This personal reflection/observation, like several others recently posted here, is also quite short.
It might be reflexively/naturally concluded that when life is going well, one would feel most comfortable and secure, but the past and current experience at least for me is typically that when everything is going "swimmingly" I often feel uneasy in the knowledge that such near-perfection will not last long and is invariably "punctured" by the unexpected intrusion of some sobering reality; whereas when life is going really badly, I take some comfort and security in knowing that it can hardly get much if any worse and feel that I'll be a stronger and wiser person because of the "demons" I've confronted and temporarily subdued--like the calm after a storm. [A variation of the Hemingway quote, "The world breaks everyone, and afterward many are strong in the broken places."]
If life is too easy, we tend to live it more superficially or under illusions, without "growing" and evolving into a more complete person. Could it be such rock-bottom consolation is merely a survival mechanism? But as the saying goes, "if it works, don't knock it."
Causes Brenden Allen Supports