I found this blog a quite difficult to write. It’s hard for me to find the right words to fully describe the commonwealth assets I see in my community. First I’ll begin with what, or whom, I consider my community. I consider my community to be Taos in its entirety. The Pueblo, the town, its surroundings, all of it. I have so many friends and family in Taos, and so many areas I’m attracted too that I consider all of Taos as my home. During the mapping assignment, I found nearly all of the commonwealth assets to be present in some way, but some stood out more than others. I found those commonwealth assets to be: Sense of Place, Spirituality, History, and Arts & Culture.
All of these assets are interdependent, but the asset all the others fall under, or fuel, is a Sense of Place. There is something about Taos one cannot explain, it attracts people from all walks of life. Its scenery and tri-cultural history, inspire and create artists, and create a sense of spirituality that can only be felt and not explained. I believe that’s what make people love and want to stay in Taos. Taos then becomes their home and all other commonwealth assets such as foodshed, water cycle, health, and education, in our community becomes important to them, which binds us all together. I feel this gives not only me but the people in my community a sense of place. We know if we take care of our home, it will take care of us.