Life is about choices. All choices have result or consequences. Do you remember the process of "choosing sides" for a game while in grammar school? It was always a tense moment until you were chosen by the team captain, ever hoping that you would not be the last choice. Of course, the results of these choices lasted only until recess was over and the consequences disappeared even if you were chosen last. We know that most choices have more dire and lasting consequences.
As adults, we are almost one hundred per cent in control of our destiny as a result of the choices we make. The consequences of these choices control many things. We decide how we look and dress, how we feel and how we act. How we relate to others and how others interact with us are all controlled by the choices we make. Each of the choices we make, no matter how small or unimportant they may seem at the time, shape who we will become and what we are able to achieve in the future.
Young people especially have many choices to make and experience tells us these choices will become more difficult and the results more critical as they age. Some choices made early in life may even have lifetime implications.
Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly making choices. Will I attend my Lodge meeting, church or civic meeting or do I stay home and watch television? Do I learn a part, a lecture, or decide to let someone else do all the work? When faced with choices, will we be relentless in pursuing the harder right instead of the easier wrong? Will we let criticism of our choices bring us down or will we use them to make us stronger? Will we choose to be followers or will we take the road less traveled? The poet Robert Frost made a good point in his poem 'The Road Less Traveled" when he said that by taking this road, it made all the difference in the world. It could also have the same effect for us.
Choices, good choices, linked together and building upon one another will help develop who we are, will cement our mindsets and will let us achieve our hopes and dreams for the future. We need to remember that what we choose today determines what we can choose tomorrow.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
William R. Logan, Senior Grand Warden