My Dear Brethren,
I hope May’s trestleboard finds you enjoying the beauty of spring and contemplating nature’s most visible signs of rebirth and renewal. As Freemasons, such introspections are linked directly to our degrees.
Many find the esoteric and exoteric aspects of Freemasonry to be both magnetic and fascinating. Although it’s widely assumed that members of our beloved fraternity share a common knowledge about our rituals and symbolism, time spent conversing with brethren near and far suggests just the opposite. Regardless of this evident bias, all that really matters is our personal growth and the shared tradition of constructing our inner temple. We must remain open to examining ideas and concepts from different perspectives which is a construct for self-improvement.
Perception is our reality. How we examine life directly impacts our perceptions. Our attitudes and focused attention play a key role which is why it is extremely important for us to make a conscious commitment to better ourselves. We instinctively know that life is sacred which demands us to exercise judicious behaviors. What and how we think will determine how we feel and ultimately how we act.
Marcus Aurelius is credited with having said “dwell on the beauty of life; watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” I hope that each of you choose a path that will be filled with joy and wonder.
Nicholas B. Di Dolce ∴