|Social Factors||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Charles R. Durrett (charles.durrettcohousingco.com)|
|Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2008 13:54:11 -0700 (PDT)|
------ Forwarded Message From: Tree Bressen <tree [at] ic.org> Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2008 11:28:28 -0700 To: <coho [at] cohousingco.com> Subject: yes to social factors Hi Chuck, Thank you *so* much for the article you wrote in the most recent Cohousing magazine online, about strengthening the social factors in order to make community living work! That's exactly the advice I've been emphasizing to groups I¹ve been working with lately. Having you out there saying it too helps bolster the message for more people who need it. I feel a little embarrassed at how many years of living in community it took me to figure out that I (and everyone else, too) was operating with huge double standards. If my buddy left a dish in the sink, I hardly minded at all; I could make up all kinds of excuses for him. But if the housemate who I was most distant from did the same thing, then of course I became terribly annoyed! Duh. Once I realized this I started making conscious efforts to stay more socially connected with folks, and to support forms for others to do that too in my community. It didn't fix all our problems, but it helped. Keep spreading the word! Cheers, Tree
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