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The Power Of Community, Part 2…

Marty and I had quite a few surprises and challenges just before we moved, while some work was being done here.

A gas leak nearly did me in…

All work being done on the house that day had to abruptly stop.

Three people were here.

We all became nauseous…

Until the problem was fixed, they had to leave. I remained. Alone. The main electrical breaker of the house had to be turned off. It was 90 degrees that day.

Yet, wondrous, serendipitious things happened, too…

My trusted licensed natural gas/propane expert, Wayne Zwarych of Earth Energy Systems, came to the rescue.

He has taken care of me and my gas Sobies BBQ for 10 years. He’s never let me down. That day, were it not for Wayne, I don’t know what would have happened. He saved the day, called the gas company, found out where the problem lay when the Inspector could not and insisted (to this Inspector’s supervisor) that my faulty gas valve be replaced. Why am I so lucky?

Meanwhile…

All the workers came back, later that day, when it was safe. They finished the work they had started. Can you believe it? They didn’t charge me extra fees for their extra time.

Three weeks ago, when we signed the papers in our lawyer’s office, I noticed a familiar name listed on the Board of our condo. You know what? This name, Lynne, as it happens, is the very person with whom I had been trying, unsuccessfully I’m afraid, to meet over a cup of coffee ~ for months. Initially, we met right here through the community of this blog, in its first incarnation at The Toronto Star ~ two lifetimes ago.

An instant neighbour and friend…

That evening, I emailed her and announced that I was going to be her neighbour. She emailed me right back and excitedly welcomed me before we had moved in. Since then, Marty and I have met her and her husband and guess what?

She has invited me to join our condominium’s Gardening Committee. Our first meeting is this Sunday evening at 7 p.m. (I’ll tell you more about that. It’s so exciting. We’re going to have a sustainable communal garden and grow flowers and vegetables and herbs, right next to my townhouse!)

And one more thing…

How joyous it is to be writing again. I was afraid I had forgotten how.

This evening, I’m in the present and musing about the joys of “community”…

I am passionate about the philosophy and the reality of “living in community” ~ for the greater good. Though for me, it’s richer and more complex than classic utilitarianism.

That’s what I’m discovering as I learn more about our new neighbourhood and our friendly and welcoming neighbours.

Do you know that yesterday, Lynne came over and helped me unpack my books? She offered. I didn’t ask her.

During our potentially catastrophic gas leak, she came by to ensure we were okay. She couldn’t miss the commotion with three big vans parked in front of our townhouse. She was concerned. She’s on the board and she’s takes her position seriously. She’s an activist, like me.

This afternoon, I dropped by her home with some flowers for her ~ a small gesture of thanks for her time, resolve, effort and kindness yesterday in helping me with my mountains of boxes of books. Also, I wanted to honour our “blooming friendship” … and we had such a lovely chat.

There’s such power in community. Can you sense why I’m feeling so positive, so happy? Can you believe it?

To be continued…

The Power Of Community, Part 2…


Sandy Naiman

Sandy Naiman is a Toronto freelance journalist.


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Naiman, S. (2019). The Power Of Community, Part 2…. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 16, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/coming-out-crazy/2010/08/the-power-of-community-part-2/

 

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