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An Attitude of Gratitude | Happy Thanksgiving Day

An Attitude of Gratitude Imagine this: You are approaching the door of a business and notice that someone is walking in close proximity behind you. You recognize that they are going to enter the establishment as well; therefore, you politely hold open the door to let them in before you. Now, imagine that as the people are entering the building they don't say "thank you" or even acknowledge your kind gesture. How would that make you feel? I would venture to say that the rude behavior from that person walking into the building might surprise you, disappoint you or even anger you. One of the first lessons we receive from our parents is to say Please and Thank you. When...

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It's your Temple, keep it well...

I have two little children and whenever we go to our favorite supermarket, we have a ritual that we practice almost every time. If I forget about it, the children will certainly remind me. At Publix, which is a wonderful supermarket chain here in Florida, they have a scale to weigh yourself near the exit. It's not one of those fancy digital scales, it's one of those elegant ones with the giant dial on the front and the needle that speeds up to the number of shame (or pride if you have been behaving well). I am writing this shortly after the Holiday season and of course you can imagine that the sight of that needle approaching my all-time highest...

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Why we meet

When was the last time that you went to Lodge? Why should we even meet after receiving the Degrees? Here is an eloquent explanation of the importance of attending Lodge meetings and making yourself available to your Brothers. The following paper was created for a live presentation in Lodge by Bro:. Matthew J. Taheri of Paumanok Port Washington Lodge No. 855 F. & A.M., New York. My Brothers, This weeks paper relates to something many of us have thought about frequently. Why do we meet in Lodge, even after we have received the Degrees. While there are many reasons, I think that the simplest is truly the most important. We often use the allegory of building our temple, from the...

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TWS 014 New Year Revolution: Rethinking The New Year's Resolutions.

Imagine traveling through space at 67,000 miles per hour. That is how fast this pale blue dot is traveling through space, making its yearly orbit around the sun. We all get very excited about the end of one year and the beginning of another. But, do we ever stop to think what this really means? It is very likely that you, along with millions of people around the world, have considered which things you can change in your life this upcoming year. In this episode of The Winding Stairs, we discuss the relationship between the "REVOLUTION" of Planet Earth around the Sun and our "Resolve" to improve our life. Are New Year Resolutions really worth it? If you make some,...

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