Enlightenment From the East


Today I'd like to contemplate the saying 'you can bring a horse to water but you can't make him drink'. It seems simple enough. It suggests you've done your part in making an offer and providing the opportunity and resources for what you thought someone wanted only to find out it's not what they wanted at all, and they do not partake in the offering. Too often I'll sit in Lodge and look at the empty seats. I'll think of some of the brethren I've met in Lodge, those who've helped me along the way and made me feel welcomed and I'll wonder where are they now. I think of all the investigations and degrees we've conducted and wonder what happened to those candidates, where did they go? I ask why are so few of us active in the events and activities that go on in the district and in the State and I just can't help but reflect on that saying.

Perhaps the real moral of the story is the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of each other. We need to get to know each other better, to spend more time together, talk, find out what we want and what we enjoy before inviting them to the watering hole. We might find that we are offering them a drink when they really want something to eat.

Bruce Needhammer, WM

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