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Walker

Antonio Machado reminds us that the path we follow is both made anew when we walk it and that once we step we can no longer go back.

We can look back and see where we came from, but that is a distorted image and, the further we move away from that point in time, the more distorted the memories we recall. We can reflect upon those moments and steps in a caring way that takes place only after the step.

It is in mindful walking that we make the path. There is an awareness and senstivity that only happens in the very moment we exist in, the present. Our presence is important in that moment as we step and live at that point on our path of life.

The mindfulness of our steps is important when we realize we lead others in their steps. They cannot walk the identitical path to our path, but the way we compose ourselves is a model for how they might live.

Walker, your footsteps

are the road, and nothing more.

Walker, there is no road,

the road is made by walking.

Walking you make the road,

and turning to look behind

you see the path you never

again will step upon.

Walker, there is no road,

only foam trails on the sea.

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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. i’m sorry, Ivon, but when you mentioned walking it brought to mind my song “Forever Walking” and my grandson’s first steps which I’m including for you.
    Leslie

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  2. Beautiful poem and insight!

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  3. Wow! So meaningful, we must learn to take each step carefully and with pleasure.

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  4. Hope is like a road in the country: there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.
    LIN YUTANG

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  5. Happiness is a time sensitive thing, it only exists in this moment. So this next step is all there is.

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  6. This is a wise and lovely read, Ivon. A great reminder to live every step we take.

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  7. Yes, time and space and distortion. I often remind those my age who keep going back in time to recall painful episodes that those memories are a child’s memories. And even then, what we remember is selective. Better to bring oneself fully into the present, where possibilities for transformation always abound! Cheers, Ivon!

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