Shawn L. Bird

Original poetry, commentary, and fiction. All copyrights reserved.

rhetorical poem- often January 15, 2017

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:13 pm
Tags: , , , , , ,

How often

does our prayer to

accept the things that cannot change

become an excuse for complacency?

How often

do we turn away from the possible

just because it’s difficult?

How often

to we tell ourselves ‘it’s always been’

and fail to see that something else could be?

How often

do we rail against those

who gentle encourage change when

they demonstrate another way?

How often

do we shout our certainty

when we should listen and see

wider horizons of possibility?

 

 

Advertisements
 

poem- consequences November 2, 2016

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:00 pm
Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Ah!

The cries that ensue

when actions take their logical consequences!

But!

But!

But!

We’re on Earth, you know..

Oh, you might not want to feel the impact of gravity

but if you jump, you will fall.

Suck it up, buttercup.

You did the crime, you get the time.

Rant all you like,

but effect always comes after cause.

It really shouldn’t be such a surprise.

 

 

poem- own it March 7, 2016

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 1:27 pm
Tags: , , , , , ,

If you don’t own your own mistakes

acknowledge your culpability

you can never move on.

Your improvement depends on

self-awareness.

Know your weakness, so you

can overcome.

 

poem- excused October 26, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 3:43 pm
Tags: , , ,

There is always an excuse

for not meeting expectations.

Someone else is always to blame

that you couldn’t meet expectations.

Everyone else is expected to leap

to meet your expectations.

Could you please just accept

responsibility for your actions?

.

.

Just a little venting.  🙂

 

 

poem-today August 11, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:52 am
Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Today I will make the choices

that lead to met goals.

Today I will choose

not to procrastinate.

Today I will accept responsibility

and do what must be done.

Today I will be a grown-up.

Tomorrow?

We’ll see.

 

poem-identity March 15, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 3:04 pm
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Hovered over the computer

you groan about how you’ve been screwed up

by school schedules that don’t let you take

the courses you need to graduate.

Something from grade nine,

another from grade ten,

a couple from grade eleven,

how can you fit it in twelve?

School’s fault.

Not your fault, of course.

Never your fault

for not coming to class,

for not doing your work,

for not taking advantage of offers to help

for not being respectful of your peers

for not accepting support,

for not passing the courses.

One or two (or three or four)

missed credits each year.

It’s the school’s fault.

Of course, it is.

Everything is hard for you.

Why?

Why?

Why?

You strike the question,

a damning indictment.

I will tell you,

though you won’t hear:

This is why:

Because you don’t see that

you choose.

You choose

to work.

You choose

to fail.

You choose.

Until you choose

to be responsible

for every choice,

to admit you failed because you chose

not to work,

not to accept help,

not to accept the consequences of

your choices,

life will always

seem unfair.

It’s not life that’s unfair.

It’s you who is refusing

to own your reality.

Accept responsibility for yourself.

What are you afraid of?

Be!

 

 

 

club obligations and privileges October 6, 2012

Filed under: Rotary — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:10 pm
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

I was just writing a note to a person on an exchange student forum, and I thought I would share my thoughts with you.  We were discussing how some areas of the world don’t understand the purpose of Rotary Youth Exchange, and therefore, don’t do anything to support the student.

Year after year our club has fantastic, interesting, and delightful exchange students.  How do I know?  Because we integrate our students into our club and get to know them.  Students chosen for this program tend to be talented, fascinating kids who are travelling to broaden their experiences and to prepare to make a difference in the world.  We send fantastic kids abroad to share them with another part of the world.  I am sad when I hear about clubs who miss the opportunity to know the amazing kids that they have under their noses, so here is my advice to Rotary Clubs all over the world, prefaced by my core belief that when a club agrees to host a student, EACH member of the club has an obligation to that student.

Each member of the club should make an effort to,

1. make them welcome to the country, city, and club

get to know who they are,  greet them on the street, and  invite them to attend club meetings, projects, and events, and personal activities.

2. include them in club activities

that means when  exchange students are at a club event, you integrate them by having them sit with members, you speak to them, you encourage them to participate in the program somehow.  Listen.

3. show interest in them, their experience, their home country  

Ask them about their hobbies and interests, and how things are similar and different in their home area.  Your way isn’t the only way.  Your students have experiences to share with you, just like you have experiences to share with them.  Listen.

4. welcome them into your home and family activities if you can.  

Even if you are not able to host a student in your home, you can include them into your activities.  When you know your students’ hobbies and interests, you can more easily identify opportunities to include them.  The student likes sports?  You can invite them to a local game- even free ones played by your grandkids.  Your student plays an instrument?  You can invite them to attend a recital or concert.  Your student loves history?  Take them to a local site you know well.  If you know what your student hasn’t experienced, you can invite them along on simple family events.  One of my more memorable experiences in Finland was foraging for mushrooms in the woods with a family!

5. share in their local experiences.

Consider yourselves the students’ family.  If they are participating in a concert, a sporting match, or speeches, go along to cheer and celebrate.

These inclusions are fantastic for everyone involved.  Your club learns more about the world, and more about your country by seeing it through the eyes of another perspective.  You will improve your club’s experience with your students, and your students will have a more memorable, and more valuable exchange year by having the opportunity to know you all.  You will feel blessed by experience.

Don’t waste your exchange students.  Celebrate them!

 

 
%d bloggers like this: