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Everyone has a different point of view… be kind. WhatsApp message goes viral!


South Africa (13 May 2020) – No two persons ever read the same book, and that is why having perspective is so important, especially right now.

The world is facing an unprecedented time. The COVID-19 virus has to date infected over 4,3 million people globally, resulting in more than 292 000 deaths, and leaving more than 4 billion people around the world in some form of lockdown or self-isolation.

With over 11 350 cases of COVID-19 recorded in South Africa, there is no denying that the statistics surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic can feel overwhelming. What we need to remember that everyone has a different point of view… and we should ultimately be kind.

A WhatsApp message recently went viral for all the right reasons, read it below:

We are all in the same boat. We are not all in the same storm.

For some people, it’s a light sprinkle, this a break. A time to pause, to rest. A time to reconnect, to be with family. It can be peaceful.

For some, this is a storm. It’s a bit scary. It’s disruptive. It’s enough to keep you up at night, glued to the news, social media and worrying.

For some, it is a hurricane. The roofs are being ripped off; it is crashing against the walls. It is being swept away at sea. It is terrifying.

It is not wrong to enjoy the light sprinkle, to endure the storm… let us not negate or minimise the hurricane engulfing our neighbour.

As governments are trying to figure out how to ease back into a new normal, please remember:

🛑 Some people don’t agree with the rules of the lockdown… that’s okay. Be kind.

🏡 Some people are still planning to stay at home… that’s okay. Be kind.

🦠 Some are still scared of getting the virus and a second wave happening… that’s okay. Be kind.

💰 Some are sighing with relief to go back to work knowing they may possibly save their business or their homes… that’s okay. Be kind.

👩🏾‍⚕️Some are thankful they can finally have surgery they have put off… that’s okay. Be kind.

📝 Some will be able to attend interviews after weeks without a job… that’s okay. Be kind.

😷 Some will wear masks for weeks… that’s okay. Be kind.

💅🏻 Some people will rush out to get the hair or nails done… that’s okay. Be kind.

❤️ The point is, everyone has different viewpoints/feelings, and that’s okay… Be kind.

We each have a different story. If you need to stay home, stay home. But be kind. If you need to go out, respect others when in public and be kind!

Don’t judge fellow humans just because you’re not in their boat. We are all in different financial – and – mental states than we were months ago.

So remember, be kind.

Sources: WhatsApp 
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