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.
© 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
Tags: appreciation, divers, entrapped, Facebook, gratitude, humpback whale, invocation, Rotary
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:
Both giving gratitude and receiving it provide joy. While troubles shared are halved, gratitude doubles joy. I like the math.