Symbols of Crisis

Chinese symbol for crisisToday I read the closing line of an email telling me that the Chinese symbol for crisis is composed of two intriguing characters. You know how reliable those signature lines are, so I looked it up. Indeed, it’s true.

The first character represents danger or peril of the situation. The second character signifies a crucial point of opportunity. The opportunity is, of course, to take action to remove or stablize the danger and take advantage of the opportunity.

Chinese symbol for a turn for the betterThe additional Zen touch I love:

Modify the first character, and your crisis becomes “a turn for the better”.

What are you doing to find the opportunities in the current crisis that will assure, for you, it becomes a turn for the better?