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Pride

Noelle Kocot wrote about being contented as a human. I find my space not in the competition and busyness of living, but being human is in the never being done.

There is a sense of wonder in stepping back and accepting what the moment offers. It is about the awe that wandering with an open heart and mind allows me to have. I stay open to the world and to myself when I remember living is not competition. I cooperate with everything I meet and experience.

If I claim I was a terrible, horrible,

Evil no-good person,

It would be a lie, and it would be

Wanting always to be the best or the worst.

So now I’m destined to wander,

My bag full of pride a lot lighter,

And if I say I am done

With whatever ails me,

That would also be a lie.

I am not done, will never be done

Till the day I die,

But I am content to be human,

Naked and shaking with love

At the moment, and the next moment,

I just can’t say.

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About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and spent the last 14 years teaching in an incrediable hybrid school setting. My dissertation topic and research were how teachers experience becoming who teachers, as human subjects. For me, teaching is a calling and vocation that allows me to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what will call me. We have begun a small consulting and leadership firm called Rocky River Leadership & Consulting Ltd.

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  1. It’s all about shades of grey and accepting who you are. Sometimes I’ll look at some famous scientist or actor or astronaut and think, “Why can’t I be like that?” And then I remember the reasons why I didn’t take those paths in life. Great poem – thanks for sharing 🙂

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  2. wonderful aspiration, Ivan!
    when conditions are pleasant
    i can relate to accepting & giving
    in such a way
    moreso than when
    conditions are difficult 🙂

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  3. Sort of like being able to be still instead of rushing. Thanks for this Ivan.

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  4. A most excellent thought…

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  5. Lovely, Ivan. Be the flow.

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  6. I can be contented.
    As a human?
    Hmmm…more reflection needed! xoxoM

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  7. Nice. Really nice. 🙂

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  8. Humans seem to always want to reach for more…!

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  9. Well said,

    Stepping back accepting what the moment offers, How often do we do this.

    Our past, our flaws, our failures need to be accepted before an opportunity like this moment is available.

    Not easy to be empty, free of judgment, of self criticism to meet wonder where it lives.

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  10. How wise, Ivon. Thank you.

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