July 2013 Regional Orient Membership Ambassador Message

posted May 27, 2015, 2:21 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 27, 2015, 2:21 PM ]
The phrase "To err is human" is as true today as when it was penned by English poet Alexander Pope in the 18th century. When we make mistakes, we are each reminded that we are not perfect. Yet, error is a vital part of how we learn to change. Furthermore, when we recognize how we think and feel about our mistakes, we learn more about who we really are.
When we err, we need to have the self-confidence and honesty to admit our mistakes, rather than blaming others, rationalizing our errors or denying them. We should take responsibility for our actions - mistakes included - and not shrug them off. We must also learn to forgive ourselves and use our mistakes as opportunities to learn and grow. 
As we learn to practice acceptance of and grow from our mistakes, we should help our fellow Scottish Rite Masons to do the same. When a Brother errs, we can model kindness, compassion and forgiveness. We can be slow to anger and do our best to counsel our Brothers privately, rather than publicly correcting, reprimanding or embarrassing them. 
As Scottish Rite Masons we need to remember that each of us is on a lifelong journey of self-discovery to become a better man. Words to live by:
"All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride." - Sophocles

Durward C. Ayre 32° KCCH, MC,  
Regional Orient Membership Ambassador for the Valleys of San Jose, Fresno and San Francisco in California