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I found this in my reader today and felt it was a great way to restart. The quote reminded me I am part of the world and not separate. The picture draws me with its beauty and what I am united with; the world.

Defeat Despair

“We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty
enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words — to be united
with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe
in it, to become part of it.”  — C. S. Lewis

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About ivonprefontaine

In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

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  1. A question arises on this issue in relation to art. What makes one work of art dead yet another piece of art seem alive? I suggest “living wisdom”. An artist can dump a pile of bricks and invent an abstraction of defining it, and then label it art, but to me it is dead. The same bricks can be given to a community of children to construct a meaning that represents their everyday situation, this is a form of “living wisdom”.

  2. very nice “de Keukenhof” in the Netherlands, I’m very proud of it…

  3. awesome quote that speaks what I often feel. It’s a hard thing to put into words, but Lewis does it justice here.

  4. As we are all special and unique and yet beautiful, the flowers show us that so it is in nature, they are all a part of each others essence, and they exist wonderfully together in spite of their colors…in a lasting peace! Thanks for sharing!

  5. A worthy though for any day. Do so appreciate Lewis. Thank you.

    Well, Ivon, a lovely visit here today, a day when I have enough time to comment as well a read – so rare – and what a wonderful teacher you must be. I have wanted to say that for some time.

    Many blessings and thank you for sharing your work and insights,

  6. Thank you so much for sharing this. I had not come across this quotation before, but am very inspired and intrigued by beauty and our experience of it, so I’m especially grateful for this profound observation. Best wishes


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