From the Wise Master (August, 2013)

posted May 27, 2015, 5:53 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 27, 2015, 5:55 PM ]

Greetings!

It’s hard to believe I’m already writing my August article.  August is considered the last month of summer.  I hope all of you enjoyed a nice summer and have some amazing stories to tell.  This year is going by very quickly...and what a pleasure it is to serve the Scottish Rite bodies.  Thanks to all of you for the support you provide.  
Scottish Rite couldn’t do all it does without the combined efforts of so many.  
Speaking of combined efforts, my sincere thanks go out to all of you that worked so hard to make our Grand Master’s Reception this past month such a success.  We had a great turn out and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.  There’s nothing like good food, good fellowship, and a well-executed event to make an evening pleasurable.
This last month I had cataract surgery on my right eye.  Thanks for all the positive thoughts and prayers.  It went really well and I can’t wait to get the left eye done.  I can see things so much more clearly (and colors are brighter too).  I didn’t realize what I was missing until I was able to experience it the way it should be.  So it is with those of you who haven’t been to Scottish Rite in awhile.  You may not realize how much you’ve been missing.  So, I’m inviting you to come down and re-engage, meet some of our newer brethren, and be reminded of how much better it can be for you and for us with your presence!  Get into the habit of attending.  Samuel Jackson once said, “The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”  Let’s strengthen the chain.  And don’t forget to make a reservation for dinner.  This time it’s a barbeque and the dress is informal.
Lastly, I want to share some “thank you” reminders:
Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings, I am thankful that I can hear. There are many who are deaf.
Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as possible, I am thankful that I can see. Many are blind.
Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising, I am thankful that I have the strength to rise. There are many who are bedridden.
Even though the first hour of my day is hectic, when socks are lost, toast is burned and tempers are short, my children are so loud, I am thankful for my family. There are many who are lonely.
Even though our breakfast table never looks like the pictures in magazines and the menu is at times unbalanced, I am thankful for the food we have. There are many who are hungry.
Even though the routine of my job often is monotonous, I am thankful for the opportunity to work. There are many who have no job.
Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day and wish my circumstances were not so modest, I am thankful for life!
A friend is someone to treasure. For friendship is a gift. A friend is someone who fills our lives with beauty, joy and grace and makes the world we live in a better and happier place.  Friends like we can find in our gentle craft.  Join us.  See you at our next meeting!

Bud Ramsey - Wise Master- Chapter of Rose Croix