“There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.” – Henry Kissinger
”Any idiot can face a crisis – it is day to day living that wears you out.” – Anton Chekhov
You Can’t Escape It
I once made a comment, when my daily life required moving through a debris-filled landscape dotted with landmines, that I knew I would be all right when the crisis was over.
“And what will you do when you have no more crisis in your life?” came the reply.
That comment, made 40 years ago, has stayed with me. Perhaps because a couple of years later, the daily calamities I had been facing went away. Overnight I found myself with holes in my days.
Sometimes it is easier, I realized, to have a crisis to face because they give purpose to your life. You have to be strong, and usually have no choices to make except what it takes to survive.
Isn’t life strange?
Thankfully, I found new purpose for my crisis-free days and the freed up hours; and now a crisis in my life is a rare occurrence. But when one does pop up – and it does because this is life we are talking about – the crisis doesn’t freak me out as much as it did when I was younger.
That’s the silver lining the years bring.
Bean Pat: On a Dollop of Dali: http://tinyurl.com/nfj2lh5 Fun quotes from a strange artist. I love ‘em.