I ran into a couple recently who are teaching their daughter Chinese (among three other languages). The mother herself is Chinese and was trying to explain to me how complex and nuanced the characters are, and how one character can have multiple tones and represent entire phrases.
It reminded me of how I recently learned about the Chinese word for “crisis.”
Apparently, it's been misinterpreted in Western culture to mean “crisis + opportunity” and thus used widely by motivational speakers, politicians, and business consultants.
Regardless of the true meaning of the word, there’s a lot of truth in the widespread interpretation of it.
Look for the crises around you, both in your life and in others’, as there is are opportunities within them.
Losing a job can reveal a new opportunity, like moving to a dream job at another company, finally launching your own business, or that you need to take your finances more seriously to be better prepared should it happen again.
Likewise, the poor health of you or someone you know that is causing some sort of hardship is also an opportunity to realize a certain lifestyle is not sustainable.
We tend to want to avoid crises at all costs, or pretend that they aren’t happening, which is understandable.
Sometimes though, a good crisis is exactly what you’ve been waiting for.