What did you do today to live The Ritual?
Rereading The Secret Thoughts of a Ritual prompted me to consider how I live The Ritual each day. It is a thought provoking piece that talks about how The Ritual should not be so secret that it becomes a mystery to us and our members.
The Ritual should be read, studied, and used as a road map to live a good life.
It should be openly discussed between brothers and taught to our new members once they are initiated.
The meanings of The Ritual should be examined closely and argued passionately.
I encourage you to read both The Ritual and The Secret Thoughts of a Ritual, and to reflect on their teachings and meaning.
Or to share a passage from each at an upcoming chapter meeting, discussing its current relevance with the membership.
As I write this, I am reflecting on how I am currently living and doing what The Ritual prescribes.
Am I living up to the Oath I made five years ago when I became an initiated brother in Sigma Nu?
Am I living the values and precepts set forth by my founders?
I challenge you to ask these very same questions of yourself and others.
It is only upon reflection and discussion that we can reach an understanding of The Ritual and how well each of us lives up to our knightly vows.
I challenge you to consider where you stand and to help others do the same.
Once you have learned The Ritual, taught it to others, and lived by it, I challenge you to expect the same from our brothers.
//Leadership Consultant Dan Hallgren (Minnesota State – Mankato)