Re: Sharing activities
From: Elizabeth Stevenson (
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 14:48:36 -0700 (MST)
This is more in answer to Rob's post than this one, but I'm sort of 
expanding upon Racheli's theme.

I'm not trusting the idea that we should only play together and not work,
unless we deem it "fun". Work has its own rewards that fun does not, and I
believe going through experiences together makes work even more valuable.
Accomplishing a task that is at least marginally unpleasant builds
character, and I'm not afraid to say it! It's easy to have fun together, but
I'm not sure you can build community without at least some adversity. Our
parents didn't give us chores because we couldn't afford a maid(well, mine
couldn't, but you get my meaning). They gave them to us to instill a sense
of responsibility to our family and to learn the reward of a job well done.

I think doing as much of the work as possible ourselves is important.
Otherwise, it's just a very friendly condo with no depth of commitment.

Liz Stevenson
Southside Park Cohousing
Sacramento, California

>From: Racheli&John<jnpalme [at]>
>To: Multiple recipients of list <cohousing-l [at]>
>Subject: Re: Sharing activities: Was  size and management companies
>Date: Mon, Jan 29, 2001, 12:50 PM

> ** Reply to note from floriferous [at] Mon, 29 Jan 2001 12:50:42 -0600
>>From Racheli
> I agree that a group should prioritize what they
> want to do with their time - as a group.
> I would like, though, to suggest that doing things
> for ourselves (as opposed to hiring someone to do
> it for us) can be a source of satisfaction.
> One of the major ways to determine what should be
> done in-house, is to find out whether there is a
> person, or persons, who are interested in doing
> the particular job in question.  If a group has
> someone who just loves doing accounting-type
> work (don't ask me why :)) then there is no reason
> to hire someone to do it.  If everybody hates to do
> this sort of stuff, then it might make sense to pay
> to get the job done.
> R.

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