Shawn L. Bird

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Invocation for the new year 2013 December 27, 2012

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Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. ”

As we come together each week in 2013,

What makes a beginning is spinning us onward

We keep together progressing through weather

We work  without rest until success.

What keeps us together is unity, fun, and focus.  Let’s change the world this year.

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(c) Shawn L. Bird.  Free use within Rotary, but please credit me, and record your use of the this invocation in the comment section below.
 

Thanksgiving invocation October 7, 2012

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May we each be thankful for the friends that surround us, the trials that strengthen us, the work of our hands, and the joy in our lives.

(c) Shawn L Bird.  Free use within Rotary, but please give credit, and identify in the comments below, the name of your club and the date  you used it.

 

invocation on sport August 3, 2012

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At this moment, thousands of athletes are battling on their fields of endeavour in search of glory.  Through dedication and sacrifice they strive to be the best for one brief moment in time.  They glow with satisfaction as they achieve their best and receive the accolades.

For one shining moment, they achieve glory.

Let us be thankful for hard work and dedication which unite us in celebration of success.  Let us work together to achieve our club goals, that we may celebrate together the improvements we, as Rotarians, make in our communities and our world.

(c) Shawn Bird.  Free use within Rotary.  Please credit Shawn, and record your club and the date you used this invocation in the comments below.

 

Invocation for dads June 16, 2012

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Our fathers are our first role models of what it is to be a man.

If we are blessed to have a good one driving our household mini van.

He shows us how a romantic partner should behave;

He demonstrates just how our children should be raised.

He shows us this without a word, by what he does each day,

So we’ll reflect his teaching as we go on about our way.

If we weren’t blessed to have our  father  there to show us what to do,

Let us be thankful there are men, who’ll gather us in, too.

In thanks for each man, standing by his family,

Who cares, provides,  corrects and loves, from those of us who see.

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© Shawn L. Bird 2012  Free use within Rotary, though please indicate when and where you have used the invocation by leaving a comment below.  Thanks!

 

inspiring whales… April 20, 2012

On my Facebook feed today was the inspiring story of divers who rescued an entrapped humpback whale, and the inspiring appreciation she showed for their efforts.

Attending to due diligence, I investigated the story and discovered on the urban legends.com site (I sure hope no one ever discredits them) that the story was in fact true.

Here is a link to the original newspaper article relating the event that happened in 2005 off the coast of San Francisco.

I really like how the anonymous Facebook poster summarized the significance of this experience:

 May you, and all those you love, be so blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you. And, may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude.

Both giving gratitude and receiving it provide joy.  While troubles shared are halved, gratitude doubles joy.  I like the math.

 

birthday invocation February 22, 2012

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February 23rd is the birthday of Rotary. Paul Harris, was 37 when he gathered some professional connections and they formed the world’s first service club in Chicago in 1905.

Service is action in support of others.  A small action can make a difference.  It isn’t about glamour; it’s about need.  A toilet is a rather basic thing, but  the simple addition of  public toilets in down town Chicago in 1907 surely offered  the blissful relief of basic urgencies for many a person!

Let us remember that service is about meeting the  needs of others, and that when we serve those needs, we can provide blissful relief at the most basic level.  Let us be thankful we have the means and ability to change lives with our most simple service.

© Shawn Bird 2012.  Free use within Rotary.  Please credit Shawn’s authorship, and leave a message in the Comment area below explaining when and where you used her words.  Thanks!
 

new year invocation December 31, 2011

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A new year is a time for new beginnings, as well as a time to reflect on the past.  It is a chance for us to celebrate our successes, and plan to have a wonderful year.  As a new year dawns, let us consider how we can use the next 365 days to make a difference on the planet.  Let us be thankful for what we have achieved, and mindful of our responsibility to continue the good works.  Our commitment to service can make the world a better place.

Free use within Rotary.  Please credit Shawn Bird, Rotary Club of Salmon Arm (Shuswap), and record in the comment space below where and when you used the invocation.
 

 
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