What Does Your Destination Look Like?
This Week's Simple Tip: The coronavirus lockdown has had an effect on each one of us. While the impacts have been different, it is safe to say we have all felt exposed and unsettled. As time goes on, people are becoming more anxious and vocal about varying opinions on how to best handle the crisis. But at times like these, it is best to remember that our beliefs are formed by our experiences. Our perceptions and needs are completely different. PLEASE read the poem below written by an unknown author that articulately describes the many dynamics and emotions in our world today ...
WE ARE NOT IN THE SAME BOAT ... I heard that we are in the same boat. But it's not like that. We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Your ship can 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 whiskey or tea. For others, this is a desperate crisis. For others, it is facing loneliness. For some, peace, rest time, vacation. Yet for others, Torture: How am I going to pay my bills? Some were concerned about a brand of chocolate for Easter (this year there were no rich chocolates). Others were concerned about the bread for the weekend, or if the noodles would last for a few more days. Some were in their "home office". Others are looking through trash to survive. Some want to go back to work because they are running out of money. Others want to kill those who break the quarantine. Some need to break the quarantine to stand in line at the banks. Others to escape. Others criticize the government for the lines. Some have experienced the near-death of the virus, some have already lost someone from it, some are not sure their loved ones are going to make it, and some don't even believe this is a big deal. Some of us who are well now may end up experiencing it, and some believe they are infallible and will be blown away if or when this hits someone they know. Some have faith in God and expect miracles during 2020. Others say the worse 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. And each one will emerge, in his own way, from that storm. Some with a tan from their pool. Others with scars on the soul (for invisible reasons). It is very important to see beyond what is seen at first glance. Not just looking, more than looking, seeing. See beyond the political party, beyond biases, beyond the nose on your face. Do not underestimate the pain of others if you do not feel it. Do not judge the good life of the other, do not condemn the bad life of the other. Don't be a judge. Let us not judge the one who lacks, as well as the one who exceeds him. We are on different ships looking to survive. Let everyone navigate their route with respect, empathy and responsibility.
- Author Unknown
This Week's Focus:
This week, let's keep in mind that we are all coming from different perspectives. We all need to do our part to show respect, empathy and understanding for others even when they have different beliefs.
Click on the serenity sticky to print, cut and post on your bathroom mirror to remind you of this week's focus. Good luck!