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!
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!”**
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?
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!
You may call me a grouchy old toad:
“Pull the d_ _n plug on ‘just one more’ download.”
Does sneaking and snacking mean values are lacking
Or a health disease with vital criteria?
A search for en-light-ened clarity
Imbued with lingual dexterity
Alas, settles for linguistic perversity –
The neologistic** “insomnobesity” ™.]
More a waxy attack fueling brain-clogging plaque
That may even nurture dementia!
Or let sounds of the ocean sing a lullaby potion
While launching a dreamy adventure.
When stress from your head crawls into the bed
And virals as a nightmarish beast...
Hey, it’s a snap, there must be an app
For a “multi-HYPER-texting ‘n tubeing-always on-Facebooking-
Skype-savvy” exorcist priest!
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!"
Oh, it’s just me, honey, your Energizer Bunny.
Running from quiet, your life is a riot.
Hmm…what is that “ADD” masking?
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.
One who gives “Tender Loving Criticism”
Yet also takes “Tough Loving Care!”
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.
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!