Have you ever found yourself wondering what happened to your world? New information that shatters a dearly held worldview, a life-threatening or crippling illness, losing a job, a profound event involving loss with ramifications that are pervasive throughout your being takes place. It is a personal crisis. No matter how hard you work you cannot put things back on the track they were on before the crisis. Your life patterns are necessarily and abruptly disrupted, you are in “uncharted waters” floundering about pretty much aimlessly and the life “landmarks” you used to rely upon don’t hold true anymore. You’re in chaos.
So what can we do at this point? Do we succumb to the blow which has hit us? Or do we have choices?
This is the subject of a book authored by James W. Macartney entitled “Crisis to Creation”. As the title implies, we can utilize these events, painful and disruptive as they may be, as new beginnings. We can move forward from the chaos to create something new and vital for ourselves. We can’t go back to life before the event, however, we can nevertheless turn these crushing defeats life may hand us into personal victories…if we get creative working with the pieces we are left with. There may even be (probably are) some valuable new pieces in the mix if we can adjust our perspective to see them!
The perspectives and principles addressed in this book should, ideally, be taught to all people early in life. Via this book I was introduced to the concept of “Post Traumatic Growth”. What a valuable concept. We don’t have to get stuck in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Let the words just flow into your consciousness; Post-Traumatic Growth. Don’t they have a nice ring to them? It is what happens on the surface of the Earth after every disaster that takes place. Life reasserts itself. New life emerges from the rubble. We have the ability to choose to emulate the Earth in these situations. It’s up to us. How creative can we be?