“When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters – one
represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.”
— Saul David Alinsky

Not sure where to start, the first thing that comes to mind is how Chinese characters are just so interesting to me. I would love to learn Chinese, but I know how difficult and time consuming it will be so I stay realistic and just recognize a couple of characters here and there.

Well, the real meat of the quote for me is the word crisis. I think that the Chinese character has it right and a crisis is an opportunity for danger. I think the way we handle ourselves in a crisis situation really says a lot about us. I have experienced crisis situations at work and in real life and I have to say that I try to keep my cool and look for a solution.

How do you handle stressful situations, do you freeze, do you react, do you maybe overreact?

4 comments on “Crisis

  1. I can’t help but think of that song “Under Pressure” by David Bowie and Queen. Crisis…I honestly think that I perform at my peak when in crisis mode. I stay calm when it happens, and just go with the flow of things. If I spaz out, then I don’t get anything done, and the people who are working with me to resolve it, don’t get the help they need….

    “If God brought you to it, then He will see you through it”…..

  2. It really depends on the situation. Depending on what the crisis is will determine my reaction to it. Like when the kids were little and they would fall and get hurt, I’d snap right into action. When in a car accident though I froze then freaked out.

  3. Having been a 911 emergency operator for a big city like Boston I handle anything calmly and efficiently, but it’s not a natural thing since I’m very sensitive by nature: I think crisis-handling is also a learned skill and you become more capable with practice. Dealing with so many life & death situations, it’s also a matter of perspective. What might be a crisis to one may not be to another…

  4. Being a RN I handle them calmly and efficiently but that goes with the training . I am a people person very sensative and there was never a time in life that I was not wanting to help others.

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