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Same Storm Different Ship

Hi friends,

Lots going on here and nothing going on here. We don’t know what day it is anymore but that really doesn’t matter at the moment. Miles and I are doing really well and are fortunate to be folks in this COVID storm with our very own big boat. We’re very grateful. We know this is not the case for everyone and we feel for ya if this has been tough, and we sincerely hope it gets better soon.

The following “Same Storm Different Ship” has been making the rounds and I wanted to also include it on Pineapple Posts. When the current COVID darkness is all over, I wanted to have this to look story to look back on. So many people are experiencing this in so many different ways. For those of you have experienced deep sadness through this or lost a loved one we wish you so much healing, peace, and love.

I view now as the point when everything changes. And I don’t mean, in a we’re all going to wear masks forever way, I mean in a way where we’re all finally awake, and now suddenly see things clearly that we never even thought to question before.

Never before have we seen anything like this. And never before have I seen anything that could potentially be so uniting as we realize we’re all connected — we’re all one.

We are all one. We’re all connected. This is a universal truth I’ve studied and known for decades but only now do I truly get it. The coronavirus, it’s lack of discrimination in who it affects, and the mass devastation that has come with it has the potential to blow open peoples hearts to truly create a better world. Nothing — not our planet, not ourselves — will ever be the same.

The coronavirus has the potential to actually unite the planet. The coronavirus has the potential to wake people up. The coronavirus has the potential to make everyone realize that everyones life has purpose and meaning. The coronavirus has the potential to prove there is value in peoples service that may have previously been taken for granted. The coronavirus has the potential to leave us in a state of lasting gratitude for our fellow man and what they contribute to society.

Gratitude not only for our doctors and nurses, but also for our mail carrier, UPS guy, and Amazon delivery gal. Gratitude for our grocery store clerks. Gratitude for the restauranteurs who opened-up to bring nourishment curb-side so you don’t have to touch a door knob. Gratitude for all the front line workers.

And, dare I say, with that awareness and lasting gratitude should come higher compensation for their service.

Here’s the “Same Storm Different Ship” story that’s been floating around the internet. Really makes you think . . .

Same Storm Different Ship

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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 when 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 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.

Realize that and be kind.

Lots of love,

Jennifer (+ Miles)

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