Dr. John Maxwell in his book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, describes in the Law of Process, that becoming a leader cannot be accomplished by attending an event, a seminar or workshop. A leader develops himself by the deliberate practice of leadership education.
The same holds true for Masonry. The degrees are an event and will not make you a Mason. Only by a process of study, contemplation, and practice will Masonry change you and you Become Masonry.
We began the 365aMason weekly email series with this thought in mind. If you haven’t yet subscribed, here is the link to do so.
Also, your lodge should be providing an educational process to assist you in your Masonic journey. Here is a presentation, filmed at my lodge, from RWB Dan Hrinko that outlines what that process should contain. This will be well worth your time if you are interested in improving Masonic education in your lodge.
To develop yourself to become a Mason requires a process of practice. The Stoic philosopher Epictetus said this:
“That’s why the philosophers warn us not to be satisfied with mere learning, but to add practice and then training. For as time passes, we forget what we learned and end up doing the opposite, and hold opinions the opposite of what we should.”
Unless we use the tools and lessons of Masonry, we will forget what we learned.