As Freemasons, we're told we should use the working tools of the Craft to better our psyche. That's literally what we do. That's what those tools tell us to do and it's how we're supposed to use them. So, why don't we?
It's hard, that's why. Thinking different to change our realities is harder than it looks. A lot harder. Nevertheless here we are, celebrating a cosmic event that is sure to happen, whether humans are here or not. This pile of rock, dirt, water and stardust is going to circle the sun, one way or another. I've seen a lot of posts over the last week, particularly on social meme-ia, err..media regarding new years resolutions. Some joking about our failures of last year and others dropping the truth, plain as day.
You didn't have to wait until the new year to start a change for the better. Hell, Erik Marks told us just last week, we get a fresh start every second we're here. But if the arbitrary cosmic marker of another year around the flaming fusion reactor is what it takes, then let's get on it.
Todd E. Creason said on a post just recently that he finished writing his resolutions for 2020. He said, "Same as last year, I just changed the date." People laughed, and I'm sure Todd laughed too. But the truth is, there's just nothing wrong with having those same resolutions.
You ever hear your coach, or your teacher say, "Yep! You got it. Now do it again, only better this time." Well, I have. Let's be Freemasons. Let's be smarter, be nicer, be more logical, more civil, and let's read more. Let's all pretend we're running for political office when we decide to post something on social media...you get my drift? Let's do one more trash clean up day, give one more dollar, do one more push up. Whatever it is, you can do it. We can do it together.
Happy New Year, everyone!
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 Theatrewhich 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.