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Pursue Only Those Things That Capture Your Heart

Pursue Only Those Things That Capture Your Heart.

The wisdom  shared at the post reminded me about a comment made in a class several years ago. A colleague mentioned in ancient Hebrew the concept of catching one’s eye was almost literal. When we see something, it reaches out and takes hold of us in ways that are not explainable in words.

When something goes beyond the eye and finds the heart, it stays with us and we find meaning in that event. When we are mindful and attentive to those things which touch our hearts and catch our eyes, the world lights up and the ordinary becomes extraordinary.


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.

8 responses »

  1. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    What a lovely thought; I like that. 🙂

  2. So very true, Ivon.

    Sometimes I think I’ve wasted 30 years just passing the time, working and spending out-of-work hours in a mindless haze. I worked from pay-day to pay-day (mainly to pay medical bills).

    It wasn’t until I took up Photography in retirement, that I began to see life (through the viewfinder) in a totally different way. Sometimes we ‘look’ at life, but don’t truly ‘see’ the reality of what our eyes show us. It’s not until we find passion in living and go through our daily activities Mindfully, that we have a true appreciation of the miracles unfolding around us.

    I see people in the city and wonder what they’re thinking. I see nature and observe the changing of the seasons. Sure, I always knew whether it was hot or cold outdoors, but I never saw the miraculous details unfolding before me. I had tunnel vision in one sense.

  3. Thank you for this post, very timely for me today.

  4. Basic awareness practice, no?


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