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: email@example.com