Not only are our adverse experiences beneficial for our own path, but they are the best way for us to connect with others. Suffering is a universal experience. This is why the Buddha chose suffering as the first topic of his teachings. So when we connect with our own suffering, we can also recall that many beings all over the world are having similar experiences. This helps us develop understanding, love, and compassion for others.
From Training the Wisdom Body: Buddhist Yogic Exercise by Rose Taylor Goldfield, page 68