I've lived through a lifetime of trauma that probably would've killed most people. I've survived the suicides of 2 siblings, years of physical and emotional abuse, divorce, bankruptcy, foreclosure, health issues etc., etc.
Fortunately, I found my way to the Unity Church 25 years ago and have been on a self-improvement/spiritual path ever since. I've been choosing positive thoughts to 'deliberately create' a better life. Even so, adversity is persistent.