The Chinese word for “crisis” is composed of two characters. One of these notions represents danger. The other represents opportunity. – John F. Kennedy
God tosses us a few coins.What do we do with them?
They say that when God closes one door he opens a window. Yes, but we have to get through that door of crisis of danger, silencing the din of doubt and loss of faith, to be able to see the window of opportunity.
We may have to live through the pain of divorce to find the happiness of a more fulfilling relationship. We may have to panic at the loss of a job in order to find a more satisfying line of work. We may have to suffer through a serious illness to enjoy a healthier life style and appreciate the support of friends and family.
It’s not our problems that determine our lives. It’s how we deal with these problems that make all the difference.
It’s all in our perspective and how we deal with the situation. It’s not the cards we are dealt with, but how we play them.
We can lay down in self-pity, wallowing in our poor luck. Or we can see the situation as the opportunity that it really is.
We look around our world and see terrible situations thinking, “how can they possibility live like that”, or “I couldn’t possibly do that”. But look at the resilience of our fellow man, taking on the challenges dealt to them.
It is vital to be able to “rise to the occasion”, to see the other side of the coin, flipping it from danger to opportunity.
“It’s not that optimism solves all of life’s problems; it is just that it can sometimes make the difference between coping and collapsing.” – Lucy Macdonald