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.
“Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition”
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.
Being a servant leader doesn’t mean you have to say yes every time someone asks for your assistance. Some people however, being hard-wired to say yes, find it difficult to say no even to the point of feeling guilty when they do.
Scott Ginsberg, the Nametag Guy, wrote in an article entitled How to Keep Backbone Engaged, said, “Sometimes, you have to be willing to hold a courageous conversation to reinforce your boundaries.” He goes on to say if you don’t “otherwise your life is no longer your own.”
Scott’s advice to “reinforce your boundaries” becomes particularly important and particularly difficult when serving a volunteer organization that you are extremely passionate about. Your desire to see that the organization succeeds sometimes makes you commit yourself to tasks you really didn’t want to do. This is especially true when no one else has stepped up to the plate and you don’t want to see the organization fail.
Once you know why you are involved and what interests you the most, make sure you perform as a true servant leader; caring, giving and performing.