Thursday, April 10, 2008

Intemperance and Excess

As you may or may not have read on Masonic Renaissance or Movable Jewel or The Tao of Masonry , we that blog about Masonry and reside in Connecticut finally got together for an Illuminati like meeting of the Masonic blogosphere.. It was a great pleasure to finally interact in person with many of the men I have had much electronic interaction since venturing out into the World Wide Web about Freemasonry. As stated so eloquently on the other blogs, we had many discussions on many topics and we all left the better for it. I enjoyed their fellowship and look forward to other meetings among those of us who blog.
I would like to thank specifically Brother Tom Accuosti who has been a kind of Masonic Web Sensei since my first post not too long ago. Inadvertently he brought about a personal masonic lesson that I needed about intemperance and excess. I am a person who can be easily be caught up in a situation, particularly when adult beverages are involved. The night before our GL's annual communication I got caught up in all of the revelry and imbibed far more than I should have and regret it. We are taught as masons to control our appetites for intemperance and excess and I let my guard down.
My ashlar is far from perfect and I have been making hard work with my common gavel to chip off the rough corners that are still there.
There is much work to be done!

6 comments:

Tom Accuosti said...

I would like to thank specifically Brother Tom Accuosti who has been a kind of Masonic Web Sensei since my first post not too long ago.

Nice try, 3M, but you were the one who pointed out that I was "the old guy." Sorry that I scratched up the side of your car with my cane.

We are taught as masons to control our appetites for intemperance and excess and I let my guard down.

You don't think that this will keep me from showing the video on YouTube, do you?

I hope that the hotel was able to clean that luggage cart.

M.M.M. From the North Eastern Corner said...

Tom I didn't call you "the old guy"
it was "purple wearin' grand lodge lackey" and its gonna take forever to compound out those cane marks!

Charles Tirrell said...

oh! A video! I'd pay good money to see a visual of the stories about the luggage cart.

Sincerely
Another purple wearin' grand lodge lackey

Justa Mason said...

3M, I enjoy a good beer or two as much as anyone; someone remarked after Lodge on Monday he noticed I had a beer in my hand so the situation was normal.

However, I have come to the realisation my metabolism has decided to age (though I haven't) and it doesn't like beer as much any more. So if I wish to fit in things I own, I have to limit myself. And that's difficult when you're at Lodge every night and everyone's buying you more than one beer. I just say 'no.'

A GM once told me how one of his predecessors enjoyed a libation or two during his year, but the Grand DC or someone was always with him at each of his visits (and he was out something like 160 nights) to say "Grand Master, that's enough." And that was it. After all, the GM had to set an example.

So, 3M, you're just going to have to prudently use some fortitude to bring about temperance. If I can do it, anyone can. And you may set an example while you're at it.

http://justamason.blogspot.com

Radcliffe said...

Im really sorry I didnt find you guys the other night. However my Father in Law is out of the woods, thanks to John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington. I couldve used alittle distraction meself.

M.M.M. From the North Eastern Corner said...

Good to hear about you father in law, you were missed Bro. Radcliffe.