Richard Peck said (Saturday in his keynote address to the Workshop Reunion Folks from Teacher's College, Columbia Univ.) that "we learn the most from the experiences we would have avoided if we could have."
Well said. What a great writing prompt THAT statement is! Make a list of all the experiences you've had that you wish you could have avoided... then make another list of what you've learned from these experiences. If you haven't learned anything yet, then maybe it's time to take stock.
Let me know if you try this prompt & how it works for you by leaving a comment!