The Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca, in a letter to his friend Paulinus said this:
“It is not that we have a short space of time, but that we waste much of it. Life is long enough, and it has been given in sufficiently generous measure to allow the accomplishment of the very greatest things if the whole of it is well invested.”
How might you be wasting your time going to lodge? It could a number of ways, here are some:
- You enter lodge without thinking about why you are there. Read this
- You enter the lodge room and go to your favorite seat without using the time before the meeting to greet your Brothers; possibly learning something about them, hearing about a need they have, or maybe gaining new knowledge from them.
- You do not listen during the meeting. You check your phone for new tweets, text or email messages.
- During degree work you are more intent on making sure the words spoken are correct rather than listening for new insight and meaning.
- You are an officer or have a ritual part and cannot perform your lines without continual prompting.
- You are not properly dressed for the meeting, thus showing disrespect for the dignity of the fraternity.
Have you “well invested” the time you spend in lodge? It will be up to you to decide.