When we join Freemasonry, most of us did it for the opportunity to improve ourselves. You have probably heard the claim made by some Masonic Organizations "We make good men better" and it is quite attractive, but one thing we insist in ignoring is, the word "Self" in Self-Improvement.
Yes, Freemasonry contains lessons that have been passed from generation to generation, making Men around the world better. However, this improvement must begin from within; From a genuine desire to acquire new knowledge and the desire to help others in the process.
What good is it to attend a Stated Meeting, and leave feeling exactly the same as when you walked in. Although fellowship before and after the meeting is irreplaceable, we can do a better job at imparting knowledge on our Brethren. Instead of just going through the motions of the meeting, with a tolerant attitude, let us become energized and share some bits of Light with the Brothers. If you read something the night before that you found helpful, would it not be helpful to your Brethren? Of course it will! Take the initiative to offer your contribution to the W:.M:. and ask to share it with the Brothers.
Attending the meeting is not enough, we have to become active participants of this great organization, which can do great things when its members are actively contributing. Just Listening to the meeting minutes is not enough to help you grow. Masonic Education must play an integral role in the meeting's agenda.
So, I encourage everyone to join me in taking one of those Masonic books from the bookshelf. Dust it off a bit and begin to rekindle a burning desire for Light. Knowledge attracts knowledge. Therefore, if we do a little to improve our minds today, we will be better men tomorrow, which is the reason we joined this great fraternity after all.
"Improve thyself and through instructive tongues, inspire others to follow"