I’m just back from the Killer Tribes conference in Atlanta, where I got to mix and mingle with some amazing people, connect with old friends and make new ones, and geek out discussing storytelling, writing, and blogging all weekend.
The speakers all covered different topics, so I was surprised at a common thread that ran through so many of them: that the negative things that happen to us can be–as Ben Arment said–tragedy, or they can be trajectory.
I’ve seen this principle play out in my own life. For one (rather dramatic) example, my firstborn had cancer when he was a toddler. I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone, but I was flabbergasted by the sheer number of good things that came out of that time.
We don’t think our personal tragedies are going to birth beauty. But they can. They do.
Ben Arment said, “Frustration, sorrow, and heartache are unbelievable motivators. Frustration is a gift. My prayer for you is that great frustration would befall your life.”
I’ll be doing a lot of fun, practical conference follow-up this week. But I’ll also be reflecting on the things that are bringing me frustration, sorrow, and heartache.
And you better believe I’ll be dreaming about how those negative things can be turned into something beautiful.
Can you think of a time when frustration, sorrow, or heartache have brought about good things in your life?