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, a time to relax 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 immediate family.
With the $600 weekly increase in unemployment some are bringing in more money to their households than when they were working. Others are working more hours for less money, due to pay cuts or loss in sales.
Some families of 4 just received $3400 from the stimulus, while other families of 4 saw $0.
Some were concerned about their favorite restaurant closing, 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 enforce the quarantine until a cure is found.
Some are home spending 2-3 hours/day helping their child with online schooling, while others are spending 10-12 hours working from home.
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 the response matches the threat.
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 experiencing this storm as a very different journey.
*Now we need to be on the lookout for those getting swamped and bring them aboard those boats that have room.