From the Greek Word…

Let’s get all the stereotypes out of the way so I can just say what I want to say:

• Many Greeks own restaurants- my dad was one

• Many Greeks are proud of their heritage- every Greek I know

• Many Greeks feel like every other Greek is a personal friend, and they can sniff each other out in a crowd- whether they’ve met or not

 • Many Greeks like to point out all things of Greek origin- which is everything

• Many Greeks break down all words into their prefix, root, suffix, then define and translate all three, to demonstrate exactly how all words are from the Greek language- I guess I do that on occasion

The last point is the one I want to discuss. I had an uncle who was highly educated, and quite stereotypical in that he loved to share his knowledge as it related to Greek history. It was quite entertaining. He was a logophile- a Greek word of course: logo/word + phile/love. I guess I am too. The word crisis has Greek origins… Most words do. He would have broken down today’s word as follows.

Crisis: Greek of course- krísis decision, equivalent to kri- variant stem of krī́nein to decide, separate, judge. Sis- a suffix appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it was used to form from verbs abstract nouns of action, process, state, condition, etc.: thesis; aphesis

A crisis is the turning point in a series of events. Not necessarily the apogee, (also a Greek word), because things can get worse after a crisis. How many times have you said things couldn’t possibly get worse, and then the dog craps on the rug, or some such occurrence proves you wrong?

After all that, I want to share how I personally react to a crisis. While I don’t necessarily look for the humor in all situations, I do see it.  I’m not saying that I’m always doubled over laughing, because I have found myself in situations that humor does not typically lend itself to, but I manage to keep a level head because I see irony in all things. I also know when to keep it to myself. I don’t scare easily… unless my children are involved. 

Like most people, I’ve lived through events that If offered a choice, I’d have chosen not to. I’ve witnessed some horrible acts and experienced some firsthand. They’re part of life unfortunately, and I think that if you look closely at the word crisis, and it’s literal meaning, you can see that you have a choice. A crisis is a turning point that perhaps you can navigate to take you in the direction you want to go. Life is what you make it.

The Daily Post, June 15, 2015, Daily Prompt: In A Crisis~Honestly evaluate the way you respond to crisis situations. Are you happy with the way you react?<a href=””>In a Crisis</a><a href=””>In a Crisis</a>

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