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William Stafford wrote this wonderful poem. Today, as I wondered what I should post, I came across it. It is weird in a way, but I am rarely concerned with what people think about me. More accurately, I do not place much emphasis in quantity. I prefer quality in my relationships, people who think of me for the right reasons. They care and their words are true.

People are aware I am leaving the profession. It is to hear words of gratitude from students and their families, including former students. I do not hear the whole world say, “Good job”, but I hear the right part of the world saying it.

To be a mountain you have to climb alone

and accept all that rain and snow. You have to look

far away when evening comes. If a forest

grows, you care; you stand there leaning against

the wind, waiting for someone with faith enough

to ask you to move. Great stones will tumble

against each other and gouge your sides. A storm

will live somewhere in your canyons hoarding its lightning.

If you are lucky, people will give you a dignified

name and bring crowds to admire how sturdy you are,

how long you can hold still for the camera. And some time,

they say, if you last long enough you will hear God;

a voice will roll down from the sky and all your patience

will be rewarded. The whole world will hear it: “Well done.”

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. Very inspirational ,Ivon .We often stumble,lose hope and start self doubting ourselves and then we read such posts,we realise that we are alone and that there are many out there who probably share the same sentiment as ours and that is what gives us the hope to rise back with hope and move forward…these lines are so true and encouraging.

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  2. This is wonderful Ivon – both this amazing poem as well as your wise observations. Thank you so much for sharing this. Best wishes, and well done! ~Gina

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  3. Ivon ~ I love to read uplifting and thoughtful posts ~ as a former teacher, I understand. ♥

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  4. We have featured this particular post on our Facebook fanpage. It is simply beautiful <3

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  5. Interesting post. Amazing message. Thanks for posting!

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