We all pay taxes one form or another

Life has toll stops you pay or go under

Passage from one place to the other side

It can be graceful it can take your pride


What made you think you would have a free ride

What made you think you could easily slide

What made you think you could escape your own ends

What made you think life would be your best friend


The quiet delusion that puts us to sleep

A false sense of privilege hiding a need to weep

The longing and needing that we all share

Without the sacred nothing is there


What is the price we pay as we go

What does it cost to discern what we know

What is our tax in return for the learning

What must we give to cool the burning


How much did you know when you set out to live

How much have you treasured what you have to give

How much have you honored the friends in your hive

For the nectar they give that keeps you alive


Do you sometimes find yourself grumbling about the various kinds of tolls and taxes life exacts upon you?

Do you usually factor in the other side of the equation – what you receive in return?

When you look at things through that perspective does that quiet your chatter?

– 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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