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“The Good Samaritan” by French artist Maximilien Luce (1858-1941)

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Source: “The Good Samaritan” by French artist Maximilien Luce (1858-1941)

I enjoy this parable. It should raise questions about what I do for others and how, when I do right , my life is enriched. It is a spiritual richeness that can make each day Christmas, rather than one day a year.

Several years ago, I heard a sermon that explained how the first two people who passed by may have felt they had to do so based on their understanding of certain laws. The Samaritan did not feel he was and stopped to care for someone in need.

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. The feeling you get when helping someone in need is very special.

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  2. My husband and I were just talking about maintaining that feeling of Christmas every day instead of frenetically embracing it once a year. Merry Christmas, Ivon! ๐Ÿ˜‰ xoM

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  3. I like this parable too. Nurses in some states still work under a law called The Samaritan Law. It protected us if we stopped at a perhaps a car crash and administered emergency care to victims. I used it and helped a 16 year old to walk again 18 months later. Hugs, Barbara

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  4. A wonderful parable and beautiful painting on the link. Thanks for sharing the way we can all celebrate Christmas every day, Ivon. Christmas Blessings to you and yours. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Leading with the heart is rarely a poor decision. Merry Christmas to you, Ivon!

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