Worshipful Master's Message September 2018

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Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness.
— Anne Frank

My Dear Brethren,

I hope this message finds you in high spirits.  As summer draws to its end and we ready ourselves for Lodge, it is my hope that the wisdom we share among ourselves finds an attentive ear.  Brother Benjamin Franklin once said "absence makes the heart fonder."  In that regard, while I’ve enjoyed the delights summer brings, I’m eager to see our brethren gather again.

Our symbols serve as a lasting reminder that regardless of circumstances, we remain obligated to exercise truth and charity.  Charity positively impacts all humanity whether we happen to interact with one or many.  When we are kind or giving to others we are kind and giving to ourselves.  All that is natural in the body consist only of positive emotions such as happiness, kindness and contentment.  Psychiatrists and psychologists have demonstrated employing thought measurement techniques that emotions such as anger, confusion, sadness and envy are, while natural, represent unhealthy emotions.  The work proves that our will power determines how we feel regardless of the circumstances.

There are some feelings considered to be the base emotions of our natural state of being.  These describe how we feel prior to the significant demands life challenges us with. These base emotions are happiness, kindness and contentment which is a collective feeling Dr. Wayne Dyer labeled "the calm".  My brethren, the takeaway here is that the Grand Artificer programmed us to thrive on love and learning; to feel happiness and demonstrate kindness; to feel wonder and experience peace.  You control how you feel since you choose your thoughts.  As we continue to grow masonically, it remains important to stay on target which is our natural course that embraces basic goodness inside us all.

Sincerely & Most Fraternally,

Nicholas B. DiDolce

Worshipful Master