“I really do think that any deep crisis is an opportunity to make your life extraordinary in some way.” – Martha Beck
A crisis is an opportunity.
It is a wake-up call.
It is a clear signal that what one has been doing will no longer work.
It is a chance to begin anew, with the wisdom that (often/generally) only comes from a hard lesson.
A mentor of mine once said that you can react, respond or over-respond to something.
Most merely react, dealing with something only enough to restore some measure/version of the status quo.
Sometimes, although rarely, people respond and take meaningful steps to both address a crisis and prevent it from happening again.
Even more rare is someone who over-responds.
Over-responding is taking steps – significant, often sustained, action – to ensure that nothing like or resembling the provoking crisis ever has an opportunity to arise, ever.
Not every crisis needs an over-response, but carefully applied, this mechanism can result in a much better life.
A case-in-point is what I do post-Winter-Storm-Nemo. A couple days ago I received 28″ of snow at the house in CT where I am house-sitting.
At first, I reacted and shoveled part of the deck and a path to where I normally park my car. Then, I found someone to plow the (long) driveway (because the person I had arranged to plow was overwhelmed and likely not coming).
A response to this might be to move to an apartment or condo and not have to worry, personally, about snow-removal.
An over-response might be to move someplace without snow.
That’s the option I’m contemplating.
Is any climate or area going to meet my desires, exactly? Not likely.
But, if I am willing to exchange cold Winters and the increasing likelihood of continued extreme Winter storms for a longer, hotter Summer, then I have many options.
I am seriously considering this “over-response” and what I would need to do before-hand to make such a change smoothly and responsibly.