QUOTE…by John Lennon
Love is something that we need to nurture and cultivate. It is only in giving we receive it.
We’ve got this gift of love,
but love is like a precious plant.
You can’t just accept it and
leave it in the cupboard
or just think it’s going to get on by itself.
You’ve got to keep watering it.
You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.
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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.
Take physical love out of the equation.
Buddhist lament we are on this journey together, then love takes on a greater role.
Do you feel love when out in public for others or is the mind in an antagonistic space. Are you competing. Or does love enter your space
The last paragraph presents intriguing questions Marty. The way we view the world is perhaps the way the world enters or resists us.
To live life with a mind set of love your neighbor as yourself is to live life fully as intended. As Lennon states; it doesn’t just happen, it needs to be cared for, watered, fed, acknowledged, and most of all desired and handed out to the next. Kind of like “pay it forward” Great mind stimulating post Ivon.
Thank you Bill for the lovely comment and inspirational thought.