As the global crisis we are experiencing evolves, a common phrase being heard is, “we are all in the same boat.”
Unfortunately, that’s not true.
We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat.
Your ship may be shipwrecked and mine may not be. Or vice versa.
For some, quarantine is optimal. A moment of reflection, a moment of re-connection.
Easy, in sweatpants and flip flops, with lazy morning coffee or tea.
For others, this is a desperate crisis.
For others it is facing loneliness.
For some, a peaceful or restful time, almost a vacation of sorts.
Yet for others, torture, worried about how to pay bills.
Some are worry free in their “home office”.
Others may be looking through trash to survive.
Some want to go back to work, because they are running out of money.
Others are criticizing those who appear to not respect the quarantine.
Some need to break the quarantine to stand in line at the grocery stores.
Others to go to work.
Some criticize the government.
Other turn to their faith, friends, or family.
Some have experienced near death from of the virus.
Others have already lost someone from it.
Some are not sure their loved ones are going to make it, while others don’t believe this is a big deal.
Some have faith in God and see miracles on the horizon.
Others say the worst is yet to come.
So, friends, as you can see, we are not in the same boat.
We are going through a time where our perceptions and needs are completely different.
And each one of us will emerge, in their own way, from this storm.
Some with a tan from their pool. Others with scars on their soul.
It is very important to see beyond what is seen at first glance. Not just looking, seeing.
Seeing beyond the political party, beyond religion, beyond the nose on your face.
Do not underestimate the pain of others, if you don’t feel it yourself.
Put simply, we are on different ships looking for ways to survive.
Let everyone navigate their route with respect, empathy, and responsibility.
(Edited and published by The Officer Next Door)