I am sure you have heard the expression during this pandemic, ‘We are all in the same boat.’ We are not in the same boat, but we are in the same storm. Like any storm sometimes we need help, because not all of us are affected equally. I have watched the protesters demanding we open the country as they invade the personal space of law enforcement, essential workers and reporters. I have also watched communities come together to help people obtain food for their families, hospital workers help families stay connected to loved ones fighting the virus in the hospital. I have watched the entertainment community come together to raise money to help families and businesses in need. Our congress also came together to pass the first stimulus bill to send aid to our citizens. The difference in these scenarios, some are choosing to row the boat and not rock the boat.
If we look to the countries who are successfully navigating this pandemic, it is through consistent leadership, obtaining facts from experts and working together for the common good of their people. I realize I am blessed as this pandemic has not devastated my way of life and because of this I choose to row and help people I can within the limits of what I can do. I choose to brighten someone’s day with a card or a call. I will donate to my local food bank. I order takeout from a local restaurant once a week. This is my way of rowing the boat.
I believe until we put politics aside and truly help each other, we are in for very rough seas over the next six months to a year. I choose to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. I will continue to follow social distancing guidelines to keep me and my family safe. This protects our medical facilities for not just virus patients, but all patients. Remember, heart attacks, cancer, strokes and all other serious illnesses did not stop happening because of this virus. If we overwhelm our healthcare workers, they will not be there for us or our loved ones when they are needed. Same is to be said for all essential workers. We must try to keep people safe so they can perform their jobs to keep our economy going and help us get to the other side.
What can you do to row the boat?