I had the opportunity this weekend to visit Colorado College in Colorado Springs for my college reunion. I had a great time, and yes, I experienced a lot of nostalgia. But what I thought about most was change. I have changed a lot since college; so has everyone else. The college itself has changed a lot, too. And it was the first time in years that I’d seen the fall leaves change.
As I contemplated all this change, most of it in the past, I was brought back to “reality” by some urgent (and important) AZSA work. It made me think about all the changes I’ve experienced in this organization – we change very quickly. But as I told my old friends all about AZSA and the work we do, I was easily able to summarize our key values. Creating innovative projects to improve the sustainability of our communities. Finding those innovative ideas by opening up to and including many different perspectives and ideas. Using teamwork to help each other learn, grow, and achieve our goals. And bonding over our shared dedication to this important work.
As we gear up for #GivingTuesday and continue to make organizational changes as we grow, I’m often looking to the year ahead and see so much potential for AZSA. However, this weekend reminded me that I don’t want to forget to look at where we’ve been, how far we’ve come, and how our core values have grounded us through all the changes we’ve made.