How do we give thanks this time of year

Thanks for our freedom fortune good cheer

Thanks for full stomachs and warm safe houses

Thanks for art forms and the passions it arouses


Thanks for our families and their sacred presence

Thanks to our lovers who give us their essence

This warmest of seasons is time for reflection

Time to stay conscious check your direction


Time to acknowledge appreciate

All that comes to you filling your plate

As you recline and have your repast

Time to realize abundance can crash


Look at today’s news see all the trouble

This world is a tinderbox that could burst your bubble

Incendiary spots need the resources you bring

Sweet people trapped when they want to sing

The “Thanks” in Thanksgiving is for what you bring

Thanks comes from giving that makes others sing

Acknowledge and honor the privilege we share

Take care of others with souls thin and bare


What special thanks do you have this year? For what? For who?

What do you have to be thankful for?

What do you have to be gracious about ?

Are there ways in which your own inner dialogue prevents you from being more appreciative of others? Of yourself?

How might you change that dialogue?

- 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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