Tha place of the unexpected

“To stay sharp, we need things to happen. We need unexpected events to crash into our lives and disturb our complacency; we need surprises; we even need emergencies if we are to be fully functionIng, mature and balanced adults. Learning to deal with the hard stuff- illness, failure, bereavement, retrenchment, disapppointment, disaster- teaches us far more about ourselves than we can ever learn from breeding through the easy stuff. Why else do peopls who suffer traumatic upheavals in their lives so often recount those events as if they were highlights?”

Hugh Mackay, What Makes Us Tick, p.255

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