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The retreat was a welcome retreat. It was a time to be quiet and still find one’s voice. A theme which resonated throughout the weekend was a sense of being spiritually lost and what we should do when that happens. Part way through, I recalled an outdoor education class I took during my undergrad days. An expert outdoors man, Mors Kochanski, spoke to us about being physically lost and he gave us the same advice as I walked away with this past weekend. When you are lost, find a place to sit down and be quiet. Sometimes I know what I need to know and I only need to sit down and be quiet. The wisdom is there.

Ronald Wallace wrote this poem and it reminded me of blessings I take for granted and help me to find my way in life when I stop and am quiet. I can do all those things. I only have to stop and be quiet.


Occur.
Some days I find myself
putting my foot in
the same stream twice;
leading a horse to water
and making him drink.
I have a clue.
I can see the forest
for the trees.
All around me people
are making silk purses
out of sow’s ears,
getting blood from turnips,
building Rome in a day.
There’s a business
Like show business.
There’s something new
under the sun.
Some days misery
no longer loves company;
it puts itself out of its.
There’s rest for the weary.
There’s turning back.
There are guarantees.
I can be serious.
I can mean that.
You can quite
put your finger on it.

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.

17 responses »

  1. Such great advice – I need a retreat… a time to re-charge tired batteries… thanks for sharing! And for your most recent return visit and liking of my post ‘Emergin Light’ – your continued support is greatly appreciated!

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  2. The buzz and chaos of life, the calm, the stability is found within, in the silence. Good poem.

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  3. So glad your retreat was such a great benefit andlove the poem too God Bless

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  4. Beautiful poem. Reminds me a little of the principle William Blake used when he switched everything round in his work, “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.” Sounds as though it was a deeply fulfilling time for you and those who were there.

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  5. It’s wonderful to read that the retreat was so enriching…That you would associate such a gorgeous poem with your last few days, I would say it was an incredibly fulfilling time…

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  6. The calm, quiet time is so much needed sometimes… Thank you for the nice poem, Ivon!

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  7. This is the best type of retreat… into yourself. Thanks for the shared blessings! :D

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