Rumi wrote magnificent poetry that resonates through the ages. Patience is a virtue. When I sit in my place of patience, others, the world, and myself speak to me and I can listen.
Parker Palmer says the soul is like a wild animal. When I trample around and make noise, I scare it away and it is unable to come out of hiding. In a world that is already busy and noisy, I can not hear my heart speak to me, let alone the world and others
In mindful moments, I pause and what I chase after comes to me, relieving me of the stress and anxiety my chasing brings. There is attraction between what I wait for and I find with patience it wants me, as well.
When I run after what I think I want,
my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety;
if I sit in my own place of patience,
what I need flows to me, and without pain.
From this I understand that
what I want also wants me,
is looking for me and attracting me.
There is a great secret here
for anyone who can grasp it.
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.
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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.
“Patience is a virtue, have if you can. It’s seldom found in woman and never found in man.”
My grandmother used to say that.
It is always a struggle for me to be patient. I do better now with our grandson. It is harder as a parent.
We carry more of the burden as a parent. As a grandparent we are there to encourage and support.
That is so true.
For some reason that reminds me of this quote:
Happiness is like a butterfly, the more you chase it, the more it will elude you.
But if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.
~Henry David Thoreau
The more we chase a butterfly; the more it eludes. When we sit and wait quietly, it comes to us which is what reminded me of Parker Palmer and the soul.