A crisis could be painful, disturbing, frustrating or outrageous and nobody likes to welcome it. Though, they do visit us and mostly when they are expected the least. All our plans are dusted and we feel belittled, yet we have no choice but to undergo the pain it brings. Every crisis brings its set of lessons, and after teaching those it vanishes, though that’s not the point I wish to derive. My intention is to talk about the squandered opportunities in the time of crisis, which could be used as a milestone to add new meaning to our journey.
Imagine sickness of a member in the family that forces you to take a break from work. Now, most of the time is spent complaining about the situation, which further causes bitterness, while you also have a choice to accept the situation, and look for some idle time, that can be utilised to pursue a hobby you always dreamt of. Our mind if so deeply obsessed with what is lost that we miss the opportunity to see what we have.
Let’s take another case, a retrenchment takes place at work and you have been shown the door. The instant reaction would be that your life is devastated and the future looks bleak. All this leads to playing defensive, which further repels the prospects and the agony continues. On the contrary, you have an option to transmute this crisis into a turning point. You decide to go for a yoga retreat, which you longed for or attend a training program that you desired for years or pre-schedule the golf coaching which you planned after the retirement.
Our mind if so deeply obsessed with what is lost that we miss the opportunity to see what we have.
Another case, assume that you meet with an accident and have been advised bed rest for a month. Initially, you would spend a few days accepting sympathies, what after that? Why not utilise this time to start a blog or finish reading the books you resolved at the new year.
Life rarely gives an occasion to pursue things beyond the routine and a crisis brings an extra-ordinary opportunity to come out of that monotony and add transformational experiences. Though, this could happen only when the mind is at peace and the heart is open.