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Photo Friday: Facing Our Fears

Photo Friday: Facing Our Fears.

What do I fear? I think frequently what I fear is not the matter in front of me, but the idea that something I face and faces me is different and there is potential for change I cannot control.

We separate from the world in ways that allow us to think as spectators. As Renate suggested, once we remove the medium through which we view the world, in this case a spider, it moves closer to us.

Yet, we cannot escape danger. We face it each day, perhaps each moment in some ways unknown to us and that presents a danger itself. We lose sight of the world we live in.

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.

10 responses »

  1. Thank you kindly for the mention and share, Ivan.

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  2. Danger yes. I have read many books on fear, the mechanism would be called. The adrenal stress response or fight, flight or freeze.

    The trouble with fear is the amount of irrational fear we create with thought, emotion and judgment. We waste our lives manipulating, avoiding and facing fears that exist only inside our mind.

    Real fear is probably around 5% of the scary things we honor.

    Irrational fear, anxiety,,doubt, worry and unworthiness make up the majority of what we perceive as real fear.

    We fear criticism.,ridicule, being ostracized. We hate to,lose, avoid uncomfortable and awkward, so our real,issue is clearing out irrational fear.

    The rest is manageable.

    My opinion.

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  3. “what I fear is not the matter in front of me, but the idea that something I face and faces me is different and there is potential for change I cannot control”

    Good point!

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  4. Yes, we do and fear causes us to shrivel up and stop living. We need to be able to stand in our light.

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