“Those of us within certain traditions and cultures have, for centuries, had a commitment to using our talents and energies to help make things better. We do this by living and working together in communities.
We must look at ourselves, our nation and the rest of the world, we must look at where we are, the work that we do and see if we are in harmony or out of tune. And wherever we sense or experience the possibility of concentrating our energy -that’s what work is, the concentration of energy – wherever we see that possibility to make a situation better, we can work together to make a difference, to make things happen. It’s not only the big things, the global issues of hunger, world peace and unity, human rights and freedom, for which we work, but the little things that count too…the trust of young children, the doubt and skepticism of older children, the mystery of love, its patient permanence and incredible understanding – these things count for so very much.
We have many opportunities to concentrate our energies, to be one with each other, other people and events. As I reflect on this work to which I am called, I am ever more certain that our preparation of young people is preparation for life, not merely a college or university. It is an exciting challenge and I am fortunate to have many able and enthusiastic colleagues. I look forward to our work together and I am counting on you to help make things better.” GRG – September 22, 1985, Bryn Mawr, PA.
I am grateful that so many of my former students and colleagues have done exactly that for the past 50 years. They have gone out and they continue to go out and help make things better. I am proud and humbled to have been part of their journeys and I thank them for their enormous contributions.