Master Ritual 1
Master Ritual 1 The Great Picture//Sisters in Beta Sigma Phi, many years ago you began a journey. When you pledged yourself to Beta Sigma Phi, you started a pathway which was lighted by a torch and which led you through friendship and learning toward the fulfillment of your life. Though you continued the journey in the company of your sisters, it was your one special unique life goal toward which you journeyed.//You have been strong and steadfast through the years of that journey. Along the way you have learned that there is an art of living. You have learned that you can create your own masterpiece, using for your palette our colors of red for Courage, yellow for Vision, blue for Humility, orange for Loyalty, green for Fellowship, and violet for Service. Just as every great artist and craftsman was apprenticed in his art, you have been apprenticed in the art of living. Every great artist comes at some point in this life to a peak of skill and creativity which is recognized by title Master, and most artists achieve this status with the creation of what is known as their masterpiece. Still, the masters carry on, creating even greater beauty. The masterpiece is succeeded by wonderful works; some equaling and some bettering the masterpiece.//Your life is like that. You have by now created the Great Picture, the form and color are there. The central work of your art was established, and now you add other creations which amplify and expand the scope and depth of your life. And so it will be as long as you live, and as long as you continue to learn and grow. Achieving mastery is not a pinnacle from which every direction is a possible course. It is ability, imagination and desire fused into purpose. Your mastery is not a completion, but a challenge. It means nothing if it is not used. The world, having recognized a master through her work, may thereafter accept and acclaim her least effort. But you can never again accept less than your best. From knowledge and experience and understanding of your own talents you can choose more wisely those efforts to which you will bend your talents; but having chosen, nothing less than your best efforts and greatest commitment will satisfy you.