Penthouse and basement

It is my last couple of weeks as planner and i have quite enjoyed the communities highest executive position.  One of the last things i will be doing is running (with a great group of advisers) the communities overall budgeting process.  There are lots of different budget lines and some knowledge about almost all of them (some from the area manager, some from the member survey we have taken, and some from the significant knowledge of the perhaps 10 people in the room).

We look at whether we can raise population to cover the requests for sabbaticals and if this will create a room crunch or a labor problem from doing this fix.  We speculate on whether good managers will return or poor ones will drop the job and perhaps the community.  Are we budgeting or are we forecasting?  We need to cut $17K, we need to cut 7K hours.  It is a lively, complex and high impact discussion.

At Acorn the painters are nearly finished.  We just need to move some boxes and bookcases and we can clear the last hall for cleaning and priming.  i try to do this with a guest who is struggling with mental health problems and they are unable to follow the simplest instruction for more than 30 seconds.  Tim (pictured below) stepped in and took their place.

Guest Tim with fire and pattern

Guest Tim with fire and pattern

It is actually one of the things i love about community, the differentiated social status of different jobs being significantly compressed in the community context.  i already have some guilt around feeling like i manage/organize too much and dont do enuf “real work” which is more physical labor.  And the rationalist part of my brain tries to justify this by considering the money saved or the work that gets completed (by others hands typically) which would not if i had not been pushing.  And there are times when i feel like perhaps all the organizing and bottleneck fighting would get done by someone else and i could just help clean the floor like almost everyone else.

balancing leads to happiness

balancing leads to happiness