Amid these long and warm days of summer, I sincerely hope that you are finding the time to enjoy your families and the summer season as I look forward to seeing all of you when we reconvene in September. As we continue with the work of the Craft, I would like to remind you that we are still recruiting new Masons. In this issue of the Tressleboard, the guidelines are provided for clarification of the circumstances for the qualification of new prospects which I think that you will find very beneficial.
Something that is central to our Masonic principles of friendship and brotherly love is the concept and practice of KINDNESS. Keep in mind as you read this kindness is also known as GRACE. Among Masons, this concept of kindness is a normal aspect of how we relate to each other. However,on a monumental scale in the wider public domain, the practice and expression of kindness is all but non- existent -- Scouting has the right idea in "doing a good turn daily" but that gets lost as adulthood emerges. For kindness to occur, awareness or consideration must be present first. For example, we see a woman in the grocery store scream at her kids. We make a judgment on the woman, not the action. What we may not know is that she has been up the last three days in the hospital holding the hand of her mother as she passed away. What about the 18 year old junkie? Would we be aware of the fact that he was verely beaten by his father every day of his life from the age of three? These considerations are not the first things to come to mind when we have these experiences.
We Masons are always asking for "mo re light". So, I offer the concept of kindness as an expression of enlightenment. Try not to condemn the trivial act(s) but rather take a step back, allow space for light to shine through where grace can prevail, and consider that the act, not the person. When we do this, we then have no attachment Gudgment of the person) to the action. There is huge freedom in this. Try it!
Yours in the craft,