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They birth and hold feed us till contented

Without them we’re helpless our needs undetected

It’s much more than physical what they provide

They instill well-being confidence and pride

 

The foundation that’s essential to our being

They give us our grounding encourage our seeing

They provide education and finances too

They clothe our bodies give each foot a shoe

 

If you are lucky their work does not quit

No matter how old you count on their grit

They do not abandon responsibility

Their deep well of giving helps set you free

 

The cycle reverses at some point in time

When you start caretaking stop your own whine

You start to observe they are slowing down

Their once solid footsteps don’t cover much ground

 

You start giving back to what you took for granted

The more that you give the more you’re firmly planted

What happens is magic or something like that

As you give to them you get much more back

 

They’re still giving lessons just by their being

That’s part of the magic of living and seeing

The cycle of life a revolving door

The giving and taking what you came here for

 

Who parented you and where are you in the cycle?

Have you thought about how much or how little you think you received?

Do you realize that you may have been given great gifts through adversity?

Can you acknowledge that?

Is it time for you to give back?

- 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.

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