Crises as springboards to greater heights – Part 1

“Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Those were words attributed to Sir Winston Churchill from many decades ago.

With the speedy help of Google, I found out that a crisis can be defined as any of the following:

  1. a time of intense difficulty or danger.
  2. a time when a difficult or important decision must be made.
  3. the turning point of a disease when an important change takes place, indicating either recovery or death.

One word that jumps at me again and again from Churchill’s admonition above is the adjective “good”. Can a crisis be good? What makes one crisis good and the other bad? Perhaps it is all about attitude – how we respond to periods of intense difficulty or danger when they arise in our lives, and/or in the lives of friends and loved ones. As long as we live, we will always encounter crises, and crises come to us in various forms.

Certain events in my life over the past year or two easily qualified as crises and they have come a long way in helping me to reflect on life and the purpose for which I am here. I am grateful to be alive and still standing, in spite of the thorns and thistles that have tested my resolve and helped to build my faith in God.

What do you think about crises; is there such a thing as a good crisis? Care to share your experience and thoughts? Please feel free to do so in the comments section below. I will be back next week.