Imagine a story without conflict. Would it even be called a story ?
Every successful novel or drama has to have conflict in order to be interesting. Imagine a novel about a mundane ordinary existence, a tale of only happiness, of only love and bliss, a tale of only light and no darkness. Would anybody want to read it ? What if the hero of an epic would be able to get whatever he wanted without an iota of challenge ?
So if we like challenges in our fiction, why do we shy away from challenges, hardships and problems in our own lives ? Why is it that when we are faced with tragedy, betrayal, loneliness or sorrow in life we ask ‘Why me?’ Our lives are a drama in the theatre of the Divine. So, how can we learn and grow as souls, without getting rattled by problems in life ?
If there were only light in this world and no darkness, an image would never form. There can be no creation without the duality of good and evil, pain and pleasure, laughter and tears, prosperity and poverty, and so on. We ought not to be so reluctant to accept bad times in our own lives. When there is a storm, the sun will come. “After the storm, comes the calm’. In times of darkness, our faith, patience and perseverance are tested. These events in our lives are reminders that we are not alone, and will never be alone. A grand celestial audience is watching our drama on planet Earth ! Our lives are a living story, a story that was written by the Creator, in order to experience different feelings, learn different lessons and dream different dreams. We have to work hard to earn the Divine Oscar for our efforts on Earth.
As William Shakespeare says, in “As you like it’:
All the world’s a stage
And all the men and women merely players
They have their exits and their entrances.
So, when tragedy strikes, remember that the greatest of heroes are not those who didn’t face conflicts, but those who overcame them.