What are the places life sends us

Internal conundrums tensions and fuss

Situations roll over again and again

Creating anxiety until a su wen


Longing for peacefulness in life and work

We persist mostly avoid being a jerk

Sitting there broiling stewing and bubbling

Uncanny ability to pour salt on what’s troubling


Many people choose to sit in that stew

Others would rather search for what’s new

Rather than standing alone on the track

Why not look from a place not so black


What is the worst that can happen to you

Why are you holding all this stress too

Why look for what in life you might take

When you can see contribution to make


Think of the tension as a positive force

Pulling you back to your source

Remembering echoes of how your life emerges

Will guide and bring you to powerful verges


What are the tensions in your life?

What dissonance do they bring up between your standards and actions?

What does the stress and tension have to teach you?

Do you believe there is always a lesson in stress and conflict?

How can you view the same thing through a new creative lens?

How can you enable yourself to see new vistas?

– Stewart Levine ©

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