Sunday, June 23, 2013

Two Stress Resiliency Shrink Raps ™

One trend and two feedback experiences have put me on notice that I need to shift my approach to writing.  I’ve decided to write shorter pieces whenever possible.  Certainly this speaks to the trend of people being increasingly busy in their lives; reading more than ever on the run, having to scan (when not surfing) the waves of info that keeps inundating us all.  As an aside, a friend has decided to call his new media company, “Loud Mouth” ™ Productions.  I recommended the name “Smart Mouth,” but I’ve come to see his wisdom.  Let’s face it; first and foremost you have to be heard above the din.

In addition to another friend questioning my lengthy written essays (and also advising a more strategic utilization of U-Tube; hopefully there will be more coming in the near future from this arena; see the above friend with media company), the encouraging feedback from my recent and newly revised “Stress Resiliency Shrink Rap” ™ (pasted below) has me writing a new generation of “Shrink Raps” or “It Could Be Verse!”
Perhaps I should mention the first lyric, “The Visionary Emperor,” was inspired by a recent encounter with and standing up to a CEO bully.  More to come.

Of course, being psycho-loquacious by nature, I will be channeling my need to explore, elaborate, and extrapolate in a book on Stress Resiliency.  And, already crawfishing a bit, there’ll be an essay on why I believe the Resiliency Rap ™ turned out to be such a compelling piece.  The key factor may prove beneficial for you as I outline the now expanded “Five ‘P”s of Passion Power” – being Purposeful-Provocative-Passionate-Playful along with the synergistic synthesis, being Philosophical.
In addition, I will be sharing some of the insights into my own creative process.  I think it may be of value on your own singular journey.

So here are my two latest poetic excursions.  Enjoy!
The Visionary Emperor

There once was a man with a vision
Behind every crucial decision.
Enthroned in his tower, the praise that was showered
With a “yes, butt” condition: “Take your mission position
Now submit to my unquestioned power.”
But give him his due; he hadn’t a clue.
You don’t need a rhyme to know that fine line
Between vision and…HALLUCINATION!


Dealing day or night
With a mind “black or white”
Blind by ego and might…
If it’s not a fair fight
Do not get uptight.
Before you take flight
Reach out for insight
That defangs a shark’s bite.
And yes, there’ll be fright
Still calmly yet firmly
Stand for integrity.
Why not play with such vanity
Now knowing their plight:  truth is kryptonite.
Once seeing the light…just let them be right.
Much better to ponder these eight words of stealth:
“It consoles them for not being anything else!”**
[** Immortal phrase from Andre Gide, author of The Immoralist:  One must allow others to be right…It consoles them for not being anything else.”]

© Mark Gorkin 2013
Shrink Rap ™ Productions


24/7 SPEED/Stress Resiliency Shrink Rap ™:
Safe Stress Survival Strategies

By Mark Gorkin, "The Stress Doc" ™

Are you the “poster child” for stress and duress?
Should you try Prozac?  Is it time to confess
To Ebay shopping – which may be a warning
When you're clicking madly at three in the morning?

But relax, have no fear...
The Stress Doc is here. So lay worries to rest…
Now listen and learn to Practice Safe Stress! ™

As you sprint to the wire with blood pressure higher
Timeless mind-body tips to heed
For slowing down, getting feet on the ground
And building Natural SPEED – Sleep-Priority-Passion-Empathy-Exercise-Diet.

Now don't be cheap with your need for “Sleep.”

Maximum learning must be REM deep
To be a beauty with mental acuity
Not that snooze-button bashing BLEEP!

For when it comes to daily slumber
All night gaming is dumb and dumber.
You may call me a grouchy old toad:
“Pull the d_ _n plug on ‘just one more’ download.”

Chorus:  When it comes to stress – it’s a lock
               Who you gonna get – the Stress Doc!

Do the shadows of consuming insomnia
Now mushroom into munching hysteria?
Does sneaking and snacking mean values are lacking
Or a health disease with vital criteria?

