What About the Others? #SOL20 Day 16/31

What About the Others?

I am one of the fortunate ones. I have an incredible view to gaze at while I practice my social distancing. What about those that have no view?

I am one of the fortunate ones. I have a trail to hike in the woods right behind my house. What about those that have no way to get out in the wild?

I am one of the fortunate ones. I have access to paper books to read. What about those that have no books on their shelves?

I am one of the fortunate ones. I have the ability to participate in my fitness class live on zoom. What about those that have no way to practice self-care?

I am one of the fortunate ones. I have the ability to get online quickly and freely, and on a choice of devices. What about those that have no access?

I am one of the fortunate ones. I have no children at home to keep busy while I get my work done at home. What about those that have to juggle work and kids?

Having all these “luxuries” is bearing down hard on my mind this morning. We are in such uncharted waters and there are no direct or right paths to follow. As we move forward, my hope is that we can continue to balance the needs of all our families as these decisions are made.

 

I am excited to be writing daily in the March Slice of Life Challenge as hosted by Two Writing Teachers. This marks the fifth year I have participated in the 31 day challenge, writing and sharing a blog post each day.  I look forward to the growth in noticing the small moments in my life and capturing them on my blog.  I know I will be a better teacher of writers because of this work. 

10 Replies to “What About the Others? #SOL20 Day 16/31”

  1. That word “balance” is suddenly huge, isn’t it? And I am always inspired by the way you put others first, Christine. It’s true and real and I know while you count your blessings each day, your heart is always full of empathy.

  2. I love the “I am one of the fortunate ones…” with each ending with a question. I feel what you wrote. I am on my couch, with my doggie, enough food and college kids who manage themselves. Many students in my school are not as fortunate as I am.

  3. This post is so poignant and speaks the equity issues of the closures… who can “afford” to stay home. I like the way you used a pattern to share your thoughts and juxtapose your ideas.

    1. The words came quickly and from a few days of churning through those thoughts. So much to consider when we think of the online learning that is being passed on.

  4. I, too, have been pondering the ways in which I am fortunate in these times. Interestingly, while my circumstances are different, I still count some of those things among my “luxuries” – so my list of fortunate things includes my children, who give me focus and make me laugh while we are home and my urban setting which means that many things are easy to access. Reading your list helped me see that the trick might lie in finding fortune in the circumstances we have & thinking about helping those who are in situations where they need help (and I mean resources, money, etc) to be able to feel safe and fortunate.

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