I heard that we are all in the same boat, but it’s not like that. We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Your ship could be shipwrecked and mine might not be. Or vice versa.
For some, quarantine is optimal. A moment of reflection, of re-connection, easy in flip flops, with a cocktail or coffee. For others, this is a desperate financial & family crisis.
Some that live alone are facing endless loneliness. While for others it is peace, rest and family time with their mother, father, sons & daughters.
Some, with the $600 weekly increase in unemployment – for those lucky enough to actually receive it — are bringing in more money to their households than they were when working. Others are working more hours for less money due to pay cuts or loss in sales.
Some families of four just received $3400 from the stimulus while other families of 4 will get $0.
Some employers just got the EDL funding. Some will get nothing and have to layoff everyone and close their doors forever.
Some people were concerned about getting a certain candy for Easter while others were concerned if there would be enough bread, milk, and eggs for the weekend.
Some want to go back to work, because they don’t qualify for unemployment and are running out of money. Others want to kill those who break the quarantine.
Some publicly march, rant, rave and protest they’ve lost their freedom, while others lie desperately Ill, all freedom gone as they just wait to die.
Some are home spending 2-3 hours a day helping their child with online schooling while others are spending 2-3 hours a day to educate their children on top of a 10-12 hour workday.
Some have experienced the near death of the virus, some have already lost someone they love to it, and some are not sure if their loved ones are going to make it. Others don’t believe this is a big deal.
Some have faith in God and expect miracles will save us. Others say the worst is yet to come.
We are all on different ships during this life-changing storm – each of us experiencing a very different journey, one that can change without warning. You might be floating on a yacht today, and tomorrow, suddenly find yourself floating on a sinking life preserver next to your shipwrecked boat. Then, along could come a yacht to haul you aboard and save you.
So, friends, we are not in the same boat, maybe not even floating on the same sea. We are going through a time when our perceptions and needs are completely different.
All of us who emerge from this storm, will do so in our own way. Riding it out, It is vitally important to see beyond what is seen at first glance. Not just looking, actually seeing. Not judging and blaming, but understanding and offering compassion.