Amanda and I have an idea that there is such a thing as the good life. It’s built on timeless ideas, learned through travels to timeless places, lived timelessly, and clothed in timeless fashion. It’s a personal journey to get there; an education learned through timeless books, experiences, and characters. Most of all though, it’s a journey of self-improvement, personal growth, and the chipping away at the rough edges and superfluities of life to find the things that really matter, that really last; that really make a difference. That’s what this site is about.
The BIG Idea
Spirituality of thought, striving for perfection of conduct, and fidelity in duties, expectations and obligations, make us better and of better use to the world that needs us.
In freemasonry, a timeless allegory, self-improvement is described in terms of the builder’s stone. The rough ashlar is the unfinished stone from the quarry. The perfect ashlar is shaped and ready to be fit to its greater purpose in a spiritual building. The lesson to be learned is that by means of education and the acquirement of knowledge, we improve the state of our spiritual and moral being.
Like all of us, each rough ashlar begins as an imperfect stone. With education, cultivation and brotherly love, we are shaped into a being, which has been tried by the square of virtue and encircled by the compasses of their boundaries, given to us naturally.
It goes without saying that carving and cutting stone is the most difficult work, but the result is impressive and can last forever whether it’s done right or wrong.
The following poem, written by Mary Brooks Picken, entitled, “Thimblefuls of Friendliness” was written in 1924, and, perhaps describes the journey, and our choices, best.
“Thimblefuls of Friendliness”
“Isn’t it strange that Princes and Kings
And clowns that caper in sawdust rings,
And just plain folks like you and me,
Are builders for Eternity?
To each is given a bag of tools,
A shapeless mass and a book of rules,
And each must make ere life is flown,
A stumbling block, or a stepping stone.”