I am not someone who believes "everything happens for a reason." I think thats stupid. There is a lot of stuff in life that happens and it is horrible and senseless, and there is no reason for it. It's just a part of living as imperfect beings in an imperfect world. That being said, when senseless, horrible things do happen, I am finding there is often something I can learn from the dealing, greiving, or healing process. Is my personal growth the REASON for sickness, misfortune, and disaster? Nope. Not at all. Is it a possible positive outcome in an otherwise devastating circumstance? Uh huh. Can be.