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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 II

Mark Gorkin, LCSW ("The Stress Doc") Updated: Feb 5th 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 it, you can check out Part I here.

P is for Priority

To establish a big "priority"
Don't just follow the majority
Ask key questions with authority:


What becomes high priority for you?
What turns you off, what will you work for?
What if it's missing will leave you so blue?


Who will you battle to even the score?
Who will you ask for "tough love" review?
Who understands that less may be more?


When is it urgent, when to make do?
When to attend, when to ignore?
When does the past spur on the new?


How will you react when you land on the floor?
How will you plan when "there's nothing to do"?
How will you feel when they show you the door?


Where will you go when you haven't a clue?
Where is the path you have to explore?
Where lurks the grail you must pursue?


Why would you choose to be artist poor?
Why shake up a familiar world view?
Why set and test limits both after and before?
Why harness pressure till you're ready to spew?
Why play it safe?…Hey, why not soar!


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 for his popular free newsletter & info on speaking programs. Check out his popular website -- -- 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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