RE-Juicing the Common Ground with Rowan Duczek
13.) Agreements – I respect the law of the land, keep agreements I have made, and do not break or try to evade any Community guidelines.
Within my circle of friends I do not know anyone who consciously sets out to break the law of the land. After all, most of us are not born here but are effectively guests in Scotland. We have made Moray and Findhorn not only our place of residence but also our beloved adopted home. This is certainly the case for me and mine. While I visit Germany occasionally, still having siblings in Hamburg, I find that after about a week I experience a definite ‘home-sickness’ for the Scottish skies, the geese, the feeling that here I have room to breathe.
When it comes to agreements, I am certain that all of us will have broken some at some time in our lives, often not because of ‘ill will’ but because of a change in circumstances. I am also careful not to make agreements with myself at New Year that I already know I will not keep.
When it comes to community guidelines like the Common Ground, I have to admit that I find it much easier to point the finger at someone else than to look at ‘the beam in my own eye’. It is so easily done, such a habitual response, but at least I notice more quickly when I am doing it. Then, it is good to remind myself of guideline 7. REFLECTION. This is, after all the very reason why I have embarked on this writing project; to discover and reflect how alive the Common Ground is in my life.
I am quite certain that if I would repeat this exercise in a year’s time, different insights would emerge. So, thank you for reading my ‘musings’ and for the kind feedback I have received. And if it has stimulated some of you to reflect on what you have signed up to when deciding to live in this community, then – all the better!