Any inner/outer situation can be a support for us, on different levels.
When something seems unfortunate – does not fit with the plans of the small self – we can ask ourselves, how can this be/is this a support?
It can be a support for us to do something we have wanted to do. It can be a support for us to see ourselves more clearly. It can be a support in being with – or being – whatever comes up. It can be a support for us to see in ourselves what we see in others, and to deepen empathy. It can be a support in deepening humility and gratitude. It can be a support in going beyond our current comfort zone – maybe in relating honestly with ourselves and other people. It can be a support in more deeply see all phenomena as fluidity. It can be a support in awareness experiencing itself as distinct from its content.
Last night, there was more noise in the house than I was comfortable with, and I used it as an opportunity to go for a walk, and then read a book in bed listening to music with headphones. The noise, which seemed undesirable, turned out to be a support for doing what I want to do (go for a walk, and focused time to read a book and listen to music).
Jen sprained her knee, and it turned out to be a support for her to take care of herself, and learn new diagnostic techniques.
Stress and worries during the night is a support in being with whatever comes up, without needing to act on it or pushing it away in the moment.
A sensation of cold during sitting practice was a support in being with – and being – whatever comes up and of experiencing awareness as distinct from its content.