Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

How to Overcome Adversity

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth

Everyone experiences adversity. No matter how wealthy, famous or wonderful someone’s life seems, none of us are immune to facing life’s problems.

Some people face setbacks so tough they decide to throw in the towel and give up completely.

When obstacles present themselves, you will have to make a choice. And make no mistake, you do have a choice. You can choose to let those adversities and obstacles defeat you, or you can look them in the eye and face them head on.

As an Orthodox Christian, I find comfort and strength in my faith and in prayer. It has gotten me through many tough times.

One of the most important things you can do is not succumb to paralysis. Keep in mind what you truly desire and do what it takes to preserve your hope in obtaining it. If you give in to your adversity and quit, your self-esteem will take a blow that will be hard to mend.

It will also make it easier to quit the next time.

Last week, while running with my sons, I didn’t see an uneven place in the sidewalk and I went down, scraping both knees and my right hand. My pride was hurt more than anything and after I checked to make sure I was not seriously injured, I walked it off for a couple of minutes and started running again. I took that instance to show and tell my sons that sometimes in life, you hit a bump in the road and fall down. When that happens, you need to get back up, brush yourself off and keep going.

Stick to your goals and your principles. Don’t quit.

Just like Babe Ruth, your successes will far outnumber your failures.

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