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We do lose our sense of innocence and wonder at some point. It is hard to bring it back, but not impossible. Going for a walk and just walking, seeing the world through new eyes is a way to explore and recapture that innocence.

Images by T.Dashfield Photography

At what age did we lose the ability to be exuberant without the fear of what others would think of us?  When did we stop being wonderfully expressive in our joy without a care in the world?  We’ve become adults who have lost or repressed the ability  to feel and express our emotions purely, freely and openly.  I love seeing little children show their sweet joy without a care in the world.  It’s pure and beautiful.  My intent was to take a picture of the little guy sitting on the rabbit but just as I pressed the button I captured a different  moment in time;  a little boy thrilled about getting ready to go for a ride on the carousel.

Photo taken in Bryant Park, New York.

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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. Suzuki calls it beginners mind. I watch at times as my one a half year old grandson sees something for the first time.

    Mindfulness, supposedly takes us back to where we can be just present again, maybe never as free as that child, but able to,let the approval,or criticism fade.
    Even without any mental,disorder like depression anxiety or PTSD, look at how many of us let opportunity in life pass us by because we fear, failure, ridicule, embarrassment, loss

    All impermanent worthless emotions, powerless without us giving them power.

    Our job is to risk more let go more live more

  2. This is such a refreshing and uplifting share Ivon…. to be in the company of innocence and joy. Thank you!
    I’ve found this comes back as I get older. Along with so many other things that we let go of … being self conscious and “knowing” is being replaced with curiously wonder and gratitude.
    I’m not sure I would ride on a rabbit horsie though …lol

  3. probably that’s what they called to be yourself…without any fear or shy feeling… to sing, to dance, to live….Indeed!

  4. I’m not sure of innocence, but being out in nature each day means that you never lose your sense of wonder.

  5. the beauty in children–that lack of awareness.

  6. whoops–lack of self-awareness. They are very much aware…because of that lack! It’s early yet…heheh…:)


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