Fear is a powerful teacher with a lot to give
A healthy timely helping instructs us how to live
Fearless children often get burned or even worse
When missing the difference between blessing and curse
Moving with sheer abandon without seeing risk
Causes great catastrophe in instants very brisk
One moment of diversion without mindful gaze
Can bring great bereavement in many unseen ways
You can lose a finger you can lose an arm
You can lose a loved one that’s a lifelong harm
You can lose a fortune position or your fame
If you are not thoughtful you lose your good name
How do you prevent calamities
How do you avoid what brings you to your knees
It can be very simple you must stay alert
Listen to more cautious voices that see potential hurt
Think of what can happen when you do a deed
What results follow what warnings might you heed
Listen to those voices that always are near
Learn to trust the lessons encased in healthy fear
Do not let bravado take you on a joy ride
Do not ignore the warnings and act out of pride
It can be very simple when you listen deep
Honor caution’s blessing do not go to sleep
Can you remember a time when you heard and ignored the warning voice of healthy fear?
What was the lesson you took away?
What was the cost of that lesson?
How valuable would the payback have been if you listened to the voice of caution?
What warnings are you ignoring today?
- Stewart Levine ©
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