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Slow Down, You’re Going Too Fast

Slow Down, You’re Going Too Fast.

Paul Simon is supposed to have written the song 59th Street Bridge Song which includes the line “slow down you move to fast” while sitting in a traffic jam on the 59th St. Bridge in New York City. It is not so much that we have to or, for that matter, can make the morning last longer. It is more likely when we pause and take time to enjoy the world as we move through it and it moves through us we feel that morning lasts longer.

Chronos time is a human-made construct. Here, we master and manage time. Kairos time is a fluid, natural flow of time without measure. One is calculating and the other meditating. When we live in the world in a hermeneutic way, we take time and read the contours of the world as it appears, as we encounter and experience it fully with all our senses. There is no rush in those moments.


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.

15 responses »

  1. When our minds race, awareness is lost, thoughts abound and clarity dissolves.
    We miss life, it’s contours replaced by mind chatter.

  2. Thank you for the “like” on my blog today. I like it here too. As a retired teacher/professor I’m glad there are folks like you out there. And à propos of going slow, how I wish more people would!

  3. I like this. BTW, following this in the WordPress Reader has been a hit & miss kind of deal. I’m now following via email too.

  4. We do need reminding sometimes that as well as ‘taking care of business’, we sometimes need to take care of our own self. We need to allow ourselves the opportunity to see and feel the beauty of our wonderful Earth and to let it wash over us a little. Well said, as always Ivon..

  5. i know. i have always been upset when the electricity goes off , 2 to 3 times a year, when it snows or during a hurricane & when i realized you can write a poem, the electricity has never gone off since.

  6. Learning to live on Kairos time.

  7. I love the message of this one, Ivon. Let’s sit back and enjoy the world as it continues to unfold xx


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