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Being Clear on Your Purpose

June 6, 2013

Today is International Shriners Day.  I heard this on the radio earlier today and thought this is something I could share in my blog.  It took me back to the week in March when I shared about a number of different events/days.   I don’t know anything about the Shriners, except they drive fun little cars in Tavistock’s Fall Fair parade and have hospitals.  So in an effort to information myself and all of you about the Shriners, I turned to google.  Here is where the Title of this post comes in.  Apparently there is a large group of Shriners in Ottawa.  Their website showed up near the top of the google search list.  Unfortunately, their rather large web-site doesn’t include an easy to find description of the group’s purpose.  The best information I found was in a news article related to today’s festivities.   Here is what they included as a description of the organization:

Who are the Shriners? The Shriners fraternity started in Manhattan in 1870 when some members of what is considered the world’s oldest fraternity – Masonry – came up with an idea for a new philanthropic fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the principles of brotherly love, truth and relief.

The Shriners fraternity is committed to fostering self-improvement through leadership, education, the perpetuation of moral values and community involvement and serving mankind through the resources of its philanthropy, Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Like the Shriners, I think we often assume people know our purpose.  We assume that people will know why we are asking them about something, why a project is being done, why we do things a particular way.  Being clear and explicit about the purpose behind our actions or words can eliminate frustration and miscommunication down the road.  And besides we all know what happens to “u” and me” when we assume things. 🙂

Sky Report at 10:00 – overcast

Yarn Strands: two grey – I know I’m only supposed to focus on the sky, but today was cool and grey and overcast and so the overall feeling affected by yarn colour choice.

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