Consider a Brother’s Welfare and
Happiness Equal with That
of Your Own
Jealousy is one of the greatest enemies of happiness. That is one reason Masons are taught to always consider 1hat is one reason Masons are taught to always consider our own. When we absolutely love another person, we desire nothing but the best for that person. When another person has remarkable success, we feel that joy as much as if it had happened to us personally. When a brother has great sorrow, we feel the pain as if it were ours as well. That’s how Masons are to feel about others and why we are charged to “Consider a brother’s welfare and happiness equal with that of our own.
Just as being jealous of another person can destroy one’s happiness, being happy for another person can increase one’s level of personal joy. The next time you hear ~ that a friend has gotten a promotion, a new possession or had a positive change in his life, celebrate his success as if it were your own,
Similarly, if you can help a brother make a positive change in his life, work towards making that happen as hard as you would work if You were working to make that positive change happen for yourself.
Considering the welfare and happiness of another person is the natural result of absolutely loving them. Years ago, I was living on the second floor of a three-story apartment building in Chicago. It seemed to me that my upstairs neighbours must have worn iron shoes and liked to add dance 24 hours a day. I was constantly annoyed by the sound of footsteps above me. I was very happy the day those neighbours moved out. Then an unexpected thing those neighbours
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