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