|former swim suit model|
"A lot of people look up to me . . . probably because I'm so tall."
~The Illustrious William J. Hussey, Jr., 33°
Valley of Danville (IL)
I had a tough time selecting the quote this week--this is just one of many stunning quotes I have collected from this insightful man over the last five or six years. I've been lucky, as his official biographer, I've had both the access, and the opportunity to watch him work. Being around him must be like it was watching Einstein at the chalkboard, or Sherlock Holmes interviewing a client, or watching the first time Elmer finally deduced "Hey, wait a minute, dat was the wabbit!"
But seriously, I've met a lot of interesting people since I've become a Freemason, but by far one of the most interesting is the Illustrious William J. Hussey, Jr., 33°. It seems to be the goal of Bro. Hussey to remind us that although the work we do as Freemasons is very important, there is nothing wrong with having a little fun along the way. He's an individual that always brings something of himself into everything he's involved in--and what he brings into everything he does is entertainment.
|Jake and Elroy burst into the reception unannounced|
|Is that Marty Feldman? Or The Midnight Freemason?|
The Midnight Freemason is too smart to get dragged
into Hussey chaos. Right? Lets just go with that, okay?
One thing about Freemasonry that few talk about is that we all bring something unique to our fraternity. We all get the opportunity to offer something of ourselves to it. One of the first conversations I had with Bill Hussey wasn't that long after I became a Master Mason--I joined the Scottish Rite a couple months after I was raised a Master Mason. He corrected me on a misconception I had about the fraternity. I'd been told several times that I'd get out of Freemasonry what I put into it--in some ways that is true. But Bill had a different take on it, and one that worked much better for me. He told me early on, that Freemasonry is what I made of it.
Freemasonry isn't a pre-defined path we follow--it's a journey. It's personal. We follow our own path, and when we're willing to offer something unique, we get something unique out of it. When we're willing to say yes, rather than no, it's remarkable the places that we can go (that almost sounded like Dr. Seuss). It's not the same for everyone, and we don't get the same things out of it. Bill was absolutely right. It is what you make it.