When I looked back at the effect crises, I have gone through have had on my life I recognized some have made me bitter whilst others left me better. It was not the type of crisis that caused the difference in impact rather it was my response to the crisis I was going through. When I saw myself as a helpless victim, I became bitter but when I saw myself as empowered to learn and to choose my response, I came away from the crisis better. I have sought to identify some principals that I can use to come out better not bitter. One route I have used is to learn from people who went through difficult situations but came out better not bitter. Once such person is Viktor Frankl, a survivor of Auschwitz Concentration Camp during the 2nd World War. In writing from his experience of the madness of the Holocaust, Victor Frankl reminds us of a powerful truth. We don’t get to choose our difficulties, but we do have the freedom to select our responses as he so eloquently stated, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom”. Meaning in a crisis, he argued, comes from three things: the work we offer in times of crisis, the love we give and our ability to display courage in the face of suffering. I have a 4th personal to me, which is my relationship with God which informs and motivates all I do. To find meaning remember to ask
1. What meaningful work can you do in this season of crisis? Can I call, text or message someone to encourage them? Can a lend a helping hand? Can I share something that uplifts, gives insight or teaches something new
2. Who needs my love and compassion? How can I show this love and compassion?
3. What fear, what challenge must I face with courage today? This video captures how crisis can impact us. It looks at the impact of hot water of an egg, a carrot and coffee. Do watch and then reflect are you a carrot, an egg, or coffee?