My Dad’s extended family shares a lake cabin outside of Spokane, Washington, where we are currently enjoying a paradise-like existence. Someone asked my cousin, Jenny, how it works to maintain a shared place like this. In her words: “when you see something that needs to be done you do it.” She said this after driving out after work to replenish the supply of clean towels, sheets, and drinking water for us after their stay here the previous week.

I loved the simplicity of her response. No ego. No martyrdom. Just a recipe for mutuality and servanthood.

Cabins can bring out the best in people I think.

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