Reposted from 7/12/12
|The 24-Inch Gauge|
"No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any."
I work with a guy who asked me questions about the Fraternity several times. I know he's intrigued by it, and I think he'd make a very good Mason. So I gave him a petition, and several days later he returned it to me--blank. "I'm interested, but I just don't have time." I've heard that before. I've said that before. I just don't have time.
One symbol in Masonry I was most challenged with in the beginning was the 24-inch common gauge. It's a reminder of the importance of mastering the use of time. Looking at how I used (and wasted) my time was one of the first, and hardest, lessons I learned in Masonry. Once I realized how much time I was wasting, and learned to use time to my advantage, I realized I had more than enough--enough time to research and write 5 books in 7 years.
So make the time to do the things you want to do in life. You don't get a second chance at life, and it moves all too quickly. You can spend your life trying to get caught up, or you can learn to master the use of your time for the things that really matter. If you do that, you can live your life to the fullest--in the moment.
Todd E. Creason is an author and novelist whose work includes the award-winning non-fiction historical series Famous American Freemasons and the novels One Last Shot (2011) and A Shot After Midnight (2012). He's currently working on the third novel expected to be released in 2014. All of Todd E. Creason's books are sold at major online booksellers like Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble and are available for both Nook and Kindle.