And the quotation above points to what, as far as I'm concerned, is the greatest encouragement and consolation of the meditative tradition. I refer, of course, to the teaching that it's all material, that nothing is ever wasted. Nothing, nothing, nothing is ever wasted.
Maybe the only enemy is that we don't like reality the way it is now and therefore wish it would go away fast. But what we find as practitioners is that nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.
-- Pema Chödrön