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The Guest House

I submitted my dissertation draft to my committee chair and have time to blog. I hope I will be able to continue on a more regular basis.

I have many favorite poets and poems. Rumi and this poem are examples. When one engages in a creative process, emotions well up and being human is a guest house for them. Each day brings something new and mixes emotions together.

Creativity is a conversational journey with one’s self as we turn inward to interpret and express what is meaningful to our self. It is in the creative process we allow some glimpse of who we are for others and the world to see.

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.




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.

32 responses »

  1. Welcome back! I hope all goes well with your dissertation. “Each day brings something new” – that’s worth remembering.

  2. I’ve always loved this one too! I pray for great success for you with your dissertation, Ivon. 🙂 ❤

  3. I’m so glad you’re back 🙂 Good luck with the dissertation! That last stanza in particular is beautiful ❤

  4. Ahhh, so THAT’s where you’ve been! 😉 xoM

  5. Everyone appears in our life for a reason so I enjoy each and every one I meet.

  6. Welcome back!

  7. Lovely to see you, Ivon. Love this poem, and it’s messages, on many levels, ring true.

  8. Good to see you again, Ivon!(*’∀’人)

  9. Always good. So glad you’re back.

  10. Good to see you back! I wish you the all the best with your dissertation! The poem is terrific.

  11. Great to have you back! One of my favourites too! Well done on getting that dissertation draft done 🙂 Respect.

  12. wishing you a passing grade
    and happiness
    whatever happens 🙂

  13. Nice to see you again. 🙂

  14. Great to see you back, Ivon! And congrats on the submission. Rumi is one of my favorites too, as you may remember 🙂

  15. Best wishes with your dissertation, Ivon. Love those wise words.

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