There is a saying in Tibetan, “Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.” No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster. – The Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama)
This reminds me of something I read – that really interested and excited me – in Martin Seligman’s most recent book.
In Flourish he explores the phenomenon of Post Traumatic Growth (not Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
Seligman found that a fair amount of people grew stronger and more resilient as a result of combat and related stressors.
What a wonderful alternative.
Given the choice, which would you chose?