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Human Hearts and Spirits

I had another great day at Teacher’s Convention. Made another contact for my dissertation process. It is quite interesting the willingness of people to help.

Harry Russ who provides the blog wrote this beautiful poem. I finished reading Margaret Wheatley‘s book, So Far From Home. She referred several times to human hearts and their capacity for love and kindness. Parker Palmer, in his book Healing the Heart of Democracy, referred to the heart being able to hold so much. Harry’s Russ’ poem reminded me of their writing and I think he is on to something: the heart and the spirit combined have incredible capacity.

“Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the human heart can hold.” Zelda Fitzgerald

…But if I might be so bold
While I don’t know the exact amount
From what I have found
I believe
The human spirit
Can store
Even more

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. Loved this Ivon. Glad you are meeting great people at the conference. Love, Sheri

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  2. Hi, Ivon. The poem, “Human Hearts and Spirits” that you mentioned so kindly in this post and attributed to Harry is actually an original poem of mine that I posted on on my blog, “A Grateful Man” on January 23, 2013. I believe that it is highly likely that a simple attribution error has been made–perhaps it is because I later also posted it on Harry’s site, at

    http://poetscornerblog.wordpress.com/.

    Russ Towne

    From my post at “A Grateul Man”:

    “Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the human heart can hold.”

    …But if I might be so bold
    While I don’t know the exact amount
    From what I have found
    I believe
    The human spirit
    Can store
    Even more

    The first line is from Zelda Fitzgerald, novelist (1900-1948) (Source: wordsmith.org)

    The rest is from me.

    Love,
    Russ

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  3. Dearest Ivon, I truly believe those with open hearts “magically” encounter all sorts of helpful/giving souls along their journey. Here’s to overflowing hearts & spirits blessed with resources aplenty to pass on the gift… Much Love, Shauna

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  4. Thanks for sharing the poem Ivon. It’s set me to mulling. :-)

    Great poem Russ.

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