|RE: Sharing activities||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Eileen McCourt (emccourtmindspring.com)|
|Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 21:27:06 -0700 (MST)|
I don't even do my own housework, (and I'm not afraid to say it)! I don't disagree that working together builds character and community, but there is work involved in planning and executing the "fun" activities as well. And gardening and cooking for others are things that bring me a lot more satisfaction than taking out the garbage, and shoveling snow - but I live in California, so I NEVER shovel snow. It's a matter of priorities - mine are not for routine tasks that I can get help with. I have many opportunities in my life to build character and there are certain types of character building experiences I can live without. --eileen emccourt [at] mindspring.com phone 650-691-1195 fax 650-691-0195 mobile 650-766-0889 -----Original Message----- From: cohousing-l [at] freedom2.mtn.org [mailto:cohousing-l [at] freedom2.mtn.org]On Behalf Of Elizabeth Stevenson Sent: Monday, January 29, 2001 1:25 PM To: Multiple recipients of list Subject: Re: Sharing activities 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] attglobal.net> >To: Multiple recipients of list <cohousing-l [at] freedom2.mtn.org> >Subject: Re: Sharing activities: Was size and management companies >Date: Mon, Jan 29, 2001, 12:50 PM > > ** Reply to note from floriferous [at] msn.com 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. > >
Re: Sharing activities Elizabeth Stevenson, January 29 2001
- RE: Sharing activities Eileen McCourt, January 29 2001
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