It was about twenty years ago when Lance Secretan asked me if I would write the poems for his latest project, Spirit@Work cards. I was honoured and to be honest it took courage on my part to make it happen. It was published in 2002! Today I picked the word Courage. So appropriate for the world we are facing.
I have been recently learning about the personal fears that hold me back from being my authentic self. Concurrently I am reading the book The Wisdom of the Enneagram by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson. The fears are not big things but they are ego based and the effects within me are significant. The poem I wrote twenty years ago has new meaning for me. I would like to share it with you because I have a feeling that others will find meaning in the words too. Your comments are appreciated.
Let me speak truthfully and with integrity,
Modeling courage for those I serve.
Help me unpeel the layers of fear
That keep my courage hidden,
Sometimes disguised as strength in its coolness and distancing.
Help me gently replace fearful thoughts
With love – loving perceptions and caring interpretations.
Let me be lovingly vulnerable, connecting more deeply in truth,
Let me lead courageously
Let me serve courageously.
Let me be courageous.
by Marie Knapp
8 thoughts on “Courage”
Beautiful! This poem reads like a prayer.
Thank you Nancy. Yes all the poems in the Spirit@Work book are prayer-like. Asking for guidance.
So timely…my New Year’s resolution, if one would call it that, was to ask for courage. I later added wisdom as well, so that my courage to do things that need to be done but are very difficult, will be led by wisdom and not self centredness.
On Thu, Jan 14, 2021 at 3:17 PM thoughtful perspectives … by Marie Knapp wrote:
> marieknapp posted: “It was about twenty years ago when Lance Secretan > asked me if I would write the poems for his latest project, Spirit@Work > cards. I was honoured and to be honest it took courage on my part to make > it happen. It was published in 2002! Today I picked the w” >
Nynka, lovely to hear from you. Email me if you would like to share more. Life gets tough. Courage helps.
I’ve always had a fear of heights, but now that my 87 yr. old husband is wheelchair bound after a spinal injury, I am very fearful of any fall – because it would leave him with no one to take care of him. My fear has become more real. Thanks for opening the thought and letting me share.
Thank you for sharing that Dee. It seems there are at least two kinds of fear. One reales to fears that are emotional and would be ego related. Others, like yours, are fears based on the body and fear of being hurt. I suppose that fear needs to be confronted in a different way. Working on strengthening the core to prevent falls as an example. Life gives us many challenges which can be learning opportunities. I wish you well Dee. Stay healthy.
Courage. Truth Integrity
We sure need more of these things in our life today more than ever !
Yes, I was on a Zoom call with Lance this morning and he reminded us that “if it is to be , it starts with me “. I don’t have that quote quite right but in any case we have to begin within ourselves in our own circle.
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