Have you ever realised how little the difference between change and chance in English?

The difference between change and chance doesn’t exist in Chinese, as a single word, -WEIJI-, mean both “crisis” and “opportunity”. Italian, Spanish and French use two different words. In Italian crisi and cambiamento; in Spanish crisis and cambio; in French crise and chance. In Arabic the word فرص means “chance” and comes from a root that means “to open”.

The crisis and adversity, often become an opportunity for growth“.

(Isabel Allende)

Is it easy to jump from one meaning to the other in the real life?

Some turned a crisis into an opportunity. It is not simply the economic crisis that I am referring to. Even a personal crisis can push us to transform it into an opportunity.

If your job doesn’t fit you, change it and get another chance. Or if you are not yet comfortable in your flat, change it. Or fulfill that “I would like a short blonde hair”, if you have always had long soft dark hair… Every time you feel unhappy with something, just change it.

Ok, maybe it is not that easy! However it is better than living with doubts. That’s why Chinese people are right! “Crisis” and “opportunity” can be two sides of the same concept; “change” and “chance” differ by a single letter.

London is an example of  changes and second chances!

Every day, people from all over the world decide to move in here. London is the “promised land” of our century for most of us. You can get a new life, you can start believing in yourself once again. First of all, you can try to follow your dream. Maybe not within the first month but London, sooner or later, will give a second chance  to everyone.

Albert Einstein said: “There’s no challenge without a crisis. Without challenges, life becomes a routine, in slow agony. There’s no crisis without merits. It’s in the crisis where we can show the very best in us. Without a crisis, any wind becomes a tender touch. Speaking about a crisis is promoting it. Not to speak about it is to exalt conformism. Let us work hard instead. Let us stop, once and for all, the menacing crisis that represents the tragedy of not being willing to overcome it”.

Don’t worry and be happy with your crisis, see it as, potentially, the first step into your new life!

Have you ever turned a change into a chance?