#21-1. The word "crisis" is from the Greek, meaning "a moment to decide". The recurrent moments of crisis and decision when understood, are growth junctures, points of initiation which mark a release from one state of being and a growth into the next.
#21-2. Life is part positive and part negative. Suppose you went to hear a symphony orchestra and all they played were the little, happy, high notes? Would you leave soon? Let me hear the rumble of the bass, the crash of the cymbals, and the minor keys.
#21-3. No one can go back and make a brand new start. Anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
Highly effective people have a tendency to look for crisis situations, problems or issues as opportunities for learning and growth. Many of us unwittingly avoid such situations thereby missing opportunities. Of course, we should avoid creating new problems, anticipate potential issues and mitigate risks, but here we are talking of problems already in existence or those that inevitably crop up despite our best effort.
All of us know life is a mixture of highs and lows but some of us tend to accentuate the negative, dwell on unhappiness. A balanced perspective is needed to move forward.
The third quote reminds us how practical it is to move forward. Looking at the past is useful only on two occasions: to learn something out of it, and to enjoy a few nostalgic moments. Otherwise it is best to focus on what can be done now to influence the future in a positive way.