The vaccine rollout in the battle against COVID-19 is picking up pace so let's not be too restless. Perhaps now is the time to pause and be thankful for what is surely important in our lives, our loved ones, families brethren , friends and colleagues. Probably most of us in the Scottish Craft have mourned for someone who has passed away during the past year, not necessarily from the virus. Once they have departed, it's too late for the kind word or deed you had been meaning to impart to them. Our Chaplain, this month, infers that presently we should use our time wisely.
Think about it.
Brother Andrew Mushet,
Provincial Grand Master of Glasgow
Sometimes change doesn’t come quick enough and perhaps you’re feeling that a little just now as lockdown drags on. I’ve had some thoughts recently about this due to the frustration and impatience I’ve been feeling over the way life is these days. I thought a wee bit about the origins of my journey in Freemasonry and it perhaps gives context to this. My mother lodge is in the UGLE. At the time of my joining the lodge met once a month, still had a summer recess and candidates only went through a degree one at a time. I was also one of a crop of three so by the time we all became MM’s over a year had passed – a lesson in patience in itself. However that’s not the point I’m trying to make here although it is a good one. The point I’m trying to make is that throughout that period I was afforded the time to reflect on and to gain insight into every degree as I passed through it. The journey was more of an education than something that passed in a blur. Maybe that’s where we are now – in an educational experience; presented with an opportunity to learn? We’ve had to learn to do many things differently – even old reliable money has become old fashioned in our emerging contactless click and collect world. I’ve learned recently that impatience can drive us towards the foolish so it’s really important that we use time to reflect and take stock. I know it’s not easy but if we can we need to try to enjoy the journey and to benefit from it. For ourselves, our families, our community and our fellow brethren. Go canny and keep safe.
Brother Rev. Robert Craig,
Provincial Grand Chaplain of Glasgow