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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.

I see or hear
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?

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.

59 responses »

  1. Congratulations and well done!

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

  3. Well done, Ivon.

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

  5. Congratulations, Ivon!!

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

  7. Congratulations!!!! 🙂

  8. Congratulations on your PhD!

  9. Indeed, congratulations, and well done!

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

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

  12. So happy for you. Congrats.

  13. Congratulations, Ivon! What an achievement.

  14. Congratulations! Thank you for the poem today.

  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!

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

  17. Congratulations, Ivon! Wise words!

  18. Congratulations, Ivon!

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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

  21. Congratulations, scholar!

  22. You wear it well, Ivon! 😉 xoM

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

  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.

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


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