[To savor these “food for thought” questions
Digest this delicious digression:
A search for en-light-ened clarity
Imbued with lingual dexterity
Alas, settles for linguistic perversity –
The neologistic** “insomnobesity” ™.]

** Neologism:  the combining of existing words to make a new, often clever term or buzzword

But let us get back to troubles in the sack…
Always “burning the candle” is not just a scandal –
More a waxy attack fueling brain-clogging plaque
That may even nurture dementia!

Beware numbing at night with pie ala mode
Better mind travel down a pine-scented road.
Or let sounds of the ocean sing a lullaby potion
While launching a dreamy adventure.

So, can you get seven hours, at least
Without an Ambien or Bud-Lite feast?
When stress from your head crawls into the bed
And virals as a nightmarish beast...

Despite what you think you’ll need more than a shrink:
How do you find – without losing your mind…
Hey, it’s a snap, there must be an app
For a “multi-HYPER-texting ‘n tubeing-always on-Facebooking-
Skype-savvy” exorcist priest!

Chorus:  Ready to confess – join the flock
               Who you gonna get – the Stress Doc!

"P" stands for "Priority"
You can't do it all every day.
Urgent means now but important can wait.
Do you know how to "N & N"? –
Just say "No and Negotiate!"

Now I hope you’ll pardon my asking:
“Must you always be multi-tasking?”
Oh, it’s just me, honey, your Energizer Bunny.
Running from quiet, your life is a riot.
Hmm…what is that “ADD” masking?

Chorus:  Is your life a mess? – you need a rock
               Who you gonna get – the Stress Doc!

Another “P”-word is “Passion”
And we’re not talking sex, shoes, or fashion.
Don’t try to impress, better…
Learn to play chess
Or dig, dream, and dance in your garden.

"E" is for the "Empathy"

Found in a caring shoulder.
But all give without take is a big mistake
For now you shoulder a boulder.

Find a stress buddy who knows TLC
Someone honest and self-aware –
One who gives “Tender Loving Criticism”
Yet also takes “Tough Loving Care!”

Chorus:  Doing more with less – better take stock
               Who you gonna get – the Stress Doc!

The second "E" is for "Exercise"
Start pumping iron or those thighs.
You may not need SSRIs.
Try thirty minutes of non-stop spin
For your mood uplifting endorphin.

And, finally, "D" is for a healthy "Diet"
Alas, many would rather die than try it.
To manage foods so often craved
Grieve, "let go," and then be brave
Sending diet fads to an early grave.

So eat those fruits and veggies
Try fish oils and soy protein.
For too much fats and sugar
Excess alcohol and caffeine
Is a rollercoaster formula
For an artery-clogged machine.


Chorus:  When it comes to stress – you’re on the clock
               Who you gonna get – the Stress Doc!

It's time to end this Shrink Rap
With final tips for you –
"A firm 'No' a day keeps the ulcers away, and the hostilities too."
So to lessen daily woes, "Do know your limits; don't limit your 'No's!"

Ponder this Stress Doc wit and wisdom
Try to live it day after day:
Burnout is not a sign of failure
You simply gave yourself away.

Remember, sometimes less is more
And more is really less.
Balance work and play, faith and love
And, of course...Practice Safe Stress!

© Mark Gorkin 2013
Shrink Rap ™ Productions

Mark Gorkin, MSW, LICSW, "The Stress Doc" ™, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, is an acclaimed keynote and webinar speaker and "Motivational Humorist & Team Communication Catalyst" known for his interactive, inspiring and FUN programs for both government agencies and major corporations.  A training and Critical Incident/Grief Intervention Consultant for the National EAP/Wellness Company, Business Health Services in Baltimore, MD, the Doc is also leading “Stress, Team Building and Humor” programs for various branches of the Armed Services.  Mark is the author of Practice Safe Stress and of The Four Faces of Anger.  See his award-winning, USA Today Online "HotSite" -- -- called a "workplace resource" by National Public Radio (NPR).  For more info on the Doc's programs or to receive his free e-newsletter, email