Getting through the first six months of Covid-19 was one thing. Overall we seemed to adapt very well. Many rushed to help others and it is great to see the delayed Queen’s Birthday Honours List recognise so many ordinary people for their extraordinary efforts.
As we face increased rather than relaxed restrictions it all seems like hard work now, doesn’t it. How much longer will this go on for?
Personally I am preparing for another 12 months of isolation and shielding, where the only contact I will have with others will be through a screen, microphone and speaker. But 12 months is too big to contemplate so I am focussing on three months at a time. As I get through each three months I can then take stock and get myself mentally fit for the next.
While not many of us cannot meet together as Freemasons, we can all use this time to become better Freemasons and better people. We can all use this time to reflect, contemplate, take stock, improve and plan ahead. We can do the same in our Lodges too, using technology to meet and discuss matters.
I believe a positive mental attitude is so important. I have set myself new goals and am seizing the opportunity to be productive. My talks and my work on a new book are my way of doing something constructive.
Sadly, not all our friends will come out of this time. I was terribly shocked to lose my friend Mike Baker, who passed away suddenly in April (not related to Covid). It was a great honour when R.W.Bro. Archie Torrance, Provincial Grand Master of the Mark Province of Kent, invited me to be the Inaugural Mike Baker Memorial Lecturer. Archie set up the new lectureship in Mike’s memory and I have selected a title that Mike would have appreciated, “How to grow the Membership of your Mark Lodge.” I will be delivering it live on 26th October. Please book here.
My other talks and their dates are all listed here. Please book in good time to get a place – they are proving very popular and many are attracting up to 100 bookings. I am also pleased to schedule new dates if invited by Light Blues Clubs, Provinces and Districts. You can also see some of the talks on my YouTube channel here.
Finally, I was overwhelmed to learn that, as a result of my talk for them on 15th August, the District of South America Northern Division has set up a local charity appeal in Brazil, in conjunction with the other English Orders in the District. This is truly a great initiative and I am delighted to have had a small part to play.
Take care brethren, to stay safe and well.