I know that there are many people who are dealing with the cuurent pandemic and the fall out from it in many different ways. I know that the stress and the pain are very real and my heart hurts for everyone affected including my own family. It hurts not to be able to go and hug my children and my 2 precious grand children who have both had birthdays during this time and we celebrated via facetime. I encourage you during this time to look for trusted sources for positive reinforcement and support. I thought a lot about the many things I could share in this weeks Blog post and I decided to share something I saw and shared on Facebook because it was truly meaningful. I hope that you get something meaningful out of it.
I have 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 financial 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.
Some families of 4 just received money from the stimulus while other families of 4 saw nothing.
Some 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 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.
Some have faith in God and expect miracles during this 2020. Others say the worst is yet to come.
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 think before you lash out and make judgments! PLEASE be kind. We ARE all struggling in some way!! ??
We are all individuals. Don’t measure yourself by what others are going through. This is how you should feel...this is what you should be doing... Take the lessons, the tools and the inspiration and apply it to your life. Find a way to move forward one step at a time day by day. Be kind to each other and also to yourself.
And if you need something and I can help I will so reach out. No judgement. Now questions asked. Just compassion and help. We all need help at times.