I'M THE GUY (who you ignored and left)
I'm the guy who asked to join your Masonic Lodge. I'm your Brother who has gone through the Three Degrees of Masonry and paid my dues. I'm your Brother who stood up in front of you and promised to Assist when called upon. I'm your Brother who came to the meetings and no one paid any attention to.
I tried several times to be friendly and interact, but you all had your own buddies to talk and sit next to. I sat down several times, but none of you, my Brothers, paid any attention to me. I hoped very much that someone would have asked me to take part in a project or help out, but no one saw my efforts when I volunteered.
I missed a few meetings after joining because I was sick and couldn't be there. No one asked me at the next meeting where I had been. I guess it didn't matter very much to others whether I was there or not. The next meeting I decided to stay home and watch television. The following meeting I attended, and again, no one asked me where I was the last meeting. I'm a good guy, a good family man, one who loves his community and his country.
You know who else I am? I'm your brother who never came back. It amuses me when I think back on how the Heads of the organization and the members were discussing why the organization was losing members. It amuses me to think they spent so much time looking for new members when there I was all the time.
Author Unknown; Published in 1st Edition of
THE HAWAI'I FREEMASON; G.R.H.;