I've been reading a small book by Robert J. Wicks called riding the dragon- 10 lessons for inner strength in challenging times.
Here's a quote:
Any occurence that moves us out of taking this life for granted is a gift. Dramatic things do this. So, adolesence, male and female menopause, even trauma, bring possibility with the pain. The question is whether we will listen to and take advantage of these periods of imbalance. Few people do. Just look around. If all suffering led to wisdom and insight without any effort or strength, we would be surrounded by a sea of saints.
There needs to be a sense of faithfulness to the spiritual journey no matter what we are facing...
AMEN to that!