JFK Quotation: Crisis = Danger + Opportunity


I do not know anything of the Chinese language, so I welcome comments and corrections for this post-it is a work in progress with your help.

For those who have been faithful followers, I apologize for my lapse. Losing a beloved pet seems to put life into perspective. Watching political developments, however, has wreaked havoc on any perceived assumptions that my perspective was accurate.

This evening, I wandered back to re-read some of JFK’s most beloved quotations. My high-school English teacher had them taped to her walls such that not an inch of cinder block showed anywhere, and she started each class period pointing out yet another…rejoicing in the profundity of a president who was probably ahead of his time. This is one that I do not remember from my days in her classroom, but it stood out tonight like a harbor’s beacon, demanding to be seen.

“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger–but recognize the opportunity.”
John F. Kennedy

And so, it falls to each of us. We must learn to bear the enormity of our moments, and with equal forbearance, we must hold fast to the unimaginable and wonderful possibilities those moments might provide.

Love, ❤


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