Here is one of Anthony de Mello's wonderful stories:
"Calamities can bring growth and Enlightenment," said the Master.This speaks to me today. (I will need to develop why some other time.)
And he explained it thus: "Each day a bird would shelter in the withered branches of a tree that stood in the middle of a vast deserted plain. One day a whirlwind uprooted the tree, forcing the poor bird to fly a hundred miles in search of shelter -- till it finally came to a forest of fruit-laden trees."
And he concluded: "If the withered tree had survived, nothing would have induced the bird to give up its security and fly."