In this week's Flourishing Thoughts our Provincial Grand Chaplain asks some questions of us, as we engage with the new ' normal '
Today's text Brethren reminded me that throughout our history we have adapted to the prevailing conditions of the time and war, pestilence, upheaval, in its many guises, has not diminished our Masonic principles. Brother Rev. Craig encourages us to persevere, be creative and we will surely overcome our present difficulties.
Provincial Grand Master of Glasgow
The other week the Provincial Benevolence Committee met on Zoom, not long before that the Commission did the same. I’ve attended “webinars” (online seminars), I’ve preached, taught and discussed all from the comfort of my own desk chair. A year ago I’d have told you that you’re mad if you even suggested in jest that this would be the pattern of life; a sort of detached community persevering to be a community, even when the world is stacked against it. That’s the thing, not the difficulties that surround us but the perseverance that overcomes them. I always remember the Clint Eastwood movie, Heartbreak Ridge and the famous line “improvise, adapt and overcome”. I think as a species humans have forgotten how to do that. I remember my granny gutting fish over the kitchen sink for dinner – my kids don’t know what to do with it unless Captain Birdseye is on the box and it’s covered in batter. For me one of the really positive things about the pandemic is the return to improving, adapting and overcoming. How often have you had to during lockdown? This is one of humanity’s greatest skills and in modernity we’ve let the power of this ingenuity slip – sometimes right out of sight. Brethren, I’m trying to build you up here; to prepare you for the new way ahead but not the way it was. I’m asking you to nurture this newly rediscovered old skill that’s in our lives once more and use it in your endeavours going forward. Be great again in your families, your lodges and your communities and keep yourselves safe. Remember, the future may not be ours personally but we all have a role to play in it.
Brother, Rev.Robert Craig,
Provincial Grand Chaplain of Glasgow