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“I joined Onion River Exchange shortly after moving to Montpelier in June of 2013. It quickly became one of my favorite parts of life there - something I’d rave about to all my friends, family, and really, anyone who’d listen. I’d describe it to them in detail, explaining, “No, there really isn’t money involved,” and, “Yes, I did learn how to milk a goat just for fun!” After my first (only marginally successful) attempt at goat milking, my exchanges grew in variety, frequency, and each one was more meaningful than the last. Even when they involved mundane tasks, such as receiving a ride to the airport, or helping out with housecleaning, my exchanges opened up countless opportunities to connect with people in the community. And I think that’s really what drew me to the exchange - some of the most meaningful friendships I made in Montpelier were through ORE.” - Part 1 of 2 from Anna Tracht @ Onion River Exchange (ORE), Vermont http://ow.ly/zsRt309LmMJ . #timebankingis #community #50storiesin50days #timebanks #story #timeasmoney #goatmilking
Reflection by Edgar Cahn
We asked for top TimeBank stories and got this one about “milking a goat.” Not exactly a “do-good deed” of cosmic significance. Except maybe it does.
First, to say the least, this is hardly a likely act for a newcomer to choose. It stands out because it deviates from whatever we think newcomers do.
But second, it epitomizes a larger truth. Small acts, seemingly trivial acts create connectivity. Remembering them and sharing them creates connectivity. The telling transforms isolated acts into relationships. And the creation of a relationship does not occur in a vacuum, in some kind of glass silo.
Relationships radiate out. In doing so, relationships create context. And the creation of context is the creation of meaning. It represents a transient but irrefutable answer to the question: Why am I here? And out of such answers comes a stream of moments that in turn redefine the moment, the possibility, and the direction we choose our lives to take.