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       These first two months as Worshipful Master have been challenging and amazing! There are many aspects of the position that I didn’t expect to encounter so soon. That being said, I have received some good advice from well informed brethren. That is what our fraternity is based on, helping to make good men better. As time was nearing for to move into the Master’s role, I began reading articles and gathering information to prepare. One thing that I kept coming across was a picture that said “The Harder, The Road; The More Skilled It’s Traveler”. I’m taking this advice from the unknown writer and applying it to as much as I can throughout my experience.

       Recently I had the opportunity to attend the Grand Lodge Winter Seminar at the Historic Trenton Masonic Temple. One of the speakers shared with us a view into the Master Mason degree that most of us probably have overlooked. As he was explaining his point, I began to understand that there was more to the story behind the MM than we have become accustomed to sitting through. While listening, it made me realize that there might be other things that I take for granted each day. Since then I have begun to consciously look and listen more to the details and meaning of what is being said rather than just the words at face value.

       So keep this idea in the back of your mind. The challenge before you can and will only make you stronger, because even if you don’t attain the goal, each time you try you will become more skilled. Remember, the only time you fail is when you walk away. Travel the hard road, blaze the trail and reach back to help those in need.

Eric Johnson, WM