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One thing that came up at the retreat was the way we make life complicated and this poem used that word in it. We make our life complicated with our view of the world. Let it Be is also my favourite Beatles song so it was a great way to begin the week with this wonderful poem about helping each other out and sometimes just pausing and taking a breath.

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There are different kinds of problems

Easy

Simple

Hard

Complicated

It can come just around the corner

It can be from someone

or No one at all

It can be solved at an instance

on its own

or might need a couple of helping hands

And there are problems that seems impossible to deal with

Now.

“And when the night is cloudy there is still a light that shines on me
Shine until tomorrow, LET IT BE

…There Will Be an Answer, LET IT BE…”

(I also love this Let It Be cover by Angie Vasquez.)

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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. Best wishes for clarity and peace at your retreat.

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  2. Well, I idiotically left a detailed comment for you at lifessweetbittersurprises, who will wonder at the advice I sent re playing guitar, as well as why I , whoever I am, think she’s a doctoral student. Yet, it seemed like all I did was click…famous last words.

    Hmm…so I guess you don’t need to hear about the blues progressions you can already play with the chords you know…

    Thanks so much for continuing to stop by when I was too busy to stop and say hi to anyone.
    I appreciate it, Ivon!

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  3. Let It Be is one of my favorite songs, too. Wonderful poem to go with it. 🙂

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  4. Cool music choice. Good to see your retreat was ‘most excellent’ ~ that’s the way you should feel if it’s truly a retreat 🙂

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  5. Really beautiful poem. You have well clarified also.

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  6. Lovely post Ivon, word and music so beautiful

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