The Impact of Taking Your Values to Work

by Midnight Freemasons Contributor
R.H. Johnson 32°

I sometimes wonder how different my work ethic would be if I did not take the values of Freemasonry to work with me. I look back to before I was a Brother, a mere six years ago and ask myself, do I like who I remember? Probably not as much as I would hope to. 

Don't be this guy
The values I took and continue to take from the Craft are seemingly infinite. When you think about it, there really is not one choice I make in a day that Freemasonry  doesn’t impact in some way. It’s like a little reminder in the back of my brain, always there, always poking me and saying “Hey, are you sure you want to go about it that way?” whenever I have to make a questionable judgment call. It’s like a mother-in-law guilt trip, joking of course. 

But in all seriousness, when a difficult situation arises those values just seem to come through and it shows. You see, my “day job” is in safety in the workplace. Although I am not a manager, I seem receive more respect from employees than many. Those same employees come to talk to me in place of the human resources department for advice, family issues and anything else and I believe its because I am able to keep secrets and offer advice which is safe, truthful and meaningful. 

And where did I learn to do this? Well at the place all Masons are first prepared to become  a Mason. In my heart, but those qualities were absolutely refined in the lodge room. 

My supervisors all know my lodge schedule, they don't interfere with it either. They know, that to me, it’s my “church”. They know that I am a charitable man, a good man, a powerful man (in the sense of the examples I set in honesty and integrity in the work place), and above all a rich man, not with money of course. The richness that comes from family, friends, neighbors, Brothers, Fellows and life itself. 

A square deal.
There are times I catch co-workers staring when I have a conversation with a well off client. They see me talking and laughing with them, shaking hands and even hugging some of them. After the client leaves my supervisors would say, “How do you know that guy?” And I simply say “He’s one of my Brothers”. 

At the end of the day, I can say that Freemasonry lends itself to a professional and meaningful experience in the work place. There is an  an excerpt, the phrase “Plain dealings  distinguish us” which shows that we are men of truth, that there are no hidden objectives, in other words, no manure, or whatever other colorful word you choose to use. 

These virtues which we are taught and employ don’t stop at the threshold of ANY door, especially the work place. Freemasonry is not just a weekly meeting, it’s a way of life, and so you should employ it for everything contained within your life.

~Bro. R.H. Johnson 32°

Sir Knight Robert Johnson, 32° is the editor of the Midnight Freemasons blog.  He is a Freemason out of the First North-East District of Illinois. He belongs to Waukegan Lodge No. 78. He is also a member of the York Rite bodies Royal Arch, Cryptic Council and Knights Templar, and a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Chicago.  Brother Johnson currently produces and hosts a weekly Podcast (internet radio program) Whence Came You? which focuses on topics relating to Freemasonry. In addition, he produces video shorts focusing on driving interest in the Fraternity and writes original Masonic papers from time to time. He is a husband and father of three. He works full time in the safety industry and is also a photographer on the side as well as an avid home brewer. He is also working on two books, one is of a Masonic nature.

1 comment:

  1. New on a consulting assignment, I saw a car in the lot with Masonic plates, "BRTHR." I didn't know anyone at the company yet and kind of made a game of trying to figure out who he was. Eventually I was able to do so just by the kind of guy he was. You are correct... actions sometimes speak louder than words.


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