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Portrait of Reverend Jim HarrisA graphic of a two pillars in front of a window I recently attended the conferral of the Thirty-Third and Last Degree with Rank and Dignity of Inspector General Honorary and the Investiture with Rank and Decoration of Knight Commander of the Court of Honor. These men received this honor because of their service to the Denver Consistory and the Masonic Fraternity. More importantly, these men earned the honors not necessarily for what they have done, but because of the type of men they are and the way of life they are living. They are not better than other members of our Consistory, but they have been recognized because of their unwavering support of the fraternity in a number of ways. They are living lives of honesty, integrity, faith, hope, and charity.

I have been thinking - IF I had my life to live over again, what would I do differently? I have heard some say "not a darned thing." However, for me, I would relax more, limber up and take a few things more seriously. I would not be afraid to take more chances.

I would climb more mountains, take more walks, and eat more ice cream. I would perhaps have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones. I am the type of person who lives sensibly and sanely hour by hour, day by day. I have had my moments, and if I had to do it over again, I would have more of those "moments" in life. I am one of those persons who always likes to be prepared. I always take an umbrella if there is a cloud in the sky, a warm coat if there is a chill in the air, a water bottle and a parachute. I had a bishop friend that I would frequently take to the airport. She would be gone over a week, taking only a small suit-case and a briefcase. I would travel lighter.

If I had my life to live over again, I would go barefoot in the summer and not wear shoes until winter. I would smile more, be friendlier, be kinder, and be more generous. I would try to make every day my best day. Life goes by so quickly and I would not waste so many of those precious days.

What about you? Are you living your life like it matters? Do you treat everyone nicely? Are you a complainer? Are people happy to see you?

The All-Seeing-Eye is watching.

This is the season of FALL. Enjoy the beauty of this time of the year.

Brotherly and Joyfully,

Rev. James H. Harris, 33°
Prelate, Denver Scottish Rite

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