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Simplicity, Patience, Compassion

Simplicity, Patience, Compassion.

The link is to a short poem written by Lao Tzu. The world is a complex place, but nature operates in simple ways. Because of this, the phenomena we experience and how we experience their essence is not easily revealed.

Being mindful requires patience. It takes time to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. It is there and it speaks to us when we stop and listen with our heart. When we are patient, we can show our gratitude for those things that slip by unnoticed in life’s busyness.

Being patient, begins with showing compassion for ourselves. Without this compassion, we can hardly expect to care for the world, sentient and non-sentient, we continuously encounter. Being patient and compassionate, allows us to be grateful for what we experience, our living.


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.

14 responses »

  1. Simplicity, patience, compassion. That is such an admirable way to live one’s life. Thanks.

  2. “It takes time to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. ” Right in the nail. Once we do, every single moment is extraordinary. Completely worth the effort invested.

  3. Beautiful quote by Lao Tzu, compassion is a gift to ourselves and others.

  4. Amazing how neuroscience informs us,,this,is the best way to use the mind also. Simple, patient,,compassionate.

    The last sentence does not place a parameter onthe outcome of this moment, it is easy to have gratitude when we think we win,,overcome, enjoy an outcome, it is another thing to be ok with awkward,,harsh or sad.

    This is a door, a place where sit and see things that usually slip by. The more we practice daily to notice, to let go, the more we heal, deepen, find happiness.

    Somehow, Ivon, you can take poetry and arrive at a pure Buddhist space. Very intriguing

  5. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    Ivonprefontaine, we all need reminders of this. We get caught up in the day-to-day activities and it is hard to remember to step back and be simple and compassionate, especially with ourselves.
    Thank you for this. ❤

  6. I really love this post. Awareness take time so that we can see more things (or even see the same thing in the new dimension) to be thankful!

    Keep posting!

    Jade the Mystic


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