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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 Iโ€™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 canโ€™t say.

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.

20 responses »

  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. wonderful aspiration, Ivan!
    when conditions are pleasant
    i can relate to accepting & giving
    in such a way
    moreso than when
    conditions are difficult ๐Ÿ™‚

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

  4. A most excellent thought…

  5. Lovely, Ivan. Be the flow.

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

  7. Nice. Really nice. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

  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.

  10. How wise, Ivon. Thank you.


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