Your level of success may depend on your level of enthusiasm, but your level of enthusiasm does not necessarily depend upon your level of success. Even when the result is not what you wanted, choose to go forward with enthusiasm, because that will empower you to create the result you do want. Enthusiasm expresses your belief in what you are doing, in a way that is compelling and contagious.
We now have in our Lodge a very healthy mix of old (in terms of service) and new Masons. It is our duty, it is our responsibility to infect the new Masons with our enthusiasm. When you are cynical and dejected, even the best strategies, tools or resources will not work very well; but when you are enthusiastic, you will find plenty of ways to get the best out of whatever you have to work with.
So, my Brother, as I embark upon yet another term as Worshipful Master of this Lodge, I do so with renewed energy and great enthusiasm and I urge you to do the same. There is much I want to accomplish this year, but I can only do it with your help, with your hard work, and with your encouragement – in other words – with your enthusiasm. Remember that even when the situation offers no reason to be enthusiastic, there is a very good reason to be enthusiastic , because enthusiasm gets results.