Shawn L. Bird

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Invocation for dads June 16, 2012

Filed under: Poetry,Rotary invocations — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:29 pm
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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.


© 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 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

Filed under: Rotary,Rotary invocations — Shawn L. Bird @ 1:55 pm
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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

Filed under: Rotary invocations — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:59 am
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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.

Norway Peace Invocation July 29, 2011

Filed under: Commentary,Pondering,Rotary invocations — Shawn L. Bird @ 1:01 pm
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In the peaceful country of Norway, known for its celebration of progress and innovative thinking, the unthinkable has happened. Promising futures are destroyed by narcissistic, self-deluding ideology

While there is war within a broken heart, peace can not reign within. Let us be mindful of our duty to promote peace within ourselves, for the individual must be at peace before a family can be at peace. A family must be at peace before a land can be at peace. Land must be at peace before a nation can be at peace. Nations must be at peace before the world can be at peace.

Let us take responsibility to mend wounded hearts and share peace with those around us.

Let us be thankful today for the health and safety of those we love, and thankful that the world grieves collectively this injustice. We are still a culture of peace, even amid destruction.

“Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”


Available for free use within Rotary; however, please indicate in the comment section below that you have used it at your club (date and name).

summer invocation June 10, 2011

Filed under: Rotary invocations — Shawn L. Bird @ 11:39 am
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Of course, officially there are still 11 days until summer.  However, I hear that the Americans are already out of school, and with our temperatures in the high-20s it feels like summer at long last!  So to celebrate here is a summer invocation for myRotary friends!

We are thankful for the warmth that summer brings

For friends from afar gathered ’round our table.

For the warmth of the caressing summer air,

humming with chittering, twittering things

For time off work  to do what we are able,

to embrace a hurting world into our care


Available for free use within Rotary; however, please indicate in the comment section below that you have used it at your club (date and name).

Invocation poem: THANKS April 30, 2011

Today we are thankful for all we’ve received
However we live, we firmly believe
All is a blessing that we must pass on.
No matter our status or where we have gone.
Kindness and generosity are what we impart
Showing the world what’s in Rotary’s heart

© Shawn Bird 2011
Available for free use within Rotary; however, please indicate in the comment section below that you have used it at your club (date and name).

invocation after earthquake March 15, 2011

Filed under: Pondering,Rotary invocations — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:33 am
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The recent massive earthquake in Sendai Japan reminds us once again how fragile our society is.  Our strength does not lie in the cities we’ve built or our impressive transportation infrastructure.  One belch from a volcano or a shift the  Earth’s plates show us that everything we think is so impressive is quite tenuous.  Our strength lies in our bindings to one another, our willingness to serve, and our gratitude for the blessings of life itself.

(c) Shawn Bird 2011  Free use with Rotary.  Please credit Shawn when you share this in your club; as well, please leave a comment to let us know your club  and when you intend to use it.  With thanks.


wealth & dreams invocation January 10, 2011

Filed under: Commentary,Rotary invocations — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:20 am

For the wealth of abundant food to fuel our dreams
For the wealth of prosperity to empower our dreams
For the wealth of good friends to shoulder our dreams
For the wealth of joy when we bring our dreams to pass.
Let us be thankful today.

© Shawn Bird 2011.  Free use within Rotary.

Available for free use within Rotary; however, please indicate in the comment section below that you have used it at your club (date and name).

Invocation November 22, 2010

Filed under: Commentary,Rotary invocations — Shawn L. Bird @ 2:20 am
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When we remember that like love, gratitude is an action, we are reminded that our responsibility is to demonstrate thankfulness. An attitude of grateful appreciation is an act of loving kindness to those around us.

Take a moment to think about what you appreciate today and to be thankful for the loving kindnesses that you receive.

© Shawn Bird 2010.  Free use within Rotary.


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