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How many times have you spent a year

As “they” spent an hour filling your ear

With the dribble and drabble of their life

The minutest detail of their mundane strife

 

If only you had a recording tape

And could force them to listen without escape

Did they ever think of the impact

Of stories they shared or their lack of tact

 

It would be great if we all had a filter

That enabled your mind with an impact sniffer

That way we’d know if our anecdotes

Would mean very much to other folks

 

Now that I’ve risked being profound

I think I’ll have a slight turn around

The content is not that important so then

The impact remembered is presence and when

 

The thing that’s recalled after contact

It allures way more than words impact

The smiles warm reception eye contact too

Was there just talking or listening too

 

How do you make assessments of the people you meet?

What engages you and makes you want more connection?

Have you used the same metric in evaluating your likely impact on others?

Does thinking about this motivate any behavior change on your part?

 
- 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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