The Spark That Starts

Each day should begin
Taking in fresh air,
Bible reading,
And a morning prayer.

A passion gained
From the inside
Where the Spirit
Of God does guide.

Studying the Bible
Through the years
Sharing with family
Along with peers.

After a while,
It becomes plain
This provides a long-term
Far reaching gain.

The power of change,
Teaching what is right,
Giving inspiration,
And future that is bright.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 07-13-2018

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Gain Steam with the Team

All teams are made up
Of individuals
So receive this visual
And grasp the principles.

If every member
On a baseball team
Gets a base hit,
The team gathers steam.

In a similar way,
An organization
Or business has
The same aspiration.

Each individual
Enthusiastic
About their job,
Performing that magic.

So be a part,
And find your role
Using your talent
To meet the goal.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 07-06-2018

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May the Force Be with You

In everything we do
There is a great force
Giving us a purpose,
Keeping us on course.

Giving peace of mind,
Enthusiasm,
Giving meaning to life,
And making things happen.

With a bright future,
A hope that is constant
With maximum focus
On what is important.

To work as a team,
Cooperation
To proceed together
In the same direction.

To reach for the stars
And never fear it,
A force known as
The Holy Spirit.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 06-28-2018

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One Small Step

In the late sixties
Filled with elation
Captivated by science
And space exploration.

The news was positive
No pessimism
And the future
Full of optimism.

Discoveries abound
And it was sweet
Not so negative
And always downbeat.

Young people need a lift
Not doom and gloom
Like back in the day
When man walk on the moon.

Looking ahead to a future
With peace of mind
One small step for man,
One giant leap for mankind

Take a look at this video. It’s only 1 minute 11 seconds and is a video of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission which was the first manned mission to land on the moon Neil Armstrong One Small Step.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 0621-2018

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Connected

Sharing with others
About God’s kingdom
Passes along
Much needed wisdom.

Within the Bible
Is provided God’s plan
To flourish now
And over a lifespan.

To read, study,
Memorize, apply,
And share the lessons
To magnify.

Asking questions,
Seeking resolutions,
Finding treasures
And solutions.

Bringing more together,
Finding common ground,
Writing down today
The lessons found.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 06-14-2018

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Full Potential

As I was growing up, my Dad and I would spend time together in the back yard learning how to hit a baseball. My Dad taught me how to hit left handed first. He knew that lefties have the advantage over right-handed pitchers because the curve ball is not as effective. He knew it would be easier for me to naturally hit right-handed if I wanted to and be a switch hitter. This thinking helped tremendously throughout my career in little league, in high school, and in college. The poem below was inspired by these memories.

Stepping ahead smartly
Is essential
Along with hard work
To reach full potential.

Playing baseball
As a young lad
Batting left handed
With help from dad.

Lefties have the advantage
On a right-handed pitcher
That’s the reason for
Being a switch hitter.

The breaking ball
Is not as effective
So the batter
Can be more selective.

The lesson learned
And the key to success
Is creating advantage
In a smart process.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 06-07-2018

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Peak Performance

LiLike a sports team,
Study competition
To know tendencies
And their ambition.

Your competition
Is anything
Holding you back or
Taking away your zing.

Like fear, despair,
Or lack of time
That keeps you from
Making the climb.

So study life
To come up with a plan
And make tomorrow
Extremely grand.

Thinking accurate
And making a tweak
Getting ready
To reach your peak.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 06-02-2018

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Objectives


You set out today
For the best day by far
By pointing out
What the objectives are.

Gaining perspective
And getting the directive,
Your eyes are clearly
Fixed on the objective.

With intermediate
Points as your guide,
Accomplish with pride
Things never been tried.

Like a baseball player
With eyes on the ball
Put your focus on
The objective above all.

With confidence
As your day has begun;
Ready to hit home runs
And have some fun.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 05-24-2018
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Putting Thoughts into Action

Each area of life
Faith, family, finances
Needs evaluation
To seek what enhances.

To keep each area
Running efficiently,
Tasks are done daily
And deliberately.

So each day starts
With ambition
Completing tasks
For the mission.

Continually
Finding a new way
For improvement
Without delay.

Routinely
Thinking of the mission
And ways to carry out
Each tasks to fruition.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 05-17-2018
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Direction for Dreams

Know the role to play
To best help the team
With a clear picture
To fulfill the dream.

Paint a clear picture
Within the mind
Of your current life
And what God has designed.

For He will give you
Wonderful dreams
With empowerment
To do what He deems.

Establish your values
Prior to the decision
And map each step
With perfect precision.

Know the priorities,
Take action with passion
And with a purpose
In orderly fashion.

Poem by Mark Shields – © 05-10-2018

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