Whether it came from South China Sea or Indian Ocean, we are in the same storm.

We are navigating the same storm, but we are in different boats.

The waves may capsize yours while gently rocking mine, or just the other way around.

For some, quarantine is a moment of reflection and for others a complete dejection.

For some it is a time of re-connection with family and the self, while for some it is a tragic separation.

Some are happy to go within, while others are sad and depressed.

Some are at peace – even though alone, others are restless even amongst their own.

Some are drowning their sorrows in a drink, while others are out there helping the sick.

Some lament the absence of fine dining and gourmet meals, while others are concerned about bread for their next meal.

For many Home has become their Office and some have lost their home as well as the office.

Some lives are completely shattered by the virus and there are some for whom this is no big deal.

Some believe it is man made, and others say it is all in the stars.

Either way this too shall pass…

And when the storm passes, each of us will emerge different.

Some stronger, some unscathed, some scarred, some on a stretcher, and some may not make it at all.

It is wise to see beyond our own conditioning and perceptions.

To see beyond our politics, beyond religion, beyond race, beyond the nose on our face.

Let us remember we are on different boats, but we are in it together.

Let us navigate through the storm gently, with respect, with empathy, with love.

Ludolph Bakhyusen – Pinterest

I wish and pray that you and your dear ones come out of the pandemic safe and strong β€” physically, mentally and spiritually. Love and hugs πŸ€— πŸ’–πŸ€—

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  1. Thank you so much Richard for your insightful words. True – the biggest boat isn’t necessarily the best !!

  2. Inspiring perspective! Indeed, each of us has been navigating the same storm. Beyond the storm, we have been left to figure so much out for ourselves. Sometimes having the biggest boat isn’t necessarily the best.

  3. I’m not sure how to sort that out. Like I say I don’t really know how to use this site yet so I’m still learning. But thank you. Take care.

  4. Beautifully written.

    Reminds me of these lines by Rajesh Reddy…
    Kahin chaaon hai kahin dhoop hai,
    Kahin aur hi koi roop hai,
    Kahin cheen leti hai har khushi, Kahin mehrbaan behisaab hai.

  5. This has a completely different url altogether. I could follow you from the link.

    All the best with the job

  6. Thank you so much Erica.

    I think most of us would have got a mixed bag in our lives.

    Stay safe. Stay loved

  7. Such beautiful words. It has been a mix for me. I’m still afloat but not ready to process all that I have survived.

  8. Oh? I didn’t realise. I’m still new to this site. 🀣! Thank you.

  9. Thank you so much Sazzy πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–

    God/Universe always sends us things at the right time πŸ˜ŠπŸ™

  10. Incredible, so true such mixed thoughts to relate to. Sending love AshokπŸ’™

  11. Thank you so much Rosida. We are and shall always be one πŸ’–πŸ’–

    Separation is an Illusion πŸ˜‡

    Stay blessed

  12. Something is wrong Nidhi and I don’t know how to help you fix it. Your site address from where you followed me and from where you are commenting now is: mylivelyfeelings. wordpress but the site for which you had sent the link had some numerals too. Why aren’t both the same? This happens with some other bloggers too.

  13. hm.. there is no option for commenting when the comment came that you followed me

  14. I have subscribed to your site Nidhi

    Problem is that your comments come from another URL.

    If you have received my subscription pls respond from that.

  15. Why not 😊

    I have never done it earlier – good to start with the ever so smart Namrata πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‡

  16. Mr. Ashok would you be interested in a fun collab for a brand new series on my blog? It’ll be a fun interview of sorts. If yes, let me know and I’ll mail you the questionaire :))

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  18. So many emotions with every type of situation, you’ve captured them all with so much precision… beautifully written

  19. We are all in the same storm but in a different journey in life. It may get rough & bumpy along the way but that shows us to never lose up and to keep persevering! I also write poetry if you’re interested in checking it out. Loved reading this, have a great one !

  20. Don’t give up on meditation my dear. It takes time.

    Just close your eyes and watch your breath for a few minutes every now and then

  21. I have started to follow you recently Aarushi and have seen some posts on baking and your first order 😊

    Would love to read the poems too. Looks like you are a talented young girl 😊

  22. Yes we will. I have a strong feeling that it will only be a matter of thousand cases a day by June in India. Now, which are in lakhs. My parents meditate, I tried but didn’t work out for meπŸ˜‚
    I agree, we should definitely be grateful for what we have.

