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The Smartest Thing

Maya Angelou is a wonderful poet and writer. Her quotes are gentle reminders of what should be important in life. This one asks me to stop and be present in this moment. It is the most important moment I have, because it is the only moment I can live in fully.

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If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you will look forward, do so prayerfully. But the wisest course would be to be present in the present gratefully.  Maya Angelou




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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.

16 responses »

  1. The moment is the only place to live!

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  4. Oh to be always in the moment. Especially when there’s work that needs done. 🙂

  5. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography)

    Wise words of wisdom indeed.
    I try to live in the Moment myself. Not always easy, but it’s a darn sight better that living in the past.

  6. I like Maya Angelou and am glad that she was an Ohioan for awhile, she spoke up in Oberlin at the University and I think has family in Lorain. I am from that “neck of the woods.” Was she the Poet Laureate for Bill Clinton? Just amazing woman, like you said, gentle words and great reminders.

  7. I must say that it is easier said than done because our present constitutes a bit of the past and a tad bit of the future- ah- maybe it’s all in the mind..thanks..


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