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Mark Gorkin, LICSWMark Gorkin, LICSW
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Stress Resiliency and Brain Agility through Sleep-Priorities-Passion-Empathy-Exercise-Diet Part III

Mark Gorkin, LCSW ("The Stress Doc") Updated: Feb 12th 2015

This is a "diversity in unity" poem: each letter of the SPEED acronym has a somewhat different poetic style and structure yet provides a united pathway for stress resiliency and brain agility (for kids of all ages). If you missed the previous ones, you can check out the first one here (with links to the rest being added as a new one is published).

P is also for Passion

The Uncommon Paradox of Passion: A Preamble

When you read or hear the word "passion"
Are you thinking sex, shoes, or fashion? ;-)
Or does passion raise grim doubt? Hmm…
Are we talking signs of burnout?
Perhaps I'm being a tad playful, still…
Some believe passion borderline sinful.
Naturally, there's that three letter "s"-word
Ponder another, perhaps not so absurd…

The "s"-sense of passion is "suffering."
A brooding, artistic, hot lava wellspring
Erupting in quest of that symbolic ring.
Or the torment of Jesus or of a martyr -
(Who knew…the image of passion as Jewish Mother. ;-)
Pain and passion sure set off sparks
For one gutsy lady: Ms. Rosa Parks!
Anguish pushes deeper and farther…
Will you work longer and harder?
Marry sense and spirit - sure a tall order
As you will read…you'll be stronger and smarter!

The Passion Sense

When it comes to passion, what's its sight?
Inner vision that turns darkness bright.
A person or project lights up your mind
All else in shadows or left behind.

The passion sense is quite intense
Sees past, present, and future tense.
Often lacking common sense…still
Sight may make all the difference.

When it comes to passion, what's its sound?
A beat, a rhythm, a soul heaven bound.
A heart will sing, a mind will dance
Sway to the rhythm of romance.

The passion sense is quite intense
Hears past, present, and future tense.
Often lacking common sense…still
Sound may make all the difference.

When it comes to passion, what's its taste?
Oh please beware that chocolate waist.
Of course the mouth is where you start
Then mind and mood yield food for thought.

The passion sense is quite intense
Savors past, present, and future tense.
Often lacking common sense…still
Taste may make all the difference.

When it comes to passion, what's its touch?
A gentle caress, an innocent blush
The defiant push of a brain fevered rush…
When you know you want "it" so very much.

The passion sense is quite intense
Embraces past, present, and future tense.
Often lacking common sense…still
Touch may make all the difference.

When it comes to passion, what's its smell?
Some exotic perfume casting a spell
Or crisp mountain air, a fragrant glen…
Time travel from now to way back when.

The passion sense is quite intense
Breathes in past, present, and future tense.
Often lacking common sense…still
Smell may make all the difference.

Coda

The "sixth sense" of passion - intuition
Mind-body-soul comes to fruition.
Embody the vices and voices within
And know every loss is a chance to begin.
The meaning of life: discover your essence
The purpose of life: bestow your true presence.
So the passion challenge: be your fullest self
Without, of course, becoming full of yourself!

 

Mark Gorkin, LCSW (

Mark Gorkin, the Stress Doc ™, acclaimed Keynote and Kickoff Speaker, Webinar Presenter, Retreat Leader and Motivational Humorist, is the author of Practice Safe Stress and The Four Faces of Anger. A former Stress & Violence Prevention consultant for the US Postal Service, the Doc leads highly interactive, innovative and inspiring programs for corporations and government agencies, including the US Military, on stress resiliency/burnout prevention through humor, change and conflict management, generational communication, and 3 "R" -- Responsible, Resilient & Risk-Taking -- leadership-partnership team building. Email stressdoc@aol.com for his popular free newsletter & info on speaking programs. Check out his popular website -- www.stressdoc.com -- called a "workplace resource" by National Public Radio (NPR). Stress Doc Mantra: "Think out of the box, perform outside the curve (the Bell Curve) and be out-rage-ous!"

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