The Pursuit of Opportunity
Published: Friday, September 27, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 4, 2013 12:10
I’ll be honest, I was a little bummed when I looked at my planner and was reminded that I had to attend Professor Cohen’s and Professor Sweeney’s readings in Rehm Library on September 12th. I mean seriously, of all the ways I could spend my Thursday night...
Both readings turned out to be fantastic. Professor Sweeney started by sharing some poems from her newly released collection titled, Hand Me Down. Each poem in the collection focuses on a particular object that has been left behind or handed down.
While telling of an object and of its r elation to her, Professor Sweeney packs her lines with language that paints pictures in the mind’s eye. During the Q and A session, Professor Sweeney told of how she feels more herself writing poetry. She said that it’s through writing that we can communicate emotions we can’t necessarily talk about.
Next, Professor Cohen read some excerpts from her book, I Don’t Know: In Praise of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn’t). The book was published the day of the reading. In her book, Professor Cohen grapples with something we often struggle to do: Say, “I don’t know.” It’s hard to admit we don’t know something! It’s especially hard when admitting that ignorance makes us vulnerable. Professor Cohen told of how we crave uncertainty but can’t have it. She acknowledged how much we are not in control, and how much must remain mysterious and unknowable. I thought Professor Cohen’s words were particularly apt for the beginning of the school year and starting anew. Professor Cohen, as learnt from her mother, talked of how showing reverence to mystery can create limitless peace within us.
More than anything, the readings in Rehm library were a reminder me of just how much Holy Cross has to offer. There are all kinds of events, going on ALL of the time. There are so many opportunities; we just have to pursue them. If you get an email (one of the MANY) or see a poster about an event that sounds even remotely intriguing to you, then do your best to go! I didn’t know how much I was going to enjoy the readings in Rehm Library. Afterward, I was so glad I went. I plan on going to many more events like this in the future. Four years goes by too fast for us to waste time passing up opportunity. We all ought to do our best to make the most of it.