When we are faced with a challenge, as in a real challenge that is beyond the day-to-day stuff, then we can see just how conscious we really are.
It is easy to be at peace and joyful when nothing much is going on. The mind can be relatively silent.
Of course, challenges are there to help us to experience, to observe and ultimately grow. We grow by realising just how much the deep ingrained mind patterns, deep within our mind, are still playing.
If we can see them we can learn to dissolve them.
If everything was plain sailing, then what would be the point of life. It would provide no experiences.
We learn to go deeper into our very essence and being at every challenging moment.
If we accept that, then we can enjoy the challenges and see them as a blessing.