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When we remain mindful to the world and others, we stumble upon people and things to love. Once we find it, we carry it carefully as a bright cup of water and a loaf of bread.

Moya Cannon suggested that being mindful keeps us open to what might be overlooked. We find the extraordinary in the ordinary, the unexpected places and times. We learn to become mindful and attentive over time, knowing we cannot  always be mindful.

The commonplace waits for us to notice its extraordinary beauty and sensuousness. We find it in the sweet taste of the  water and the inviting smell of freshly baked bread. Those seemingly ordinary people and things become the purse of gold.

Some of what we love

we stumble upon —

a purse of gold thrown on the road,

a poem, a friend, a great song.

And more

discloses itself to us —

a well among green hazels,

a nut thicket —

when we are worn out searching

for something quite different.

And more

comes to us, carried

as carefully

as a bright cup of water,

as new bread.


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.

18 responses »

  1. It’s those little surprises along life’s way that make each day special – a violet in the grass, a cardinal outside the window, a letter from a friend.

  2. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

  3. A beautiful reminder Thankyou. 🌸

  4. Love this Ivon. Thank you 💛

  5. Reblogged this on Find Your Middle Ground and commented:
    Mindfulness … Once we find it, we carry it carefully as a bright cup of water and a new loaf of bread.
    A lovely post from Ivon at Teacher as Transformer 💛

  6. What a delightful reminder, Ivon. There is so much beauty to discover and cherish in the ordinary.


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