"When you begin to see every difficulty as a test in order to instruct you, you'll find lessons & opportunities in every challenge." - Wayne Dyer
From Anthony E. Baker:
As we are beginning to realize, bacteria are slowly becoming immune to antibiotics. The bacteria that survive the life threatening situation become stronger as a result of the fight. It is the same with human beings. Only adversity brings about growth. That is why the spiritual path is difficult. Anyone who believes that it is going to be easy should give up now. There is a distinct co-relation between an easy life and superficiality. (I should say no more.)
Development of our spiritual side has for me always meant facing a fear. Often a fear that I never knew I had. Each fear faced brings growth. If I were offered an easy life, I would without hesitation, turn it down. I am pleased with how far I have got and look forward to my next disaster.
I don't think I've ever had "disasters", but definitely "fine messes".