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What makes you happy in a world gone insane

What forms of knowing lessen your pain

What makes you hopeful amidst conflict and strife

What keeps you from leaving this journey called life

 

Dear ones I think happy is gone

We left childhood illusions back on the farm

The time we’re devoting to happy’s not cool

Though the word lingers like yesterday’s fool

 

Happy’s a moment a dot on a line

A smile bursting forth for a moment in time

A place of connection that tickles your heart

A sense of pure knowing conveyed in art

 

The choice of a mission that makes you whole

Steadfast perseverance for a pure noble goal

Knowing you’re working toward a sweet end

Secure in deep friendship on which you depend

 

Knowing the real gift is giving and leaving

Engendering laughter fostering believing

Inducing pure joy in the heart mind of others

Voicing concerns of those trapped in druthers

 

No longer about what you have to do or be

That is the presence of your smaller me

It is about filling up all you can

How do you uplift the family of man

 

What are the ways you fill others up?

Are there others?

Are your actions guided by the value of contributions you make to others?

Are you maximizing your gifts and the value they provide for others?

What else can you do for dear ones? For others?

- Stewart Levine ©

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I have always been a seeker, always looking for the answers to what seekers ponder. I can remember Dr. Maxwell Maltz and Psychocybernetics; Dr. Carl Rogers On Becoming a Person. Moving through my legal training and practicing law the focus was always about people and how to better their lives. All that searching, reading, studying and introspective work culminated in this collection of daily readings for seekers.

My work in the world has progressed from fighting legal cases to mediating divorces to helping people understand the essentials of relationship and collaborating to these poems. How can we collaborate effectively and work with each other in harmony to create the world we seek. How can we mindfully enable this world to become a place that works for all.

My prayer is that through introspection using these poems as a guide we can all grow together in making the world the Heaven on Earth we all aspire toward.

Categories:   Poems

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