“May you live in interesting times is popularly regarded as a kitschy curse. Though the true origin of this phrase is subject to conjecture, some sources attribute the statement to the Chinese who intended it as a curse, or at least as a statement of irony. But ask yourself—would it be better to live in “uninteresting times,” maybe a time with no world conflict, one of tranquility and accord? Or, do we prefer “interesting” challenges to those arguably more serene, life-enhancing (and hypothetical, I might add) times?
This is not really a choice we have. Face it—we live in interesting times. One of my favorite philosophers, Yogi Berra, said: “He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.” Could it be, by looking from both sides of the plate and being flexible that interesting times become an opportunity rather than a curse?