I honestly don’t know where I heard this quote. It seems to go well with a glass of wine or hot bubble bath but it spoke to me strong enough that I wrote it down in my thoughts notebook years ago and then like most of us, stored the notebook away. The quote was discovered as I worked through my stored books to transfer interesting thoughts and quotes to Evernote.
How many of us have had crisis in our lives? Pretty much every one of us have had small crises that last less than a day to crises that evolve into chronic life management situations. Scott Peck said it best. Life is hard. It IS hard and as much as I would to think we were promised perfection, life is only perfect for its imperfections. Enduring hardships, surviving, thriving and learning from hardships and crisis is life.
Years ago I used the Holmes and Rahe crisis inventory scale for our cardiopulmonary patients to determine what other stressors our patients were dealing with above and beyond post open heart surgery and chronic cardiopulmonary diseases. It was very helpful at the time and is now an excellent inventory in coaching.
It is not my intent to suggest dealing with a crisis is trite. On the contrary, the crisis and grief over the loss of a loved one is one of the most painful experiences a person will go through and I will attest to that. Having gone through the grief process and feeling over a period of time that I survived those darkest hours helps in understanding others and also, to some extent, helps me feel that if I can survive grief, I can survive anything. The crisis did not go to waste in building personal resiliency for the next wave of crises that I am sure are on the horizon.
Just for today:
What crisis have you managed in the last 7 days?
How did you manage the crisis?
What are you adding to your good crisis management toolkit?