We are in the same storm, but 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 drink 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.
Some are bringing in more money to their households.
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 an egg 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 support and are running out of money.
Some are home spending 2-3 hours/day helping their child with online schooling.
Others are spending 2-3 hours/day to educate their children on top of a 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.
Please realise that and be kind.
Who is in the boat with you in the storm? Could your boat be a lifeboat? We can pray, love, care and share where we can in the midst of this storm.
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