Of course, none of us want horrible things to happen. That goes without saying. But when things do go awry, we might as well take advantage of the opportunity it presents.

Eleanor Roosevelt casts the topic in strong, positive terms. “There is no experience from which you can’t learn something . . . The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer richer experience.”