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ROBERT BURNS #243 Trestleboard, April 2007
If you want to believe in something, then believe in it.
Just because something isn't true, is no reason you can't believe in it.
Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things that a man needs to believe in the most.
That people are basically good.
That honor, courage and virtue mean everything.
That power and money, money and power mean nothing;
That good always triumphs over evil;
and I want you to remember this,
true love never dies.
It doesn't matter if it's true or not.
You see, a man should believe in those things, because those things are worth believing in.
This is part of a speech given to a young man by Robert Duvall in the movie "Secondhand Lions"
As I listened to these well written words of wisdom on screen, I wanted to share them with you.
Be well my Brothers, and keep focused on the important things, the things you can take with you when you go.
Last fall while I was hunting in an area outside a small town in Montana, I picked up a local newsletter and inside it was an article that I really thought hit a note of truth with me and was worth passing along.
�Brought up on drugs�
The other day, someone at a store in our town read that a methamphetamine lab had been found in an old farmhouse just outside of town and he asked me a rhetorical question. �Why didn�t we have drug problems when you and I were growing up?
I replied: I had a drug problem when I was young. I was drug to church for weddings and funerals.
I was drug to family re-unions and community socials no matter the weather. I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults. I was also drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher or the preacher, or if I didn�t put forth my best effort in everything that was asked of me. I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if I uttered a profane four letter word.
I was drug out to pull weeds in Mom�s garden and flowerbeds and cockleburs out of Dad�s fields. I was drug to the homes of family, friends, and neighbors to help out some poor soul who had no one to mow the yard, repair the clothesline, or chop some firewood; and if my mother had ever known that I took a single dime for this kindness, she would have drug me back to the woodshed.
Those drugs are still in my veins; and they affect my behavior in everything that I do, say, and think. They are stronger that cocaine, crack, or heroin; and, if today�s children had this kind of drug problem, America would be a much better place.
Be well my brothers and I hope to see you at Lodge.
Brothers, the April 3rd meeting went fantasticly; we had the pleasure of initiating 2 new candidates. Join me in welcoming these youngest Entered Apprentice�s at our next meeting on May 1st.
By way of a reminder, the next Robert Burns visitation is planned for Sultan-Monroe on May 15th. I believe they have the traveling gavel, and to claim it we will need as many brothers as possible.
Summer is fast approaching and I would like for Robert Burns to organize a work party to help restore the Masonic Park in Granite Falls; it suffered a great deal of damage from the flooding this winter and needs everyone help to get it ready for the summer season.
Grand Lodge is also coming up in June; be sure to make your arrangements to attend soon.
When.....................Last Friday of each month
Where....................'Oasis' at the Nile
Time.......................11:30 'Til ?
Bring a guest and enjoy.
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