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|From: robsan (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Tue, 31 Oct 1995 09:35:24 -0600|
X-Received: from newrgate by xmtp2 with receive; Tue, 31 Oct 1995 10:35:19 GMT From: "Rob Sandelin (Exchange)" <Robsan [at] Exchange.MICROSOFT.com> To: "cohousing-l [at] uci.com" <cohousing-l [at] uci.com> Subject: Illness as a community measuring stick Date: Tue, 31 Oct 1995 06:27:14 -0800 Return-Receipt-To: <Robsan [at] Exchange.MICROSOFT.com> Encoding: 22 TEXT One of the most important aspects of community life is being able to rely on each other when you need to. When people care about each other, which is in my opinion a requirement for community, then helping each other in times of illness, death and other tragic moments is a natural. Last year two community members died, one after a long illness, and another rather suddenly. Right now a community member, a single mom, is just out of critical after having major cancer surgery. Through these events we discover what the boundaries of our community really are - and by boundaries I mean, just how far we will go to help each other. The boundary of each group depends on the relationships between the people and how committed folks are to that relationship. This commitment will define how much "community" you really have. If you want a yardstick for measuring the community level of your group, watch how people react to sudden needs for support. Rob Sandelin Sharingwood
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