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All Things Pass

I enrolled in a class called the Tao of Leadership. It contrasts Eastern philosophy and contemporary Western management and is based in part on the writing of Lao Tzu. This is a beautiful poem about the need to let go and let things emerge differently. When we grasp it is not leadership. It is an illusion.

Radiating Blossom ~ Flowers & Words

All things pass
A sunrise does not last all morning
All things pass
A cloudburst does not last all day
All things pass
Nor a sunset all night
All things pass
What always changes?
 

Earth…sky…thunder…
mountain…water…
wind…fire…lake…

These change
And if these do not last

Do man’s visions last?
Do man’s illusions?

Take things as they come

All things pass

 
~~ Lao-Tzu ~~

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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.

8 responses »

  1. Do man’s visions last?
    Do man’s illusions?

    Thank you, for the poetic reminders!

    Reply
  2. Catherine Johnson

    Great quote!

    Reply
  3. Ah the impermanence of the wor(l)d but the permanence of Lao Tzu’s words.

    Reply
  4. yes, this was definitely worth a reblog!

    Reply

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