Since stories are inherently valuable for so many purposes, I’ve come to start looking at bad experiences as simply stories that come with a cost. Some stories are extremely expensive – having a complication in surgery, being stuck in the middle of nowhere after running out of gas and getting a flat tire.
In most of these cases you survive to tell the story, and the more harrying the experience, the more regaling the story. In this way, some of the best stories, are the most expensive to acquire. Of course, I don’t recommend collecting stories where you don’t survive. 🙂
When times are tough, it’s good to remember not only that it won’t always be this way, but that the story you are now taking part in,will be useful to yourself and others. It’s not all bad and those who get to receive the gift of your story will thank you (unless you keep giving the same one to them over and over and over again. 🙂 ).