From the Wise Master (May, 2009)

posted May 15, 2015, 1:12 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 15, 2015, 1:13 PM ]

Brethren,

We are, all of us, as one in our desire to serve and also in our need to be heard. What I mean by this is that as a fraternity or brotherhood of like thinking men, sons, brothers, and fathers, looking to serve others, we sometimes lose sight of our own needs.
In these very tough times we need to not only think of others and each other, but also of ourselves. Sometimes in our desire to help others, we might forget that we, and our brothers, might be in need of help.
Remember that when we get on an airplane, at the end of preflight instructions we are reminded that in case of an emergency an oxygen mask may drop in front of us and we are reminded by the attendant to place the oxygen mask on ourselves before attempting to help others. The reason for this is that without oxygen we will loose consciousness and then will be of no help to those around us. The oxygen mask, my brethren, that we need to put on is that of the attentive ear. By this I’m suggesting that we may be reaching out without realizing it. And likewise it may be necessary to force yourself to ask for help or maybe just have someone simply to listen to us.
My greatest reason for presenting this message is knowing that a great percentage of our membership is either self employed, possibly recently laid off, or on a fixed income who might have recently been affected by the downward trend in the stock market. Also among that number are a group of men who were taught to be self-sufficient and not complain, which may prevent them from even discussing such problems. This is where we as brothers should lend a hand when necessary and be ever respectful to all.

Fraternally,
Monte Bishop — Wise Master
See you all in lodge!