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FROM THE PRESIDENT

President’s May Message

Dear Members,

I hope this newsletter finds you sheltering in place, and both physically and mentally healthy. I know it has been a difficult time and we are looking forward to getting our lives back. This month I want to share the following post that helped to put it in perspective. Food for thought, from a post on NEXTDOOR: Some people are terrified of the virus and won’t leave their homes. Some people are terrified of losing their homes, businesses and not being able to pay their bills or feed their families. Both are valid.

We are not in the same boat. I heard we are all in the same boat, but it’s not like that. We are in the same storm, but it’s not 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, a reconnection, easy in flip-flops, with a cocktail or coffee. For others, this is a desperate financial and family crisis. Some who live alone face endless loneliness. For others it is peace, rest, and time with their mother, father, sons and 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 four just received $3400 from the stimulus while other families of four saw $0. Some were concerned about getting a certain kind of Easter candy 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 a day helping a child with online schooling while others are spending 2-3 hours a day to educate their child 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’re going through a time when our perceptions and needs are completely different. Each of us will emerge in our own way from the storm. It is very important to see beyond what is seen at first glance. Not just looking but actually seeing. We are all on different ships during the storm experiencing a very different journey. ~ Author unknown

Sincerely,

Pat Peterson

President

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