Being Intense without Being Tense


Intense:

1. extreme: great, strong, or extreme in a way that can be felt
2. effortful or active: involving great effort or much activity 
3. concentrated: narrowly focused or concentrated
4. passionate: feeling or showing strong and deeply felt emotions in a serious way
5. thrilling: extremely exciting or pleasing ( informal )
 Many people are turned off by the intensity of others.  It can be because intense people show us how unintense we are and we don’t want to be shaken out of our comfort zone (rut). 

 I think it is often because the intense are tense. (see Learn the Horse)  They are trying to convince everyone that their way is best to the point of being offensive.  We need to learn to share our passion with love and humility, satisfied that we have shown our intensity and hoping the flame will catch on to new life, but willing to enjoy it even if no one else jumps on the band wagon.

dull as dirt
you can´t assert the kind of light
that might persuade
a strict dictator to retire
fire the army
teach the poor origami
the truth is in
the proof is when
you hear your heart start asking,
“What´s my motivation?”

and try as you may, there isn´t a way
to explain the kind of change
that would make an Eskimo renounce fur
that would make a vegetarian barbecue hamster
unless you can trace this about-face
to a certain sign…

 shine
make ´em wonder what you´ve got
make ´em wish that they were not
on the outside looking bored
shine
let it shine before all men
let´em see good works, and then
let ´em glorify the Lord

out of the shaker and onto the plate
it isn´t Karma
it sure ain´t fate
that would make a Deadhead sell his van
that would make a schizophrenic turn in his crayons
Oprah freaks
and science seeks a rationale
that shall excuse
this strange behavior

when you let it shine
you will inspire
the kind of entire turnaround
that would make a bouncer take ballet
(even bouncers who aren’t happy)
but out of the glare
with nowhere to turn
you ain´t gonna learn it on “What´s My Line?”

shine
make ´em wonder what you´ve got
make ´em wish that they were not
on the outside looking bored
shine
let it shine before all men
let´em see good works, and then
let ´em glorify the Lord

shine

(Newsboys)

I Timothy 6:6 But Godliness with contentment is great gain.

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