“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
After my daughter was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease several years ago, we went from doctor to doctor, seeking relief. One of those doctors had been going through his own transformation (he has since entirely given up his lucrative medical practice to become a holistic healer).
Lizzie was too young to even consider the question that doctor asked her at age 17, but he asked it anyway. “How does the illness serve?”
When she didn’t understand what he meant, he clarified. “We know how the illness harms you. What will help you come to grips with the illness is to determine how it serves you.”
I keep thinking of that question as we face these very hard economic times. How are these tough times serving our organizations and our communities?
What possibilities are presenting themselves? What are you seeing? What is changing?
How can these hard times serve us?