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Miracles

Again, today I jotted some notes in a small coffee shop while sipping tea. I thought how  counsels that each moment reveals the extraordinary. When we are mindful and sensitive to those moments we lift them up and they are miracles happening around us all the time.

I taught a student who had Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. He was a sweet young man and I made sure I was at school to greet him each morning as he got off the bus. One morning, he got off the bus and was wearing a fedora. I greeted by saying “hi boss!” I told him looked like Frank Sinatra. He had no idea who that was, so I found videos and played Frank Sinatra. Whenever that student wore his fedora, I greeted him as the boss. He smiled as it seemed to mean something more than ordinary.

When I am not attentive and mindful, I miss many opportunities. It reminds me of Maya Angelou‘s quote: “A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face.”

What do I walk past?

It seems ordinary in passing;

Yet, looking deeper

I see it:

The (extra)ordinary.

The ordinary unfolds

Revealing its extra-ness

Its depth and breadth

Richness hiding in plain sight.

A moment holds miracles

Waiting to show themselves off

Asking to be seen with new eyes

Sharing their more-ness.

I took this picture in Glacier National Park. The driftwood was polished and on the beach of the lake we were hiking around. What do I not see and hear? It is in the story of how this driftwood ended up here.

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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.

16 responses »

  1. i´m fifty-nine now, did do much schooling,

    nonetheless, teacher have a higher meaning in the world,

    as i see it today…

    Very good teach, a piece of driftwood just lying there, interesting what you or i did see,

    was how did the driftwood arrive at this destination…

    cheers teach,

    chris

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  2. That’s a very powerful observation.

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  3. We definitely need to watch for those magical moments that just appear out of the blue. Had to smile as I write notes everywhere I go…sometimes even on a notebook on the seat when I’m driving. When a thought hits, it is important to record it.

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  4. I love your Boss story. And so cool that you took the time to educate him on Sinatra. He’ll never forget you. Ever. We remember our teachers like that.

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  5. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    A LOT OF MIRACLES WE MISS—FOR WE DON’T FEEL THE SPIRIT’S KISS! MIRACLES—THEY ARE INDEED WHERE OUNE LEAST EXPECTS THEM!

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