by Eddie Snipes

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Series: The Promise of a Sound Mind
Eddie Snipes

Each person faces a twofold challenge in daily life. One is to keep ourselves from making big deals out of little problems. The second is that we learn how to positively manage big problems so they can be resolved. Problems should be resolved; they shouldn't become our barriers.

Years ago a researcher set out to understand why some people are luckier than others. He wanted to know why certain people found lucky breaks while others failed and ended up being among those counted as unlucky in life. He followed several families for many years and discovered some interesting truths.

Both lucky and unlucky people encountered similar challenges and have common hard breaks, but how people responded to adversity determined the outcome of their misfortune. Some people hit a wall, made an effort, and failed. They tossed their hands up and said, "I tried. This always happens to me."

Others hit walls, were knocked down, and refused to accept failure. The only real difference between those who found 'luck' was how they responded to adversity. The 'lucky breaks' didn't come to the most talented, the most wealthy, or the most charismatic people. The breaks came to those who persevered. Eventually, opportunity presents itself, but it is only seen by those who keep looking for the good behind every circumstance in life.

This is not to say each person faces the exact same circumstances. Some people face hardships that most others will never experience, yet even from the worst environments this truth emerges. Two people from the same difficult environment can have very different outcomes in life. Why do some people overcome the tragedies of life while others in the same environment carry failure into the next generation?

This is often seen in dysfunctional families with two or more children. Each child endures the same harsh environment, but they often have very different o ...

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