SOS BOOK Chapter 10: What else can a life crisis mean?



A CRISIS IS A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY TO REASSESS!

A crisis or our dissatisfaction in life, is an important warning. It's like an SOS that signals our chronic distress. This indicates that we have been doing something very wrong, often for a considerable time!


Our predicament is an opportunity to ‘work all this out’. We can then change our ways and even ourselves. It’s another chance to learn, and our incentive is now far greater. If we don’t use this opportunity wisely, we will face further consequences!


LOOK WITHIN TO IDENTIFY THE CORE ISSUES.

The underlying cause of our predicament can be obvious to others. From another person's perspective, the origin of our situation is very clear! But we may not yet see this ourselves! We usually need the space & time to ponder our predicament. We need to look more deeply within.


A crisis provides a unique opportunity to reflect on our current life. We can reconsider ourselves and our lifestyle in a new light. A crisis can give us a ‘new awareness’. We have a special opportunity to pause, and to reassess our whole life! We can choose a new perspective on our situation. We can even reset our life. We might choose to significantly better ourselves in the process!

…Can you see how a crisis can motivate you to reflect and reassess?


WE NEED TO SEARCH DEEP WITHIN FOR ANSWERS.

After a crisis, we might ask ourselves:

…What am I doing that is wrong? …What can I learn from all this? …What will I change in myself? …What are we really missing in our life?


A crisis is a wake-up call or warning signal that we have missed something important! We might need to search deeply to find this hidden truth.

A life crisis, or chronic frustration, indicates that something important is missing. We are missing something that's necessary for our long-term wellbeing! Are we still in denial? Have we become distracted, or ‘fallen asleep’ on the job? That’s why we need to awaken!


A CRISIS CAN BE THE WAKE-UP CALL WE NEED!

There is also an important lesson to be learnt. A crisis offers us another big step forward in personal development. It’s our signal to start this process, but will we heed this call? We will need to investigate the underlying core issues! This inner reflection & contemplation can take considerable time. It helps to be patient and kind to ourselves in the process.


A crisis is also a special opportunity to embrace our inner needs. We might need to redirect our priorities. We can choose more joy and fulfillment in life. We might then follow our passion for certain activities. We could be inspired to pursue new interests or talents. A crisis can awaken us to our life’s true quest.


ARE WE DENYING OUR TRUE INNER NEEDS?

Have we been ignoring our deep inner needs & desires? Have we put off doing what we deeply yearn to do? Those are things that give us real meaning & purpose in life. That’s what we are really meant to do! This is the life path we deeply yearn for! So maybe we should just sit quietly to consider & contemplate all this.


Perhaps ask yourself the following questions:

…Are you allowing your true inner needs to surface? …Are you living in joy & peace with yourself & others? …Are you expressing all your talents & potential?


MAKE ROOM FOR MORE JOY IN YOUR LIFE!

Are we too busy or overcommitted in our lives? We might have a logical reason or rationale for this. But this is often just an avoidance strategy. Are we denying our inner needs, our joy and wellbeing?


When changing our life is important enough, we will find a new way. But first we need to be sufficiently sick of suffering! We need to actually recognize that we are suffering and try to work out why. Then we can personally choose to stop our suffering. We choose compassion & loving kindness instead.


We should make time to discover our real needs & desires. By reducing all our unnecessary activities, we can free up this personal time for ourselves. We then use this ‘time-out’ wisely. First, we reassess our situation. Then we reset our life on a new path. Our life review is aided by this quiet contemplation. We quietly and patiently look within. We search inwardly for a new way. We seek a new path of lasting happiness & joy. This is a process. With a crisis, we have a unique and very precious opportunity.

…Are you ready to start this process of change?


WE HAVE A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY.

After a crisis, we might realize just how vulnerable we are. We can recognize how valuable & short our remaining time is. We might realize how important our personal choices are. We might recognize the impact of every thought!


We might better appreciate how precious our life is. We may no longer take all our abilities, health & wellbeing for granted. We might now sense a deeper level of ourselves and choose to love our inner nature too.


With a new appreciation of ourselves, we become more open to change. We might raise our awareness and change our perspective. We can even reform our way of thinking. In this way, we transform ourselves, our behavior and our life! What a precious opportunity!


A CRISIS WILL ATTRACT NEW POSSIBILITIES!

Opportunities will always present themselves. But after a crisis we become more open to new opportunities. Because of our predicament, we are more receptive to new ideas & approaches. So, we are more likely to find them! New opportunities and options will seem like they are attracted to us! For all these reasons, the time after a crisis is a precious window of opportunity.

…Are you open to new possibilities and opportunities?


A CRISIS HEIGHTENS OUR NEED TO CHANGE.

After a crisis, our priorities in life can change considerably. Our crisis immediately provides us a new frame of reference. We can expand this realization further by looking deeply inside. Our values and priorities can change significantly after a crisis. This can evolve into a whole new outlook on life!


We might even feel an urgency to change. Provided this is not fear based, this urge can empower us. Then we can use this learning experience to quickly develop & grow.


After a crisis, there is less justification for the status quo. We clearly recognize that our old ways are not serving us. There is a heightened need to transform, and a perceived urgency to do so. A crisis can enhance our ability to personally change and grow.


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