Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Freemason Wisdom: Voltaire On Appreciation

"Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well."
La Loge des Neuf Sœurs (The Lodge of Nine Sisters)
It's human nature to look at someone who is successful and be envious.  It's a far better thing to look at a person's success and try to learn something from it.  What qualities does he have that make him successful?  What skills does he possess that I could develop to a greater degree in myself?
I've always said that what I've gotten the most out of in Freemasonry are the lessons I've learned from the people that I've met since I joined.  We all have something in common--our Fraternity.  We all share common values.  But joining my Lodge gave me a real opportunity to see people for their strengths, and learn from them.  To meet men that were willing to take the time to teach me skills I didn't have, and made me, at times question some of my own attitudes about the world around me.
Take a little time to appreciate those around you.  Instead of being envious of what other people can do, or what others have achieved, just ask yourself from time to time--what is it that guy has that makes him so much better at that?  Better yet--ask him. 
And also remember to take a little time to teach others those skills you've mastered. 
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 Shot to Hell which will be released in Spring 2014. You can contact Todd E. Creason at: webmaster@toddcreason.org

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