It’s blustery cold with a wind chill of ice
When you venture outside it’s not very nice
The days squeezing shorter freezing the nights
Wet snow falling so hard you must shovel twice
The old year that’s ending fraying at its seams
Christmas needs tending with its pregnant dreams
Pretense is celebrating with smiles false and worn
There is too much gyrating hopping to every store
For some this time’s blessed with family all around
For others so lonely eyes stare at the ground
Reflection is deepened as you look inside
Gazing back at year’s journey what you leave behind
You make resolutions for what will be next
You set new goals and visions and make up new tests
If you are lucky and smart and awake
You carve time to thank friends for their gifts of grace
The sweet sheen of brandy and glowing hot embers
Let them fill your insides so you have remembers
And as you look forward to another year
Acknowledge the servers who bring such good cheer
Do you take stock and reflect at the end of the year?
What is the process you use?
How honest are you with yourself?
How do you check your own capacity to be honest?
How do you use the reflection?
How do you learn from what you might have done differently?
How do you plan for next year?
– 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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