Sarah’s Snippets – 4/12/2016
Expectations can be misleading and sometimes can subsequently lead us astray. Expectations train us to avoid anticipating a situation; that is the way we humans instinctively prepare for each step in life’s daily journey. Past experiences largely dictate our expectations. Therefore it is especially surprising when the expectations we anticipate are replaced with a reality that is so much better.
This past weekend Dr. Marion Terenzio was inaugurated as the 12th president of SUNY Cobleskill. In preparing to attend the event, I expected there to be the usual pomp and circumstance to signify the importance of such an occasion. I also anticipated the speeches to be mildly interesting to dry, the seats to get hard, and to feel a certain disconnect since I’m not part of the academic world.
The reality of the ceremony was a pleasant surprise! The afternoon gathering was a mix of joyful experiences that included poetry, vocal and instrumental music, youth contributions, Mohawk blessings, inspirational speakers, and engaging conversations. It was truly an enriching experience made both powerful and impactful by everyone’s participation and positivity. The guests cheered on.
“There is nothing like that exquisite moment when you first discover the beauty of connecting with others in celebration of larger ideals and shared wisdom.” Gordon Gee Another event last week also held pleasant surprises. The VISTA planned Volunteer Recognition event was held last Tuesday evening. Numerous people who have shared their time and talents with this community during the past 4 1/2 years attended and heard words of gratitude from the NYS Comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli as well as local mayors John Borst and Doug Plummer. But it was the words of the volunteers themselves that were so touching.
The attendees shared how meaningful their volunteer work in the county is to them. They conveyed a connection and fulfillment by their efforts. The guests spoke about being driven by the spirit of resilience and graciousness that they feel from area residents. Furthermore, they went on to share, unexpectedly so, that they are willing and wanting to work with SALT to further enable the renewal process in its effort to keep Schoharie County moving forward. Wow!
These two events are illustrations of just what Gordon Gee meant in the above quote: “There is nothing like that exquisite moment when you first discover the beauty of connecting with others in celebration of larger ideals and shared wisdom.” Exquisite moments, indeed!