Worshipful Master's Voice - November Issue 2017
We all are very different, from the smallest DNA makeup to our appearances, as well as to our age, our professions and our status in the community. It is what makes us who we are as individuals and, yet, we find ourselves bound through our Masonic Obligations as Brothers in our Fraternity. All on the level, equal no matter who, what or where we come from. What a wonderful concept! One goal: to better one’s self as a man through our Masonic lessons and the application of such into our daily lives. We all share an opportunity for personal growth through Masonry.
I challenge each of you to examine your life’s journey, both prior to becoming a Mason and after you were Initiated, Passed and Raised into the Fraternity. Search for the good in each and dwell, for a moment, on the shortfalls you, as an individual, have encountered along the way. Then ask yourself, What can I apply thru my Masonic teachings to assist myself in overcoming some of my lesser accomplishments or hardships encountered on my journey. We all have the opportunity to better ourselves as men, husbands, neighbors and, yes, Brothers in our great Fraternity.
We each choose our path, and yes, some have a difficult path to travel. However, we all must make decisions along our life’s course. It is those decisions that measure who we are and who we will become as a man on our JOURNEY.
When I was graciously elected Worshipful Master of our Lodge, I said, “Let me be the same person when my year is done as I am now”. Those words were a way of assuring myself I would apply my knowledge, common sense, personality and who I am to the task of leading our Lodge. I have attempted to do just that in my year, but have found that I am not the same person who sat before you last December. My time as Worshipful Master has changed me. It has taken me on another path on my journey. At times, the path seemed undaunting and impossible and, yet, others times it appeared so clear, direct and easy to follow. What made it so was support of brethren and family I received along the way.
This is the last Masters Voice of my year and I would be remiss if I did not say “THANK YOU” for the opportunity and chance to grow as a person as I traveled yet another path on my life’s journey in serving our Mother Lodge. The experience was well worth the trip down the path and, though I am glad to see the end in sight, I am sure, in a short time, it will be missed. However, I will always have another fork in the road ahead, another decision to be made in the path of my Life’s Journey.
Frank R. Klapinski, WM