1. Dean

    i hesitated about whether or not to share that. In was thinking about my purpose. Did people really need to know that? Aren't some things meant to be private family moments?

    Ultimately I realized that I didn't really have a choice. I've chosen for a long time to share many things from my personal life. Agree or disagree, it's been a conscious choice, something that Bud Hunt calls "purposeful transparency". People know I had dogs, they know about my kids, they know about my wife, they know me as a person, not just an educator. Again, that's my choice. That means I would not be true to that if I did not share that. That's one of the potential hazards for many in being an open book.

    Turns out, I really was looking for sympathy, more for my daughter than anything else. I don't mind saying that. I think many almost felt an obligation to show sympathy, and in your case George, empathy. What a gift it was for my daughter and family to have other, strangers and friends, pour out their sympathy.

    Many couldn't imagine sharing such things with strangers. I wouldn't have it any other way.

    I don't think it's for everyone but I wouldnt have it any other way.

  2. Melissa

    I have only been following and learning from Dean for a couple of months, but I too noticed his willingness to share and reach out in real ways. It is nice to know that people are willing to trust a "community" with some of their most personal stories. It builds the personal side of relationships which in turn helps the professional side of them. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Wow George! What an amazing post! Dean, I'm so glad that you shared this too! When I started using social media, I was determined to just use it for educational purposes, and in many ways I do, but along with my educational tweets are also tweets about "me." I think that there's value in making ourselves transparent and "human," and the connections that I've made as a result, are huge! George, your post reminded me about the importance of these connections!

    Dean, my thoughts are with you and your family right now! I've had to experience a similar terrible loss twice now, and I know exactly what your daughter is feeling. I wish that there was something I could do to make this better for you and your family!

    Thanks again for the post, George!

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