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I Have Realities in My Past

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One of the first classes I took in my doctoral journey introduced me to Viktor Frankl‘s work and finding meaning in one’s life, which is the primary reason we live.

In his post, Kevin shares a quote from “Man’s Search for Meaning.” We search for and discover meaning in ways unique to each of us. That search/quest is not someone else’s, even though there may be shared characteristics.

Frankl survived the horrors of Auschwitz believing his wife was alive, often hearing her speak to him. As it turned out, she died during her internment, but it was her daemon nature that gave him reasons to live and press on. Many of us would say our spouse/partner gives us reasons to live and that would be true, but it is in different ways than Frankl and others.

Differences make a difference.

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.

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  1. Frankl says there is quality, purpose in life by enduring our challenges. He also said they did not deny or look the other way at the atrocities in their midst.

    People like Frankl, Mandela, Lincoln had harsh lives but accomplished some of the greatest feats we have witnessed.

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  2. Wonderful man and terrific philosophy. One of the important minds and hearts in my personal evolution.

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  3. Thank you Ivon! We need such inspiring persons. Michael

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  4. George Bachul

    I have not studied Frankl, but philosophically, to live his life to help each find meaning in theirs is a very selfless thing to do. Inspiring.

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  5. Hi Ivon,
    Thanks for the mention! I’m glad the quote brought back memories for you.
    Kevin

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  6. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    TRUE, INDEED!

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  7. Far too few even heard of Frankl and all would benefit from exposure to his philosophy.

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    • I agree. I was fortunate to be introduced to his writing while completing my PhD and expanded my library to include several books. I wonder if he gets lost in the more outrageous views of someone like Freud?

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  8. I return to Frankl’s work again and again.

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  9. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    DIFFERENCES BUT TRUE–TOGETHER!

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