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Absence

I’ve come to understand that absence lies at the heart of our seeing more clearly. It’s often in something’s absence that we suddenly begin to see, whatever it is, in a new light.…

Source: Absence

Jacques Derrida said one cannot speak of something without acknowledging its opposite. When we hear black, it is natural for us to think of white. He went so far as to say that to claim one is atheist acknowledges the very possibility God exists.

Absence make the heart grow fonder, particularly when we love something or someone deeply. The Khalil Gibran quote at the end is essential to how we come to appreciate what and who we have in life. It is in the moments absence we grow to understand how much we love. It is in those moments we grow to be mindful and attentive when absence turns to presence.

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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.

10 responses »

  1. Absence/presence…flip sides of the same coin. 😉 xoM

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  2. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    GOOD POINTS! GREAT LANGUAGE—VITAL THOUGHT! 🙂

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  3. So true! My partner and I live about 100 miles apart. We spend time and then we are absent from one another. We have found this just right for us. We are together more than not, and it is only really complicated when there are events in both towns at the same time and we have to struggle over where to be.

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  4. Thank you for the link, Ivon.

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  5. Without space, we wouldn’t be able to discern what is there. It makes me think of watercolor painting, where the the negative space allows the subject to come to life.
    Thank you for this reflection Ivon.

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