At this Thanksgiving, let us ponder the words of Swiss philosopher Henri Frederic Amiel: “Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.”
May our acts as Rotarians demonstrate our gratitude for our blessings. For friendship, for health, for work, for opportunities to gather together, enjoy a meal, and change our community for the better.
(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.
Service happens in laughter and friendship.
Service happens in quiet conviction.
Service happens with firm intention.
Service happens in growing kinship
to all humanity in attention.
to Service Above Self.
Let us be thankful for the power unlocked
by a brain decoding symbols.
The ability to read gives the ability
to advance beyond poverty,
to learn what those near you do not know,
to discover ideas that may be hidden,
to unleash your potential.
Let us be thankful for the literacy endeavours of Rotary,
for changing the world one decoded alphabet at a time.
Let us be thankful for our ability to read, and commit
to embracing literacy initiatives.
Let us provide the ability to change the world.
Each January offers a new slate
and we must write upon it.
Let us write truth.
Let us write fairness.
Let us write friendship.
Let us write solidarity.
Let us write peace.
Let us write joy.
Let us write thankfulness
for what we accomplish together.
May the new year bring our club
new projects, new members, new success, new friends
and a fervour for Rotary
that doesn’t end!
It’s still winter and as we battle ice and snow
may we be thankful for the opportunity to know
humanitarians, philanthropists, and innovators
to be wonderful new world generators.
Let us work to keep the elimination of polio
and achieving world peace in our portfolio.
Let us be thankful for our meal, and that despite the weather,
that we are Rotarians here together.
As the calendar turns
and another new year begins
Let us be thankful for our Rotary friends
and the changes our service can bring.
Let us rise to the challenges given
Let us aim to give more to the cause
Let us continue to make the world better
Even if no one gives us applause.