Shawn L. Bird

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Poem-growing August 28, 2020

Filed under: poem,Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 7:38 pm
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One small change today
One gift of time
One contribution to a cause
One life-lesson contemplated
One old idea reconsidered
One step toward wisdom
won each day.


waiting April 13, 2012

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 2:55 pm
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“Patience is virtue.”

“Time mends all things.”

Yes, yes.

But John Dryden warned in 1680,

“Beware the fury of a patient man.”  

Because even the stretchiest elastic

will break when stretched too far.


St. Augustine advised,

“Patience is the companion of wisdom. ”

So, I am fighting

to be wise.


consideration vs acceptance February 24, 2012

Filed under: Pondering — Shawn L. Bird @ 3:46 pm
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It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.



I fully agree with this statement.  The ‘what if’ that allows a person to look at the unknown, the different or the strange is a powerful tool for knowledge.  Seeking to understand another perspective only strengthens your own wisdom.  Your own perspective may be different, but by understanding the cultural, historical, or experiential background behind the point of view of someone else, you grow.   You don’t have to believe the same thing.  You don’t have to accept the conclusions made by others.  However, considering other perspectives helps you to understand your own beliefs and values.  Learning about yourself is valuable.  Learning is a good thing.


caricature or character January 30, 2012

Filed under: Pondering — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:34 pm
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Every uneducated person is a caricature of himself.

Friedrich Schlegel, 1798

What a profound thought.

Without education, you’re an outline with distorted features.  Your worst is accentuated without the tempering impact of learning other perspectives, exploring other values, or discovering alternative possibilities.

Growth of personality happens when you seek wisdom and knowledge.



Quatrain August 4, 2011

Filed under: Commentary — Shawn L. Bird @ 2:49 pm
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Reality is a dream awoken
Truth is perception spoken
Wisdom is a lifetime’s token
Grace is long love unbroken


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