Sometimes you will hear me preaching “do the work that matters.” When I talk about the work that matters, this may not be the work that you are paid to do from 9-5 Monday through Friday. As Seth Godin says, sometimes “the job is not the work.” The work that matters is the work that makes an impact and changes the world for the better.
A precise example would be my 5th grade teacher, who I was lucky enough to have AGAIN my sophomore year of high school. Not only was Mr. Geason my English teacher – he was a mentor, a support system and an ideal role model of someone who truly cares for the well being and growth of others.
Mr. Geason did what all teachers had to do on a daily basis: show up, take attendance, grade tests and so on. But what Mr. Geason also did was work that mattered. Work that wasn’t required. Work that made an everlasting impact to not only my life but to many other students that I personally know. Mr. Geason took the extra time out of his busy day to ask how we were, personally. He took the extra time to connect with students, all students – no matter their strengths or weaknesses. Mr. Geason had the power to make us feel like a better person every time we left his classroom. Not to mention I don’t think there was a day I caught him without a huge smile..
Mr. Geason CARED. And this is the work that matters. The work that leaves everlasting impressions and provides exponential positive impact on the world we live in.
Today it was brought to my attention that Mr. Geason has been diagnosed with cancer. My heart is heavy. OUR hearts are heavy. It is blatantly obvious by the outpouring of support and donations that Mr. Geason was certainly an impact to many. Please check out the GoFundMe page if you have not already and make a donation and share the link to help an inspirational hero of a teacher with the financial burden he has ahead. We are all here for you Mr. Geason, we wish you a speedy recovery.
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