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A Great Need

The great Sufi poet Hafiz wrote this several centuries ago, but I think it applies today as much as ever. We find each other when we find community and common purpose which is part of human being. We find strength in difficult times and that is found in the richness of holding hands and not letting go.


Of a great need

We are all holding hands

And climbing.

Not loving is a letting go.


The terrain around here


Far too





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. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

  2. Oh what a great thought!

  3. Transcends time, beautiful.

  4. I love Hafiz’s poems. Thank you for sharing this one with me today. I haven’t read it before, and it is just what I needed to hear.

  5. Reblogged this on Returning to Camissa and commented:
    I am also a great lover of Hafiz. It is Valentine’s Day tomorrow, and although I have no lover at the moment, I have been thinking how to to celebrate for myself. I just changed the profile picture on my FB to the motto that I share with my mother, “The secret of life is the power of love”. And yes, what is love but taking your neighbour’s hand, holding fast and assisting each other in the climb.

  6. That is a lovely poem. Love Hafiz.

  7. Thanks for becoming a subscriber. I’m enjoying your work as well.

  8. The chaos of living only for self is frightening. I pray we are still able to reach out effectively.

  9. How wonderful to imagine we are all trustingly holding hands. Thank-you for this post.


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