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Make crisis a catalyst

Crisis in life is a cry for change or be damned. There is no way that we won’t face crisis in life; but not all of us take pains to tide over a period of ‘low ebb’. The brave and the undaunted face the jerks of life and build the edifice of confidence as the moving force to get out of the rut.

columns Updated: Sep 10, 2013 00:04 IST
PP Wangchuk
John F Kennedy

Crisis in life is a cry for change or be damned. There is no way that we won’t face crisis in life; but not all of us take pains to tide over a period of ‘low ebb’. The brave and the undaunted face the jerks of life and build the edifice of confidence as the moving force to get out of the rut.

John F Kennedy had said, “The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis’ — one brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger but recognise the opportunity.”

A crisis gives one a chance to stand up and be counted. It is a warning cry that something is amiss and can be gotten rid of by being conscious of the root-cause of the problem.

One can very well say that but for crises, we would have taken life very easy and no changes would have taken place. Imagine the state of such a life and such a world you would have been living in! That is why we say change is must and one who resists change has no reason for a better and purposeful existence on this planet.

The ‘Survival of the fittest’ theory does not mean survival on the strength of physical power; it means the power to change and adapt to the changing circumstances. You remain fit if you keep pace with the dynamics of the world and always welcome changes for a smoother life.

Jeanette Walls, in The Glass Castle, had this in mind: “Sometimes you need a little crisis to get your adrenaline flowing and help you realise your potential.” We are a storehouse of great potentialities of which most of us remain unaware and thus we remain under utilised far below our capacity. The awareness of the need to put to maximum use our potentialities has to be awakened either in normal circumstances or when one goes through a severe crisis.

A crisis in life, therefore, should be taken as a challenge and not as a deterrent.