When we entered this pandemic, there were a lot of messages
and media being sent from phone to phone, some were uplifting, some included
false warnings and others complete nonsense! However, we recently received this
one from an anonymous sender and we think it hits us just right…
“Perspective: We are not in the same boat.
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.
For some that live alone they’re facing endless loneliness. While for others it
is peace, rest & time with their mother, father, sons & daughters.
With the weekly increase in unemployment some are bringing in more money to
their households than they were working. Others are working more hours for less
money due to pay cuts or loss in sales.
For some not getting on with Family domestic abuse is rife…we never know what
goes on behind closed doors.
Some were concerned about getting a certain chocolate for Easter, while others
were concerned if there would be enough bread, milk and eggs for the weekend.
Some are home spending 2-3 hours/day helping their child with online schooling,
while others are spending 2-3 hours/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 from it and some are not sure if their loved ones are going to make it.
Others don’t believe this is a big deal.
So, friends, we are not in the same boat. We are going through a time when our
perceptions and needs are completely different. Each of us will emerge, in our
own way, from this storm. It is very important to see beyond what is seen at
first glance. Not just looking, actually seeing. We are all on different ships
during this storm experiencing a very different journey.“
So, let’s be kind and support one another and find time to be grateful and
enjoy life’s smallest pleasures!