3/12/2009 3:04:04 PM
Loss as Lessons
This goes back to the fact that a crisis can be an opportunity. As many are no doubt aware, this is illustrated in the Chinese character for crisis.
In the book Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow the author relates a story about a woman who had a therapist who was a bit of a maverick, and she was sent on an exercise with no money except change to make a phone call to contact him. By surviving she found herself to be a lot more resourceful than she realized.
Likewise in this clip (link below) of The Paradox of Extended Childhood by John Taylor Gatto, he relates a story about Richard Branson where when he was 7 years old, on a drive with his mother, miles from home she suddenly asked him if he could find his way home alone. He thought he could, and she promptly stopped the car and let him out. Branson, who is worth hundreds of millions today attributes that lesson with his unlimited self confidence today.
Essentially, we are conditioned to be fearful and believe we helpless, to be dependent on the authorities to save us.