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Wisdom stumbled upon in the bagel shop

March 27, 2010

I was sitting in the bagel shop on Main Street, the one where the product is actually boiled during the creative process, drinking coffee and reading the current newsletter from South Dakota’s Grand Lodge.  Having taken up “organizing,” at least semi-full-time, a number of articles about reactivating members and revitalizing groups caught my eye. 

I found one by W.M. Kent Broyhill quite interesting.  He wrote the story of the rescue of  a hide-bound lodge by virtue of a healthy application of action and change.  At article’s end, Master Broyhill laid out some morals to the story.  I was struck by how these lessons to be learned apply equally in my individual, solitary existence:

“Don’t be afraid to try something new.

“Invest in yourself.

“Keep the faith and don’t get discouraged.

“Believe and be tenacious.” 

And, like a whistle from down the railroad track, the final lesson, “When your memories exceed your dreams, the end is near.”

— Margadant

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