Part of my job is to convince people that life on the commune is better than their life (if it really is, of course). Some days this is easy. Today was one of those days.
Rejoice and i chased down an uncooperative goat this morning, usually they can all be rounded up by a single person. Today, however, this goat was being temperamental and required special handling.
It is the busy season, and everyone knows it. There is a busy atmosphere around the place, but it is not stressed. We are getting it done, picking, packing and shipping hundreds of orders each day. Part of what has been making it work is that we have been blessed by a rain of wonderful East Winders. Thirteen of them came on this trip and they have been huge in getting all manner of things done. After the last East Wind LEX trip i think it is fair to say Acorn has a major motion picture intercommunity crush going on.
We are coming to the end of the construction at the new seed office, which we might be calling “The Ark” because it looks something like and arc (Acorn does not use regular naming party technology and thus names can be in indeterminate states). The crane has served us well and this afternoon we decided to take rides on it so we could see the surrounding area. The above short movie is Loch from East Wind riding for a bit.
For me it is wonderful to have GPaul around so regularly. Besides scheming and dreaming together – it just turns out he is incredibly handy to have around. From fixing laptop screens to getting the frozen water pump pipe operating again (both of these he did today). His sage wisdom for the day came from the experience of getting the water back on. “Don’t believe the cause of the problem when someone reports it to you, focus instead on the symptoms.” [Turns out the water was not frozen in the pipes in the building as several people had suggested, but rather a minor switch problem at the pump.]
There was not enough light in the Ark hallway to take pictures of the dance, but the good bye party is hopping. But i know when the party dies down – already some time after midnight, a bunch of inspired communards will pick the last hundred orders for the day, after almost everyone else in the county is asleep. They will do it joyfully, voluntarily, without a boss telling them what to do or tracking their hours and will feel like they are part of a right livelihood business that is helping start more resource sharing communities in the region.
What did you do today?
Many different things draw people to my communities: Tiny carbon footprint, holistic culture, no bosses, right livelihood, healthy lifestyle, full employment, inclusive decision making, almost no crime, strong consent culture and much more.
But when we really want to tug on someone’s heartstrings, we pull out the baby goats.
Rejoice took many of these pictures. You can read the full blog post about winter harvest and baby goats on the Acorn Blog.
[Edited by Judy Youngquest]