Your Mission should you agree to accept it

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.

Have a Great Masonic Day!

I Didn’t Believe This When I Heard It!

 

“Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition”

Abraham Lincoln

Last night I was at a gathering and sat next to someone who had recently attended the state annual meeting of one of the Masonic related ladies’ organizations. He told me it took; now get ready for this, SIX HOURS for Introductions.

Now I don’t know about you, but even if the room was filled with former US Presidents, foreign dignitaries, and iconic rock stars, sitting on your butt for six hours while they are introduced and allowed to make comments is cruel and unusual punishment.

Real leaders understand that the most important people in the room are those they are attempting to lead. Titles have no importance so taking time to introduce the Past Assistant Chairman Pro-Tem for Making Sure We Have Refreshments At Every Meeting person is just plain wrong.

Leaders understand that their title just gives them some immediate recognition which allows them to begin the process of proving themselves as leaders.

Leaders begin to connect to form positive relationships, they inspire and build teams, they demonstrate their worth by producing action, they identify and mentor other leaders and many leaders do all of this without a title.

Real leaders don’t need to be introduced, they are already known.

Have a Great Masonic Day!

Where’s the Masonry?

Remember Wendy’s successful ad campaign from a number of years ago; Where’s the Beef? An elderly lady is shown opening her hamburger from another fast food chain and discovering a dinky little piece of meat.

Think about this ad and then think about Masonry.
Have we promised more than we are delivering? Will our new Master Masons come to our meetings and exclaim, “Where’s the Masonry?”

Cliff Porter wrote an article “Value Meal Masonry” that says Masonry shouldn’t be quicker, cheaper or easier.  Read it here. If it is delivered in this manner we may find brothers asking where is the Masonry.

Stephen Dafoe covered the subject in his presentation of “Restaurant at the End of the Masonic Universe.”
Is your Lodge promising one thing and then delivering another? Think about it.

Have a Great Masonic Day!

Why I’m glad I didn’t win the Mega Millions jackpot

I’m not a regular lottery ticket buyer but yes I got sucked into the frenzy of the latest huge jackpot. I had a winning scratch off ticket from a batch my wife gave me as a birthday present so I spent half of it on the ticket you see here. As you can see I didn’t even come close.

I’m glad I didn’t win because I would have been forced to do some things with the money that potentially would have made me not too proud of myself. It has been said that money cannot buy happiness, but if you had more than you would ever need, it can certainly help get rid of some irritating things you encounter in life.

Here is a list of things that really grate on me and how I would have used the lottery winnings to get rid of them:

  1.  Getting rid of people who just don’t like their jobs – after hearing from friends about several instances this past week where they encountered poor customer service from people who shouldn’t been hired in the first place, I would use some lottery winnings to buy the companies they work for, fire these people and hire people who care.
  2. Getting rid of idiot drivers  – I would make a large donation to the police departments in my area to fund a traffic enforcement taskforce and their sole purpose would be to ticket drivers who:
    1. Run red lights
    2. Drive fast and erratically
    3. Text and drive
    4. Tailgate
    5. Drive will drunk
  3. Getting rid of people with poor attitudes – This potentially could be a tall order and I might need some help on coming up with the best method. One might be to offer these people a large cash bonus and a one-way ticket to a large island I purchase in the middle of the ocean somewhere.
  4. Getting rid of irritating celebrities who always seem to be in trouble – offer the public cash not to go to their movies, watch their reality shows, and cash to the news media not to write about them, take their pictures or give them a platform to air their unintelligent views.

I’ve just noticed that a pattern has emerged about what irritates me; people. Oops, that’s not good for someone who has written the past three years encouraging leaders to build strong positive relationships with people.

So maybe I should end by taking the high road. That means I have to change the title of this post to; “I wish I had won Mega Millions so I could use the money to help those who are irritating and need help.” Or something similar to that.

Since I didn’t win I’ll just follow Mother Teresa’s profound formula for living:

  •  People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; forgive them anyway.
  •  If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway.
  •  If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true friends; succeed anyway.
  •  If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway.
  •  What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build anyway.
  •  If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; be happy anyway.
  •  The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway.
  •  Give the world your best anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.

Have a Great Masonic Day!