We storytellers get that. No good story is painless; every true tale of hope means the hero is going to have to pay a big price along the way.
The great theologian, Walt Disney, lamented about PETER PAN (as quoted from the commentary by the goodly monks at Entertainment Weekly) that he wasn’t able to get close to his protagonist because Walt never found Peter’s pain. (Sorry for the unintended pun.)
In Walt’s words, “With every laugh, there must be a tear somewhere.”
Here’s to a few tears, and the laughs they bring.
Just my thoughts,