  23. Yes Aarushi these are tough times. But we shall come out of these stronger.

    A little bit of meditation everyday helps 😊

    Thank God that we have food – maybe same every day. Millions don’t get two meals a day and die of hunger ☺️

  24. Hi! I had a writing blog as well. Where, I shared stories, poems and all. It would be great if I could get your feedback and your thoughts on it😊. I think you should be able to see it if you click on my nameπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

  25. Even though I try to stay strong physically, it gets a little hard doing it mentally. The same routine, locked inside and seeing these dreadful news on television. Eating the same food and doing the same thing every day. It gets a little depressing sometimes but there is no other way. I hope this gets better by June …. stay safe dear and this is a wonderful postπŸ˜€

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  27. The guy who has written in Hindi on your letter to God – is a strange comment. I think better to ignore. He is from another country and would have translated his comments in Hindi

  28. ‘beyond the nose on our face’ funny I found it to be. The reality of today. Hope we all come out of it safe and sound. Let us remain optimistic throughout this period.

  29. Such a beautiful and insightful thought Cindy. It is equally my pleasure to be a co-traveler with you in this life journey of mine.

    May we remain conscious and kind and loving.

    Thank you so much Cindy. Love and hugs πŸ’–πŸ€—

  30. This is so beautifully thought out and delivered Ashok!
    Sooooo true, each line reflecting our differences in how we see the pandemic and approach life in general. Each in our own boats and some so desparate and scathed, they can’t see outside of their own lifes and put themselves in the boat or eyes of others. And visa versa, others thinking they are in the clear and not giving a moment to notice others. Tides change quickly and in the next breath, it’s changed. It’s a very challanging thing to do actually because being present demands us to be in the now and our reality and how we experience it is our truth. And yet we need to have a view of how our neighbors are in all parts of our world as well. We need to hold the torch and turn it over as you say trusting this too shall pass❣️❣️❣️❣️ As ships in the night passing in our own boats, I’m happy to be traveling with you Ashok.
    Wonderful Poem!β£οΈπŸ™πŸ’—

  31. Yes he only knows. I too agree with you Ashok a beautiful world will soon emerge. Good to know Pune is doing good. Yes we have to be positive and motivating each other and things will improve. πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

  32. Yes! May too shall pass, I’d say πŸ˜‚ this month is so stressful! But I’m doing fine, thank you. How about you?

    You’re welcome! Take care β€πŸ€—πŸŒΌ

  33. He only knows what He is doing Kamal. I do feel a saner world will emerge from the current chaos.

    Pune is ok now – not top of the charts πŸ˜…

    So many plans have gone awry. Yes, Pune is a much better place to live than Mumbai and Delhi.

    I have a feeling (stars wise) this phase would end by next March only.

    All the very best Kamal.

  34. Certainly, trying times. Often, challenging times lets you think and reflect what is important, who is important and what you want from your life; well explained in your words here!

  35. Don’t you think He is doing that, Ashok. Look what our World has become in a years time. He has said that He has created another World so who knows for Him our Earth is no more a place to stay so slowly and steadily he is surely knowing what he is doing. Hope all good and how is Pune. My husband wants to come and stay in Pune but all got cut short because of Corona. Hope to come by the year end.

  36. Love and Kindness will surely prevail – beautiful and powerful words Kamal. Thank you so much for your words of wisdom and strength πŸ‘πŸ‘ I also loved – God turning the key πŸ”‘

  37. Words of Reality, Ashok. You have said it so rightly and truly in these times where though we are all in the same boat everyone is going through their lives differently but we are all connected and all this shall soon pass. God is turning his Key in his Lock slowly and surely to let us know my dearies do not worry but this had to happen but keep utmost trust and faith in Me. Love and Kindness will surely prevail. Awesome post.

  38. Thank you so much KK. And I admire your writing skills πŸ‘

    Let us hope and pray that this passes soon πŸ™

  39. You have beautifully covered all possible aspects. This sort of positivity is very much required. Very well expressed. You are a talented writer.

  40. So beautifully written!! and very poetic too.. Indeed we are in the same storm… but the way we are riding and steering out boats is different for everyone. You described it pretty wellπŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡

  41. Thank you so much Bernie.

    Yes, can’t give up hope – a key pillar of spiritual life πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–

  42. Thank you so much Neel. Oh yes it shall. Nothing lasts. What is important is how we come out 😊

    Stay safe. Stay loved πŸ₯°

  43. Very, very true Ashok. We are all riding the same stormy seas 🌊. Others more so. Beautifully reflective piece of writing.
    Thank you for sharing – stay safe & keep up the ‘hope’ πŸ’–πŸ™

  44. You’ve brought out the contrasts so well through this beautiful write up. Pray that we all are able to learn acceptance of our situations. This storm shall be over too.

  45. This is Wonderful and how beautifully you described the similar situation we all are facing ❀ ❀❀❀
    Hope we all come out of this soon

  46. This is so kind and sweet of you Goutam. Now you have touched my heart πŸ‘πŸ‘

    Thank you so very much.

