Influence can take time to emerge. Earlier this week, I reconnected with a high school friend I hadn’t seen in 30 years. She mentioned the positive impact our teenage friendship had on her in subsequent years. I didn't realize. What seems to me like a simple action or gesture can for others carry potent meaning that we might never realize. I live in a state of faith this way, constantly hopeful that my daily actions might engender some persistent good. Sustainability issues often resist quick solutions, but respond to a multitude of influences over time. A similar faith is required. The Foresight Prep @ Oberlin College program strives to create conditions for participants to have pivotal experiences, although I’m always aware of how much we can’t control. It was edifying to read an unsolicited email like the one we received last week from a recent Prep participant, detailing how the program has already positively inflected her leadership activities. I’m writing this from Oberlin, Ohio, a town that has had an outsized influence. Several friendships that started while I was a student here have endured, grown into deep relationships, professional endeavors, even family. I watch the students in this noisy coffee shop in wonder, knowing the potential that a casual conversation, meeting, or shared idea can change so much, whether they, or we, know it yet or not.
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