Thursday, November 15, 2012

Freemason Wisdom: Benjamin Franklin On Life

"Many people die at twenty-five and aren't buried until they are seventy-five."

~Benjamin Franklin
St. John's Lodge, PA

I'm sure you've heard it said before, that life is measured in the dash.  There are only two significant dates in a person's life--their birth and their death.  We diligently record those dates on our final marker--that bit of stone that stands in the local cemetery and reminds people that we were once here.  

But the true story isn't in those two numbers, but in that little dash between that represents our life.  Our mortal remains are going to spend a lot more time in that cemetery than they are here amongst the living.  As Franklin knew, it's important not to waste the time you have because it goes quickly.  In the end, it's not the things we've done that we most often regret.  It's the things we haven't done.


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