Exploring the Depths of the 24 Inch Gauge

Fructus facilius cum tempus exstructa est.

By: Burx Norrod
Sandoval Lodge No. 76

Burx Norrod

What sets Freemasonry apart as a mystery school is its provision of tools that offer allegorical insights for contemplation and personal enhancement. This article delves into the significance of the 24 Inch Gauge and how it aids in managing my daily life.

From our initial Masonic teachings, we learn the importance of wisely dividing our time, acknowledging the universal constraint of 24 hours in a day. Emphasizing life balance, the concept of splitting it into three equal parts appears to be a recipe for success, allocating time not only for work but also for rejuvenation and aiding others. In a more practical sense, one might question the applicability of this 8 x 8 x 8 breakdown in the face of the stresses of modern-day living.

Reflecting on my personal life as a Mortgage Broker, the conventional 9-5 work structure doesn’t apply, as my schedule extends beyond standard hours, encompassing evenings, early mornings, and weekends. Moreover, being a parent to a highly active 15-year-old involved in tennis – participating in matches nationwide and part of the high school Varsity Team – requires a significant portion of my time, shuttling between various locations to support her. Any parent familiar with the demands of children engaged in sports or school activities can relate, particularly those with more than one child.

Amidst this bustling life, it becomes crucial to find moments for self-refreshment. I dedicate time to learning new tunes on the guitar, engaging in recreational activities like the shooting range, or other pursuits that alleviate the challenges of daily life. Additionally, as the Senior Warden of the Lodge with a passion for ritual work and esoteric exploration, I find myself assisting fellow brethren in their proficiencies or delving into the intricacies of New Mexico Ritual Work.

Yet, whenever the risk of burnout looms, the engraved wisdom of the 24 Inch Gauge surfaces in my consciousness. I pause to remind myself that I retain control over the situation because I control myself. In moments of overwhelm, I take a breath and affirm that I possess the will to navigate through challenges. It is the science and art of effecting change in conformity with my will /G\

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