I hope everyone had a pleasant end to 2020 and a strong start into 2021.
I’ve been wanting to write this month’s letter for a couple weeks now but I couldn’t make up my mind on what to write about. There were so many ideas floating around in my head that I was overwhelmed and decided each time to find something else to do with my time.
This lack of action made me realize that I have trouble with overthinking things. I’ll do it at work when solving problems, at home when planning a trip or dinner, and even in my leisure time when deciding on a path to take or strategy to use in a game. I’ll get so worried about making a bad decision, that I make none at all.
So that’s what this month’s letter turned into! I ask Brothers to reflect on their thought process and make sure they’re not going off into the weeds on the minute details and “what if”s and preventing themselves from accomplishing things.
I’m making it a point in my life to limit how long I can think about a problem. I’m not going to make rash decisions mind you, I’m just going to weigh some options, make a call, and see how it works out. Sometimes I’ll make the wrong choice and have to do something different. But when I make that choice a second time, I’ll have more experience and more information to leverage.
On the Lodge front, we’ll not be meeting in person again this month. We’ll have a video call on our stated communication night of Wednesday the 20th so we can all have a chat and see each other’s faces. Masonry has been around for hundreds of years and the meetings aren’t what keep us going.
Hopefully things will have settled down and we can meet in person February or March. Until then I hope everyone stays healthy. If anyone needs any help, or even just a chat, please drop myself or any of the Officers a line.
Jason Owen, WM
Clinton Lodge #175