I received this in an email and thought it was worth passing along.

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 $600 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 $3400 from the stimulus while other families of 4 saw $0.

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.

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Hoping you are all safe and well riding all this out.  For me it’s looking like I’m going to come out of this with some extra weight.  In hind sight I should have taken some time-management classes so I don’t spend the extra time looking in the fridge.




6 responses to ““WE ARE NOT IN THE SAME BOAT”

  1. What a perfect analogy for this situation. I saw a post on Facebook yesterday of someone who’s upset that they can’t go back to work. I wanted to respond and say wait a minute. We all need to pause and not let this thing get any bigger. But I stopped. Because some people are having a harder time through this, be it financially or balancing work-from-home and schooling children. I stopped to remember exactly what you just said, that while we are weathering the same storm, the method and outcome could be very different. Sigh. I pray for people to survive, stay healthy, have food on their tables, beds with roofs over them. Every day I pray.

  2. Thank you Laurie. It will pass. All storms do.

  3. How very true this is. Same storm, but different ships and a different journey. It pays to remember this when we get angry at other people who are not doing what we think they should be doing. Everyone has their story! Thanks for the reminder, Lavada.

  4. Sometimes I need the reminder. This just isn’t easy.

  5. thanks for posting that. It was very true and moving. I feel for those in dire straits.

    And stay away from the fridge. I am still working but I seem to be finding my way to the fridge too often, too. Jillian

  6. This is so true. We are inclined to forget people cope differently in difficult situations. Thankfully and hopefully we are now moving past this horrible time in the world. Thanks for sharing. x

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