If you’ve never tasted a bad apple, you would not appreciate a good apple. You need to experience life to understand life.
How many bad apples do you need to eat, before you recognize a good one?
Life is a continuous buffet of experiences, some pleasant, others unpleasant, some truly magnificent and others will be horrible.
Understanding that we are all feasting from the same buffet and that eventually we get a chance to taste the good and the bad… is the only potential consolation when you know you are weathering a bushel of bad apples.
It is easy for us to profess that everything comes out balanced, but life, circumstances, and other external factors, inevitably weigh in, and give us all pause for a potential problem in the larger scope of a life basking in comfort.
In the course of weathering the bad apples, we do discover a distinction, and when you finally get to a good apple, your heart sings because the experience is so much better than what you have been experiencing today.
The pressure eases off, a little bit, and your willingness to embrace opportunities and circumstances through a more optimistic filter, becomes much more pronounced.
It may not be a perfect combination of great experiences for anyone of us… but, without the clouds, there would be no silver lining.