Last week, our founder, Todd E. Creason wrote a piece concerning "burnout" in our Craft. In it he boiled a lot of what was happening to him and loosing steam to a lack of personal input. We give and give but we forget to recharge our brains and consciousness with new information. This keeps us engaged, interested etc. You can read it HERE.
After I read that piece, I went back to my bookshelf and pulled the two last things I was reading, a highlighter and a Staedler. I din't open the texts to where I left off. Instead, I went back to page 1. Why? Because I now have new insights that may play out differently while going through the texts.
My current reading list is too long to put out, but the two texts that I'm using as input are my BOTA texts, starting back at lesson number 1, and the Bhagavad Gita. Each chapter of each of these books is allowing me to re-access the information I gleaned before but now with this one difference...an additional point raised above...Well, you get the picture. As time progresses, we get new experiences and perspectives. A refresher in literature that you read so long ago may yield whole new concepts!
And boy has it ever. A current article I am working on for the Illinois Lodge of Research, will be the Lessons of the Bhagavad Gita and their correlations with Freemasonry.
What are you reading? Re-reading? What have you learned through further examination?
Cheers to you Brothers! Happy Friday!
RWB, Robert Johnson is the Managing Editor of the Midnight Freemasons blog. He is a Freemason out of the 2nd N.E. District of Illinois. He currently serves as the Secretary of Spes Novum Lodge No. 1183. He is a Past Master of Waukegan Lodge 78 and a Past District Deputy Grand Master for the 1st N.E. District of Illinois. Brother Johnson currently produces and hosts weekly Podcasts (internet radio programs) Whence Came You? & Masonic Radio Theatre which focus on topics relating to Freemasonry. He is also a co-host of The Masonic Roundtable, a Masonic talk show. He is a husband and father of four, works full time in the executive medical industry. He is the co-author of "It's Business Time - Adapting a Corporate Path for Freemasonry" and is currently working on a book of Masonic essays and one on Occult Anatomy to be released soon.