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If we can live in the world and it still amazes us and brings us wonder, the silver in our hair will shine. What do we hurry by and step over during our waking hours which, if we were fully awake, would shine forth their extraordinary qualities? Being present and mindful in the world and in our lives, brings the world into a fuller contrast with brightening of the colours, fragrances, tastes, feelings, and sounds.

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.

10 responses »

  1. I like this. I had alot of silver in my hair when I got out of the hospital.

  2. Most of the silver in my hair is in the front, but from the back it is completely different.
    Working on mindfulness.

  3. So very true, the world is such a beautiful place when we still ourselves long enough to truly experience it.

  4. True,true,true,true,true,true, true. This becomes more obvious as I age, for sure. Much easier to practice Now.

  5. In the Stillness of Willow Hill

    My thoughts exactly. I used to be one of those hurriers…….but now I find stillness absolutely precious. It SO difficult to be around stressed-out unaware people for me now. In my next shift….their energy will no longer affect me.

    • I think as we age we begin to realize that time is fleeting and slipping away. Richard Rohr says we spend the first half of our lives chasing and those of us who are lucky spend the second half in a more contemplative life.


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