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The Path

The Path.

This is a short poem which speaks to the humble beginnings each of us lives. Somehow, we occasionally forget these humble beginnings and the idea that each moment is its own humble re-beginning. We live in the most immediate time possible, now.

Taking time and realizing the path is made with each new step is a humbling experience, sometimes humiliating and always human. All these words, humble, humiliate, and human, share a common root, the word humus.

A path made of humus reminds us that there is a cycle to life. Each moment passes into a never fully retrievable history. In each moment, we live our questions when we are mindful and attentive in the world, not as observers. We live in community with the world and all its phenomena, sentient and non-sentient.

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. You know we never thought of that….hummus root…..very interesting….thank you for that tid bit. Lovely post

  2. I had new thought of humus as the root of these words. Thanks.

  3. My current read, aspires to the notion we need to be free of worry, accepting of ourselves as okay,

    This precedes our ability to be present in a humble way.

    So our ability to withstand life’s hardships without the need to judge then worry, opens the world for us to experience fully each moment to moment

    Makes sense to me, it is our ability to endure, not the ability to chase and catch pleasure that makes happy available.

  4. Great post along with all of the replies. Sorry I have been so out of touch. It is for a good reason. My new book is on its way to the publisher. From Faith to Faith, As We Live by the Spirit.


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