From the Station of the Leading Knight
As the Leading Knight, I dedicated this year to write about Polite Society. I highlighted a few members, but too many went unmentioned. This being my last Leading Knight article, I struggle to find the right words. I struggle because there are so many people to write about that it is difficult to condense it in a short article and I don’t want to leave anyone out.
Instead, I thought the last article would be about the collective. I am proud that so many people have embraced the philosophy of Polite Society. As this fraternal year ends, I reflect on who we are as a group. Our Lodge is a great fraternal family. The kindness and support we have for each other has been amazing. When one of us falls, there is always someone to help pick us up.
Life is about making the right choices. Conflict is evitable, as 100% of the people are not going to agree 100% of the time. Conflict is not a problem; it is how we handle the conflict that matters. We all need guidance from time to time. None of us are perfect. I too make mistakes. Sometimes my emotions may get the best of me, but there is always someone near to right my behavior. We are human and we will err, but we must forgive. As ritual states “our whole influence in life is determined by the good deeds we do, rather than by the emotions we feel”.
When I look back, I realize that our Lodge embraces the ideals of a Polite Society. Our fraternal family has made a conscious decision to socialize with class and dignity. There will always be a few that will choose to act out, but as a collective, we have made our lodge a place to be proud of. Thank you all for your kindness.
When I look forward, I see our lodge as a safe haven of love and respect. As we continue being a Polite Society, we will grow in numbers. We all seek love and comfort. It is basic and essential need as a human being. We want to care and we want others to care for us. As a Polite Society, people will naturally gravitate to us.
The challenge for next year is to spread our Polite Society outside of our Lodge and into the community. Next year I hope to help be a part of coordinated effort in random acts of kindness. Let us spread our benevolence into the community. In our lives, we get back what we put out. Please remember that a just society is a Polite Society.
John Aube’, Esteemed Leading Knight
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