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Mindful

Today’s post is short. I was hooded today and the poem that ran through my mind was Mindful by Mary Oliver. This is the ultimate poem for me on a day like today. There is always something that can more or less kill me with delight.

Several speakers today reminded us that it is not the extraordinary we are looking for, but the ordinary that propels us into the extraordinary. Being mindful and attentive in and to the world is an essential element in being propelled.

Everyday
I see or hear
something
that more or less

kills me
with delight,
that leaves me
like a needle

in the haystack
of light.
It was what I was born for —
to look, to listen,

to lose myself
inside this soft world —
to instruct myself
over and over

in joy,
and acclamation.
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful,
the very extravagant —
but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations.
Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help

but grow wise
with such teachings
as these —
the untrimmable light

of the world,
the ocean’s shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?

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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.

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  1. Congratulations and well done!

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  2. Congratulations, Ivon! May what you are next called to do fill you with passion and delight.

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  3. Well done, Ivon.
    Leslie

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  4. AWE I love this! Hooray for you! Perfect poem for this! Good luck to you! 🙂

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  5. Congratulations, Ivon!!

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  6. Congratulations in propelling yourself from the ordinary to the extraordinary. ❤

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  7. Congratulations!!!! 🙂

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  8. Congratulations on your PhD!

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  9. Indeed, congratulations, and well done!

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  10. Congrats Ivan, for the long haul. Love the poem too… apropos.

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  11. Congrats Ivon and well done.
    Loving the image! 🙂

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  12. So happy for you. Congrats.

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  13. Congratulations, Ivon! What an achievement.

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  14. Congratulations! Thank you for the poem today.

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  15. Yes, congratulations for this phenomenal achievement. I have always believed it is not so much what is achieved as what is shared, not what you learned but the knowledge that expands it, not the goodbyes but the hellos. Your life is what you make it. Blessings!

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  16. Many congratulations Dr Prefontaine – and thanks, as ever, for sharing your journey. Simon

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  17. Congratulations, Ivon! Wise words!

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  18. Congratulations, Ivon!

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  19. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    DSI HOOD HE ALITEPOCKET BCKKEEPANDICH CASE E NEXR EGOO? INE LHAVEMY DAD’S DID!

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  20. Congrats!! And may poetry continue to radiate in you 🙂 I remember when you introduced me to Mary Oliver’s poems in one of your previous posts ~ and thank you again for that xx

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  21. Congratulations, scholar!

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  22. You wear it well, Ivon! 😉 xoM

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  23. Big Congrats! And MO is ALWAYS a fine choice! Aloha, Ivon.

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  24. Congrats, Ivon! And best wishes for this next step, I am sure your teachings are as valued by your students as they are by your readers here.

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  25. Congratulations, Ivon, on your wonderful achievement!!

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