Fear is a powerful teacher with much to give
A healthy timely helping instructs how to live
Fearless children often get burned or even worse
Missing the big difference between a blessing and a curse
Moving with abandon without seeing risk
Causes great catastrophe in instants so brisk
One moment of diversion without mindful gaze
Can bring lifetime bereavement in so many 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 these calamities
How do you avoid what brings you to your knees
It can be very simple you must stay alert
Minding 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 ©
I have always been a seeker, always looking for the answers to what seekers ponder. I can remember Dr. Maxwell Maltz and Psychocybernetics; Dr. Carl Rogers On Becoming a Person. Moving through my legal training and practicing law the focus was always about people and how to better their lives. All that searching, reading, studying and introspective work culminated in this collection of daily readings for seekers.
My work in the world has progressed from fighting legal cases to mediating divorces to helping people understand the essentials of relationship and collaborating to these poems. How can we collaborate effectively and work with each other in harmony to create the world we seek. How can we mindfully enable this world to become a place that works for all.
My prayer is that through introspection using these poems as a guide we can all grow together in making the world the Heaven on Earth we all aspire toward.
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