Greetings From the East Brethren!
We are three quarters of the way through the year! Have you achieved the items you set out for yourself at the beginning of the year? Now is the time to re-engage and make sure you finish the year strong!
This time of year is a natural transitional period, with crops coming to an end and the days becoming shorter.Take note of the time and use your days well. Close the things that need to be closed and prepare for the winter ahead!
For those of you who don't know, Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year. October, generally, is a busy time of the year for us with two birthdays, the holiday and any new decorations we decide to buy for the house.
For generations, it has been a tradition in my family to create the scariest landscapes in our yard we can muster. From a young age, I can remember my grandma's house scaring kids throughout the neighborhood and kids being scared to even try for candy at the door (back when that was good ol fun!). My aunts and uncles have done the same and now with my children, I am attempting to fill big shoes! These are traditions I will pass along to my children and, if they find value in them, I hope they will share them with their children.
This tradition, like our tradition, exists because of its value. We find it valuable to spend time together, think in new ways and collaborate on a project we will ultimately be proud of. Very similar to masonry as a tradition in principle. We spend time together, teach each other to think in new ways and collaborate on projects. This is the value we find in Masonry and the value others will find in our fraternity as well.
"Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, doubting dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before…" - Edgar Allan Poe
Michael Martinez, WM