Lesson in Wisdom from George Smith, former Superintendent of Mesa Public Schools.

BE OPEN TO LEARNING AT ALL TIMES- A few years ago, my husband and I sat next to a man while I was waiting to give blood. Instead of staring at my phone, or being annoyed with the long wait, I spoke to the man next to me. Little did I know, I was sitting next to George Smith, a longtime educator and former Superintendent of Mesa Schools. He’s the one that Smith Junior High in Mesa is named after! The next hour I will remember forever. I learned first hand from Mr. Smith how he hired all the leaders in education I used to call on with Pearson Education, and a ton of other stories I would never had been privy to….if I had not been open to learning! We were so sad to hear of his passing last year.


Wisdom Activity– Discuss the choices you have in this situation and some possible outcomes.

You are sitting at the doctor’s office, in a room full of people who are also anxiously waiting their appointment. You look at your watch and are annoyed as you think “Wow, I have been waiting an hour” and the receptionist says “it looks like there is an hour wait still.”

What do you do?

  1. Sit and keep waiting?
  2. Make small talk with the person next to you thinking they may be interesting?
  3. Get up and leave and come back another day?
  4. Complain and grumble under your breath?

Possible Outcome-You never know who you could be sitting next to and the wisdom you can acquire from a conversation with another.

What experience have YOU had in this type of situation? Post below in the comments section. I would love to hear about it.

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