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A wasted life

Thomas Merton had a way of seeing and saying things that make sense even 50 after he passed away. Osho says the same thing essentially. We cannot take it with us so it is important to do well with it on Earth and share in ways that make the world a better place.

Dr Bill Wooten

“If you have learned only how to be a success, your life has probably been wasted.” ~ Thomas Merton


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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.

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  1. Sooooooo many books. Read part of one and commentary on him. Certainly seems one of most blissfully connected with Holy Spirit few can approach that level.

    • I agree Carl with those last two comments. He wrote prolifically for only about 20 years. Some of the books were published posthumously from his journals and essays. I always find his blend of humour and mysticism compelling.

  2. Beautiful post. The essence of the quote to me is to redefine “success” to include virtues such as humility, compassion and empathy.
    Thank you and regards 🙂


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