The Rough Ashlar

Thoughts from a Traveling Man

The Rough Ashlar - Thoughts from a Traveling Man

Back in the East; Learning to say, “No”

JUST SAY NO
People congratulated me last night after I was installed as worshipful master at Columbia Lodge No. 285. As much as I look forward to a great year and as honored as I feel about this, I have to wonder if I really simply do not learn well. I was at the Grand Encampment leadership development meeting a few months ago and our speaker/instructor said that the true lost word of a Master Mason was, “No.”

I think he was right. Many of us have a hard time saying no to things we believe in, whether a particular lodge or a charity, or helping a neighbor. As important as it is to say so sometimes, I also think it is important to say yes. By giving of ourselves, we reap great rewards, even if it does not always feel like it at the time. This is my third go-around as master of a lodge and I look forward to the challenge, but I also can see the road ahead and the end of commitments I have already made for various leadership positions. It is a great situation to be in.

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