will lead to organizational apathy.
Properly select individuals with the proper qualifications to lead
Properly created a process of continuous leadership education
Recognize the importance of creating leaders not followers
Maintain an atmosphere where creative and innovative leaders can thrive
Realize the importance of a shared, inspiring vision
Create effective teams
Understand a sense of urgency exists
Remember what they believe
Practice what they believe
Our lives are the sum total of the choices we make and the things we do each day. That’s why I’ve developed my checklist for a successful day. I’ll share it with you in the hope, that this will become a check list that you will use for making every day, extraordinary.
If you can answer yes to most of these questions, you have created a day of uncommon success.
“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.” L.P. Jacks
If you want some more ideas for lodge programming here is a link to some on The Grand Lodge of Michigan’ site.
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” John Lennon
If we all take the advice of John Lennon’s mom we will have a great start at being a happy person. She obviously understood that your life’s direction should begin with a healthy, positive attitude that starts with being happy.
Think about it. If you approach life with drudgery, despair and think only of your problems you will more than likely approach Masonry with the same attitude. So despite the how well you know HOW you should act as a Mason, you will not because your general attitude about life is one of unhappiness.
Start and live your day with happiness. Here are some suggestions:
Make happiness a habit and you will be a happy Mason.