You may have seen the popular expression “Every crisis is an opportunity” on inspiration posters around the office, but did you know this saying has its roots in Chinese calligraphy? In choosing the symbolism for this word “crisis”, the Chinese used an interesting pictorial language. This framed “Crisis and Opportunity” print is based on the characters for “crisis” which, ironically, can be interpreted as “danger” and “opportunity”.
The ancient Chinese were wise enough to realize that no matter how difficult the circumstance or how dangerous the situation, a tremendous opportunity lies within the heart of every crisis. Hence, the phrase written below the characters on this print: “Every crisis is an opportunity”. While this may seem like wishful thinking to someone who is facing a real crisis, it proves the power of the human spirit to persevere and see the real lesson in every situation. (more…)