I have often told my pastor that I feel like a tiger, trying to masquerade as a house cat.

With that in mind, here is my poetic advice for how to tame a tiger:

Don’t pull her whiskers
Or ruffle her fur;
Give her plenty of treats
That cause her to purr.
Find ways to compliment,
That delight and please her;
Avoid words and actions
That might hurt or tease her.

Give her what she wants;
Let her have her own way,
At least let her think so,
Or for sure, you will pay.
If you must correct her,
Speak words with loving care;
Tell her she’s doing well;
A tiger great and rare!

She really is  soft,
But won’t let you think so,
Till she knows that it’s safe
So her courage can grow.
With a little patience,
Some compassion and wit,
You’ll tame your pet tiger…
At least a little bit.

Published by lifehelps

I am like a rich tapestry, full of texture and color. I'm a musician, composer, poet, gardener, homemaker and friend. I worked as anLCSW for 22 years; as a socialworker for 26 years all told. Before that, I was a rehabilitation teacher. My passion is to come alongside others; to empower and bless them. That is why you will find plenty of variety in my blog. Two very important things to know about me is that I am a life-long learner - An explorer and sojourner. I also belong to the Lord, before you get tweeked out: I am not saying I am "religious." There is a huge difference between all of the rules and empty practice that often gets associated with Christianity and the kind of life that comes from being in a relationship with the loving God. May you find encouragement, inspiration, insight, good ideas and a laugh or two as you read my posts and comments.

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