" I still have some money" - I was sitting for coffee with other school bus drivers between routes. A moment of friendship between managing kids and route assignments. One driver, a young mother, did not have her small daughter with her this moring.
"Where is Alyssa," I inquired. "Home with dad." "Sick?" "No dad is at home ... laid off"
I could see the pain surface in her eyes."But we still have some savings," she quickly responded."We are not yet in dire straits."
What distinguishes us from those who who are REALLY THREATENEDby this crisis, this "economic downturn?" Is it that we still have SOME resourcesleft ... before we are REALLY desperate?
Some of us are living in places yet unstruck by the downturn, suspended local economies. Some of us have jobs or professions that are in industries that haven't yet felt the first shock waves of the economic collapse.But all of us watch the tide eat away at the enscarpment and wonder "how long" and "will it get to us."
I remember how Martin Niemuller of Germany wrote about his feeling of eroding safety in Germany with the build of of the Third Riech.
"In Germany, they first came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the h**ls, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a h**l. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me - but by that time there was no one left to speak up." By Martin Niemoller, with many variant versions
There is little safety in being thankful that our livelyhood is not yet affected.
John Dunne wrote: "We are involved in humankind." And so we are. Anyone's demise needs to affect us because no matter where we live, "we are a piece of the continent or a part of the main."
It is through moments of vulnerability that we experience our uninimity.It is thorugh experiences of poverty that we begin to notice our blessings.It is through times of disaster that the spirit is rekindled.
Our live's have never been so precious. I get it Jim.
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