It can be wearying to only learn through trial by fire, but to do so occasionally can be quite invigorating if not downright fun. It’s all in the way you approach the challenge.
If you have practiced keeping your cool in the little things – by resisting the temptation to react to petty matters, obvious goading and button-pushing by those close to you and so on – then you were likely in good position to handle the rigors of a fire by trial. If you didn’t, you probably felt a little heat in your nether-regions or your hair might have caught on fire as you fumbled your way through it.
Self-assurance, poise, grace under pressure and self-control are the product of habit. If you are found wanting in this department, it is not a permanent flaw but a temporary vulnerability. The absence of any of these qualities leaves you open not to attack (as everyone is regardless of their maturity) but to being overcome by the attacks on your patience and ego. The presence of these qualities sustains your dignity in the face of the most hateful attacks.
Think about the quiet, calm and uneventful times as practice instead of drudgery. The small irritations that pop up will serve as a dress rehearsal for the more turbulent, stormy and hectic tidal waves that will inevitably lap upon your shores.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin