Meditation Point #132 – CrisisA Zen Thing
A friend of mine is going through a very difficult time. It is hard watching someone deal with a crisis in their life when there isn’t a lot you can do for them but be there for them as a friend. I’ve been thinking about this fact for the past week and wondering if there was something else I could do, sadly there doesn’t seem to be. But maybe I can help them and others in a way by exploring my thoughts and feeling surrounding the word Crisis.
Our English word “crisis” comes from the Greek word krisis, which means “opportunity.”
No one wants to deal with a crisis in their life, it is never pleasant regardless of the cause. Crisis’s come in many different forms, those we cause ourselves and those that are thrust upon us. Some are the result of our own actions while others fault of our own. The form and the cause mean little when you are dealing with a crisis. When in crisis the only goal is to emerge from the crisis intact. I think that is where the “opportunity” part comes in that the Greek root speaks to. Many time we do not control any part of the crisis we are dealing with, what we do control is how we handle the crisis. How we handle (or deal with) a crisis is the where the opportunity comes in, because in dealing with a big or small crisis we have a chance to grow. A crisis can crush our self-worth and self-esteem, but it can equally impart a new belief in ourselves.
More to come…
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