Sometimes we shy away from that which will make us stronger, don't we? It makes sense because anything meant to build strength within us, mind or body, first offers up a challenge. We have to work through tough stuff to gain strength! Very rarely can we gain character, meet a professional goal or even overcome a personal problem without coming flexing our emotional or physical muscles!
Sometimes meeting our match means gaining strength, courage, endurance, even persisting patience. And, I'm sure we'd all welcome any of that!