1. George,

    You are so right. After all is said and done, only the interactions with those around us really matter. We are only as rich as those personal associations we cultivate. I am going to remember your post and steal a line from James Carville (slightly modified) and remind myself when making tough choices that "It's the relationships stupid!". Thanks for all your challenging ideas and posts, George, you are an inspiration. Here is to another fantastic year of sharing with this incredible PLN!

  2. Maggie

    so very true thanks for that personal part and sharing it all with us the world needs to hear at times and the need to stop and makes us all look and realise that we all are caring loving and human with up and downs and yes some where in middle and we all need support true our journeys where ever they will take us.thanks so much George

    .Some days you want to go back, some days you want to move forward, But today your okay with right here, right now ….

  3. Hey George,

    I love this post – it is sincere and vulnerable and goes to the heart of what we do – we are a bunch of nuts who care deeply and put it out there everyday. Kids know when you are sincere – they are little super-sensors and they thrive on feeling cared for. Adults too. So far the biggest change that I have been able to accomplish with staff has come through the development of genuine relationships — one at a time — and I have been as changed by them as they have by me.

    I totally agree with Dave – you are really and truly inspiring. Thank you.

    Those are incredibly sweet photos of your babies, by the way 😉


  4. Rather than use the term "buddy", because there is a line between us and the students, I always say I will be friendly to all of you but that doesn't mean we are friends. By the way I have two small very worthless dogs that I would be happy to ship to Canada, then I could get my lap back when I'm in the recliner.

    • George

      Keep the dogs! I am coming to see them sooner rather than later. Tell your daughters hi from your MC.

  5. Hello George, Caring Person, Educator, Dog Lover, Laker Fan. As always, you comments hit dead center! Relationships. I know the season is early but hope we meet in the playoffs. I'm posting a pic on FB just for you.

  6. Kelly

    I remember that day. I haven't cried that hard in a long time! Watching you go through that made you a real person to me. Before that I thought of you as a Twitter Rock Star!

    Relationships are so important. Thanks for reminding everyone that we need to put our kids first. It is not an easy thing to do with our busy lives, but when a kid asks you for help you must give it to them!

    Your leadership helps so many people. Thanks for reaching out to all of us. Your are truly an inspiration to all of us!

  7. @Matt_Gomez

    Really appreciate you sharing such personal thoughts and for the great reminder as I head back tomorrow. I know I will be reflecting on this as I prepare for the kids to return Tue. Have a blessed year!

  8. MArian Affeld

    Cheers, George, and thanks for all the thoughts!

    Especially love the line ~ "We are in the people business and no matter the changes in education, no matter all of the reform that is happening, people need to come first."

    Closely parallels "my sentence" ~ great fit!!!

    "People Business" ~ truly the heart of the matter, of our existence!!!

    And a Happy Happy New Year to you, and all of your "team"!!


  9. J. Bevacqua

    Your post reminds me of what Parker Palmer writes: "We project the condition of our soul onto those that we teach". By being so vulnerable you have nourished your soul!

    This can only make you a great teacher! Well said George!

  10. I agree with Kelly George. It's your sharing of what matters to you that makes us feel as if we know you. Reading your blog at the time of your loss of Kobe was the most emotional experience I've had whilst blog reading. I can't imagine life without my dogs, although I know that I will, like you, have to face that reality one day.

    I love the way your blog is a blend of the personal and the professional. I hope you've had a positive start to 2011.

    • George

      Thanks Pam 🙂 It meant a lot to me that so many people reached out and cared. Makes the world feel small and caring. I like it better that way 🙂

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