Sometimes people come to visit the Community and comment on things that I take for granted or just plain don’t pay attention to. Two of our teachers from Chicago were here to work with Elements Theatre Company as we prepared for Henrik Ibsen’s “Pillars of the Community” at the end of November. After two full days of working, one of them stopped and said to us how impressed she was by our commitment to each other. She had been working with three actors, and then sent two to go work on their scene, but they asked if they could stay as she worked with the third person, both to learn from her, and to support their fellow actor. She said how much this meant to her — to see our common commitment to each other, and to the process of doing our personal work which would allow us to be truthful in telling the story. Both teachers agreed that this is a special thing when you find it in a company. I was pondering this today because my first thought was “this is just what we do.” But the truth is, we don’t have to. We could show up, learn our parts, and leave. But it’s not that we are so special — it’s actually a “by-product” of our commitment to God — our vows. Our Rule of Life in the Chapter on the Vow of Stability says “Stability also involves a commitment to persevere with others in this place…we are promising to bear with one another at all times and to be always present for one another in the pursuit of God.” Whether that pursuit is in our work, our artistic endeavors, or cooking a meal — we are not in it alone. And that is special.