I often say that we each carry a bag with us (picture a briefcase or backpack). Occasionally we have to reach in there and pull out something. This something could be good news or bad news, easy or hard, we never know and usually don’t have any control over what it will be. These things we pull out and have to deal with usually teach us something when all is said and done but getting to the lesson can be a rough road.
Be patient, understanding and realize that somewhere in the pain or happiness is a lesson looking for a student to teach it to. Be the student and realize that there is always something to learn in every experience, good or bad.