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Steady my harried pace

What a great poem David posted. Take a moment and read it slowly.

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Wilferd Arlan Peterson (1900–95) was born in Whitehall, Michigan and lived most of his life in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was an American author who wrote for This Week magazine (a national Sunday supplement in newspapers distributed to 13,000,000 readers). For twenty-five years, he wrote a monthly column for Science of Mind magazine. He published nine books starting in 1949 with The Art of Getting Along: Inspiration for Triumphant Daily Living.” Peterson was regarded as “one of the best loved American writers of the 20th century, renowned for his inspirational wisdom and aphoristic wit” by the Independent Publishers Group. His influences include Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Abraham Lincoln, among many others. His contemporaries include Norman Vincent Peale and Dale Carnegie, and current writers and philosophers such as Jack Canfield and Brian Tracy have referred to Peterson’s works. He was married to Ruth Irene Rector Peterson (1921-79)…

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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.

9 responses »

  1. Catherine Johnson

    Thanks for sharing this. Very wise words.

  2. Thank you re-blogging the prayer I posted that David re-blogged.

  3. This would be me! 🙂 I wholeheartedly thoroughly appreciate the valuable reminder – often also echoed to me by my dear family and friends! Getting better at slowing my harried pace, believe it or not, in my advancing age! Priorities also becoming much clearer; ironic, as the sense of sight diminishes….. Thanks for the ever so insightful post, again, Ivon!

  4. Wonderful way to start my day! How many times have I felt guilty for pausing. In pausing you grow. you grow by rooting deep. a tree without roots cannot bear the weight of it’s own branches, nor can it produce good fruit because the source of living water cannot be obtained. Thank you for this!


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