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  1. Amber Teamann

    It is absolutely ok. Re-evaluating priorities is always a good thing, even with all that YOU do to inspire, motivate, and encourage.

    Putting yourself first and thinking about your future…it’s like that message on an airplane. Put on YOUR oxygen mask, then help others. I hope after ISTE you’re able to focus on you. 🙂

    ps: Salads in Texas may not be like salads in Canada, yeehaw!

  2. Leslie Whittington

    That is more than enough, friend. Have been doing a lot of that same evaluating lately. Love what Amber said. You’ve banked a lot with all of us out here, it’s perfectly ok to just be. Take care and see you in San Antonio.

  3. Janelle McLaughlin

    It’s definitely enough. My husband lost his mom five years ago, and it was shortly after that time that he completely reevaluated his life, quit his job and went back to school full time. It was something he needed to do, something he should do, and yet, the last three years have been some of the hardest on our family. This year (North American school year) has been the toughest to face for different reasons. I felt that it was an accomplishments sometimes to just make it through the day. I, for one, learn so much from your blogs and thank you for your openness. Enjoy ISTE.

    • George

      Thank you for sharing that Janelle. I appreciate you opening up and sharing your experience. Hope you are well!

  4. Sarah Dalzell

    Survival Mode… your timing with this post is impeccable as I find I am currently in a state of survival mode myself.
    …You didn’t just make it, you have thrived and have been an inspiration and a source of motivation for many, including myself.
    Your strength truly is admirable.

    Thank you for sharing
    -Sarah

    • George

      Thanks Sarah…Be strong this week on your trip. It is tough but important that you honour your grandpa.

  5. Julie Balen

    George,

    When we lose a loved one, maybe especially a parent, we become members in a club no one wants to join. We do carry on, but you are right, we are forever changed. The more special a moment, the greater the feelings of loss. Regular days are manageable in time, holidays and family events take longer.

    But you have your writing to carry you through. What a blessing! The writing process will help you transform or redefine yourself in your new reality. Will you be as inspirational as you were before March? Yes, and quite possibly more so.

    It took me 17 years to really write about my mom. And it took meeting people like you, Alec, Dean, Alison, Alan, and all of my etmooc colleagues to teach me the value of sharing my learning. For what it’s worth, here is my digital story about my mom: http://cowbird.com/story/69007/My_Mothers_Voice/

    Keep writing George.

    Julie

    • George

      I read your blog and it resonated. Every parent’s legacy is their children and how your mom shaped you, you will shape your kids. Thanks for being so open 🙂

  6. Vincent Day

    Writing can be therapy my friend. I find it much easier to relay how I’m feeling through the written word rather than the spoken. If ya can’t talk about it…write about it. At any rate, keep writing…it makes us human in an otherwise virtual world. Your strength during your time at SCH inspired me buddy. Cheers

  7. David Ruhman

    You will find many more events in life like this one. Some sad, and some happy (birth of child, wedding, etc.). One thing you need to always count on, the good peoe you work with and the motivation you get from others. In all teaching your students understand and will give you room for ‘life’ to happen. Have a great summer!

  8. sking58

    I do not know you, but follow you (and your brother) on Twitter and through your blog posts. I find your writing here and your tweets/links to be thought-provoking and often inspriring. I appreciate your aking the time to share this personal perspective about how such a significant loss has impacted you and your work-life.
    I had a brief exchange with your brother a bit ago and had shared that my mom had passed away 3 years ago and the loss continues to be a difficult one for me. However, I had attributed the nagging feeling of dissatistfaction in my work-life that I have been experiencing to other events more directly connected to my career. Your post made me wonder if those feelings may have to do more with not having worked through some aspects of my grief – most significantly the realization that our time with our loved ones is limited and unknown and the realization that I have not always lived my life with that awareness.

    So, what may be therapy for you is also a wonderful gift to me; thank you for sharing a bit of yourself! I wish you a relaxing and joyful summer!

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