Surely you are familiar with them. Stories about people who, for example, for some trivial reason, missed a train and later heard that the train, due to technical failure, had been standing still for hours in the burning sun. Throughout the years, expressions like ‘a blessing in disguise’ or ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ were born.
While the sayings do not minimize the seriousness of the incident, they do indicate that one can look at an event in different ways.
Crises are a part of our lives, both private and professional. However, since we usually are not so keen on change, we tend to return to the old state as soon as possible.
We often ignore that a crisis offers us an opportunity to pause at the existing situation and look at it with a fresh, new look. And asking ourselves the question: is this still OK? Can’t we handle this differently and possibly better?
As everyone may have experienced, constraints have the potential to awaken our creativity. But to benefit from that opportunity, we need to allow ourselves to take some distance and be prepared to review the old solutions and, if necessary, let go of them.