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I am on the road the next two days so I am tired at the end of relatively long day. John O’ Donohue‘s poetry has a light feel to it, much like a small river that flows easily along its way.

He often wrote blessings and a blessing is something that catches us by surprise. It unfolds in surprising ways, never taking the same path twice. Like the river and, as expressed by Heraclitus in his quote: “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”

We cannot live the same moment twice, because we cannot return to it and, even if we could, we would not be the same person. We would return with an understanding of what it meant to step in the river in the first place.

The beauty of living is filled with the richness of uncertainty and complexity. The best we can expect is to be mindful of each moment as we live in it and as it unfolds.

I would love to live

Like a river flows,

Carried by the surprise

Of its own unfolding.

We took this picture several years at Lundbreck Falls. Today, I drove past them and, like me, the river has changed.

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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.

9 responses »

  1. I agree, everything changes every moment..

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  2. Lovely, and his poetry always speaks to the heart. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. I miss rivers! Lovely falls. Miss river rafting 😉

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    • Kathy and I were talking how different the rivers in Edmonton and Calgary are so different. As we drove through Calgary, we saw someone fly fishing in the Bow. That does not happen in Edmonton. The volume of the North Saskatchewan is much greater. They all have their own character.

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  4. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    POEM AND PIOCTURE ARE FINE TO US—THIS CARING TEACHER LETS US IN FOR A FEW MINUTES!

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