    Let us hope and pray that this storm passes soon and that we stop to judge.

    Stay safe. Stay blessed

  47. Yes Radhika – beautiful: Let us be together in Hope and Pray.

    Pray is the highest we can do.

    Thank you so much πŸ‘πŸ‘

  48. Your words always seem to touch the heart and did so this time as well. Each word rings true and worth internalising. If I had been in your presence and hearing you read this aloud, I would have risen on my feet and given you a standing ovation. Wonderful!

  49. Beautifully penned the truth about the storm we are facing today Ashokji. This too shall pass…
    Till then let us be together in hope and prayers. πŸ™

  50. Thank you so much didi. It is so good to get your comments on WP.

    I know you are so filled with love and prayers for all.

    Love you so much and am grateful for your love ❀️

  51. I hope your studies are progressing well my dear and that all is well with you all.

    Thank you so much for your kind and warm words πŸ’–πŸ€—

  52. Thank you so much Ashish for your kind words. I am truly touched and happy that they resonated with you so well.

    Most of us fail to see the other perspective or point of view or their very different situation. Easiest thing in the world is to judge and so difficult to help.

    Thank you so much once again

  53. The universe is equally or more lucky to have you my dear Ace. You are such a beautiful person and it is always a joy to connect with you.

    Thank you so much for your kind and loving words. Ours is an interdependent coexistence β€οΈπŸ€—πŸ’–

  54. Very well put, Ashok! It’s been such a joy going through it.
    Yes, we are all in the same boat. Time moves on and things will change.
    Unending prayers for everyone!

  55. So beautiful! Those are such touching words. Thank you for I always giving us warmth and a reason to reflect.

    Best wishesπŸ’–

  56. This is excellent composition… This one comes as a masterpiece from your side sir… every line is beautiful… You have beautifully captured the emotions of a common man in this poem and the best part is, it can be easily related. Ending with optimistic touch and a message of togetherness, profound work…

    I liked these lines a lot…

    Some are at peace – even though alone, others are restless even amongst their own.

    Some are drowning their sorrows in a drink, while others are out there helping the sick…

  57. Ashok, this is seriously AMAZING! What a beautiful, powerful and perfect reminder to us all! No matter our beliefs, we are one and here together for a reason!!! I truly LOVE this…another stunningly wise piece from the marvelous Ashok!!!!! I so appreciate you and your beautiful expressions, the Universe and I are lucky to have you!!!! πŸ–€πŸ€—πŸ€

  58. Thank you so much Lynette. Can’t thank God enough for His unending grace πŸ™

    Stay safe. Stay blessed

  59. Thank you so much for such beautiful thoughts and words Shelley. You are such a kind and beautiful being.

    Though so different in a way this post echoed your Heart with Wings. πŸ’–πŸ’–

    Ours truly is an interdependent coexistence.

    Stay safe. Stay loved πŸ₯°

    Thank you so much once again

  60. I agree completely. We certainly are in the same storm. Thanks for the reminder that even in the midst of it, many of us are still very, very fortunate. Well said, Ashok. Stay safe and well.

  61. A wonderful post from a beautiful Soul…may it gently ripple through the consciousness of collective Humanity and all Life here. Wishing inner and outer peace to all beings…we are all connected though expressing and experiencing Life in so many diverse ways of being. Fast or slow, this Storm will pass. πŸ’œπŸ™πŸ’–

  62. Yes Lavina we read stuff and forget it so often. Not only what we read, at times we forget even our own experiences πŸ˜›

    Always good to revisit our truths

    Stay safe my friend. Stay loved πŸ₯°

  63. Thank you so much Lia.

    We are so used to judging that we forget we are in different boats and wearing different shoes!

    Hope all is well with you and your children and that you are coping well with all the activities πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—

    Stay loved πŸ₯°

  64. Read it before, loved reading it again.. very kind reminders for current situationπŸ™

  65. I love this Ashok… just what we all needed to read and hear… we are all in this together, even if apart. Wonderful. πŸ™πŸ’—

  66. Thank you so much Sloka for such kind words. I am so touched.

    Yes, these challenges keep coming in our lives. We need to be prepared to meet them.

    Stay safe. Stay loved πŸ₯°

  67. To see beyond our politics, beyond religion, beyond race, beyond the nose on our face.πŸ‘Œ
    Totally inspiring πŸ”₯

  68. This is so beautifully written uncle. Every single word and sentence is so poignant. I’m bookmarking this to read again and again……and I’m sure this will come handy not just for what we are all going through now but through any seemingly challenging situation in life. πŸ™

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