Thursday, May 28, 2009
Seneca on things difficult...
“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is
because we do not dare that things are difficult.”
~ Seneca, Lucius A [4 BC - 65] from Letters from a Stoic
"Good morning, bro. Did you put that last posting on LJR blogspot? The one on Seneca. If so, what's it about?"
Above is an email comment I received from a brother. In hindsight the post must have been a bit hazy, at best cryptic; but definitely it is not just a filler.
Without much going into the history of FilMasons NSW, it is written in our constitution that some of our principal aims [aside from fellowship and charity] are:
1. To encourage those who have been raised in other countries [mostly from the Philippines] to affiliate in Australian lodges.
2. To organise a Filipino Lodge to gather all like minded brethren [and their ladies], with similar culture and aspirations into one Lodge.
Those were written more than fifteen years ago, and aside from numerous talk and "plan" to organise a "Filipino organised"* lodge nothing came out of it. Not because it is difficult nor there were no use or relevance; but simply we didn't dare to.
Now, with much support from both the NSW & ACT Grand Master, Most Worshipful Bro Gregory Henry Levenston; and District 32 - in the person of DGIW Bro David Keelty; as well as from our sponsor - Lodge Cedars No 1041, and various lodges within District 32 and elsewhere - this dream will come true. We managed to "dare" to make it come true.
And that is the long version of my reply to the brother - motivate ourselves so we can make this lodge come true.