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Unmanaged, Fully Lived

I find I want certainty, but it is impossible to orchestrate. Life is a series of complex, chaotic, messy events and relationships that defy the logic. Life is not unplanned. I need to be awake and attentive for moments outside my plans. What do I do then?

I engineer life,

Manufacture it

Driven–

Overstimulated–

Drown in options

To what end–

I ask.

Try and manage,

Plan,

Organize,

Pursue material wealth–

Seek false power

An ego massage

But no real choices.

One choice–

Live life,

Experience it fully;

Dig deep,

Find what animates

Sow seeds,

Be patient.

Tend barren ground–

Await the richness and bounty–

Trust what emerges

These are the real gifts–

Not easily found,

But always near at hand–

Unmanageable life

But fully liveable.

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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.

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  1. Be patient.
    Tend barren ground–
    Await the richness and bounty–
    Trust what emerges
    These are the real gifts–
    Not easily found,
    But always near at hand–
    Unmanageable life. But fully liveable.

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this Ivon. Went deep inside of me!

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  2. I engineer life, manufacture it, driven- such a truthful statement of what we do in our lives and then as we rush through it there comes a day when we are forced to stop and then we wonder where it went and what was it all for? Beautiful write Ivon!!

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  3. priceless suggestions Ivon. the quicker we learn it the happier our life becomes.

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  4. Nailed it Ivon. Wonderful.

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  5. I really like this poem and sentiment.

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