Freemason Wisdom: Benjamin Franklin On Patience

by Midnight Freemasons Contributor
Judy Gordon 

Reggie--volunteers as a therapy dog

“He that can have patience,
 can have what he will.”

~Benjamin Franklin


Job's Daughters have been taught from the very beginning that "patience is a virtues for which we should all strive."  However, not everyone has patience.

For instance--the very spoiled dog that we have does not have any patience.  He lives for the moment.  He has a favorite toy that we call "angry bird."  It makes noise and he loves it, but he will make sure no one else can have it.  One day I noticed the stuffing was coming out of the bird, so I performed surgery.  Reggie couldn't wait to get it back.  While I was sewing, he was crying.  After the surgery was complete, he took it and was happy again.

Reggie isn't that unlike many people I know. We live in microwave society. We want things instantly, and when we don't get what we want as quickly as we might like, we aren't shy about showing it.  But patience is a virtue.

Is there an area in your life where your impatience shows?  Are there things you have a difficult time waiting for?  Perhaps it's time to learn a little more patience . . .  


Judy Gordon considers herself a York Rite Child. She's very active in Job's Daughters. She's the Past Honored Queen, and Bethel Guardian of Bethel No. 55, Pekin (IL). She received the Cryptic Masons Masonic Youth Leadership Award along with her husband, Ray Gordon in July 2007. She's also Past Matron of the Morton Chapter No. 974 (IL) of the Order of the Eastern Star and Historian of the Emblem Club No. 424 of Pekin (IL) Ray and Judy have two (soon to be three) grandkids, and a very spoiled dog, Reggie (who incidentally volunteers as a Therapy Dog at local hospitals and nursing homes.)

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