all is grist that comes to the mill

all is grist that comes to the mill

proverb All that one experiences, encounters, or obtains in life can be put to good use. Said especially of things that initially seem undesirable or harmful. A: "The tabloids found out that you've been in rehab. How do you plan on handling it?" B: "I'm a changed man now, and that's what I'll tell the media. In any case, at least they're writing about me again. All is grist that comes to the mill, eh?" I love that my therapist is so open to discussing absolutely anything, good or bad. "All is grist that comes to the mill," she says. I know you hate having to deal with your mother, but all is grist that comes to the mill, right?
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