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On the Edge

Kathy and I are back on the road this morning. It will be Monday before I post again. I disconnect to reconnect. I feel on the edge at this time of the week and summer. I go back to work next Wednesday and, for the first time in my career, I am not looking forward to going back. I am on the edge and find faith in something other than me.

Each step

Brings me to the edge.

Uncertain balance

On the edge.

Instability dances with stability

Harsh with the gentle.

Quiet the self

Hear the soul’s gentle words.

A still space reveals wisdom

A spirit of Faith.

Look forward;

Look down.

Go forward

Accept hands proffered in similar Faith.

About ivonprefontaine

I have been an educator for almost 20 years. Prior to that, I worked in private industry for 15 years, then returned to university to earn my education degree. For the past 11 years, I have been a co-creator of learning in a unique, progressive, alternative educational school of choice. Currently, I am engaged in a doctoral program at Gonzaga University in Spokane. A main theme in my learning there has been the roles of systems thinking, complexity theory, and organizational theory, and how they apply to education generally and the learning environment I share with students, parents, and colleagues.

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  1. Ivon,

    I have had many summers where I stood at the brink of classes with unhappy feelings- not this year for some reason. But it’s okay. We feel what we feel.

    I’m really going to try this year to bring my Zen beliefs into my teaching moments as much as I can. Maybe the thought of that is helping me feel good about teaching again.

    I like the message here though- “Go forward.”

    Thanks.

    Tom

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  2. We are so often on the edge, whether we know it or not – and that edge can bring incredible exhilaration and times of true refreshing as well as the knots of fear! I always tell myself that if I had 6 months to get ready for school, I still would have things to do. Sometimes we only need to start, to find that stepping off that edge is not as terrifying as it seems…

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  3. An understandable viewpoint. You have been satisfying the inner you whilst traveling this path of the past short time. It would seem to me to be totally plausible to be thinking of remaining within this energy. However; it is only by living life in its myriad forms that we can appreciate the good, the bad and the ugly, so to speak. Enjoy the sense of wistful dreams while you may; tomorrow is a brand new day…!

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