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Warrior’s Quest

I sat today and was going to post a Lao Tzu poem, The Uses of Not. I typed a short preamble and realized it was a Sabbath poem. Sometimes it is in paradox I find the most sense. It is in questions that I deepen conversations. I am in service of the questions. Earlier this week, I said I spent much of my life chasing answers. This is an echo of Father Richard Rohr who says  maturity leads us to stop chasing certainty. I seek eloquent questions with no ready answers: and invite others into conversations. I might have used pirate, but I began reading Shambhala:The Path of the Sacred Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa recently and it offered a new understanding, for me, of the word warrior.


Seemingly incompatible tempest

Space invites space

Forms a spacious meadow.

Deepen conversations–

Without ready answers;

But, eloquent questions

Be open, surprised.

A warrior’s quest–

Lighten the load

Be grateful and receive the gifts

Serve the journey.

Shape paths–

Ready each step

Because it is right

And not fully known.

About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

14 responses »

  1. LaDona's Music Studio

    “Maturity leads us to stop chasing certainty.” Yes. And that’s very comforting.

  2. each step forward is another day into tomorrow and Ivon well said 😉

  3. ‘serve the journey’ wow & yes …thanks for yet another wonderful post!

  4. AnElephantCant help thinking
    ‘Not fully known’ is what makes our lives fun
    We have to try
    To see how high
    How far how fast how deep how scary is the wonder that is still unknown

  5. These lines stuck out to me. “Sometimes it is in paradox I find the most sense. It is in questions that I deepen conversations…I seek eloquent questions with no ready answers.” I want to say this carefully, but for the most part, I think we’re fooling ourselves if we think we have all the answers. It’s our tendency to look for answers because they help us understand life, but I think there’s very little certainty. It’s refreshing to read your honesty here. I was reminded of some of Jesus’ teachings, because they were so paradoxical in nature. for example: “The first shall be last and the last shall be first,” “whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever wants to lose his life, for my sake, will find it.” and there are other principles too like: If I live selfishly, satisfying my own feelings and desires, I will become less joyful. But if I live selflessly and give of my time and resources, I will mysteriously find joy. I think if anyone has tried both, they can attest to this. It’s a paradox, and yet there’s truth/sense in it. Interesting 🙂

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