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“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – martin luther King, Jr.

At times, you might feel that life has taken its toll on you and that the weight of the world has been placed on your shoulders. You begin to contemplate the difficulties of life, the complexity of problems, and the forces acting against you. Yet, no matter what, it is important to remember that life has its own way of teaching us valuable lessons. In essence, it is our values and traits that determine the outcomes of the concepts we are taught. With this in mind, it is crucial to acknowledge certain situations that life imposes, when things are not so easy, and problems don’t have an instant solution. There will be situations that do not always turn out the way we want them to or the way they should. This does not mean we should stop and give up, though. In fact, we should continue moving forward. Often, we possess the overlooked elements that the ambitious among us seek: courage, which consists of bravery and resilience, and faith in God and in oneself. These elements are driving forces. Their presence is essential in making change. History has shown us how courage and faith have moved mountains. We can also be given a chance to move our own mountains and concretize our goals and dreams. We can get through thick and thin. We can be true to ourselves and work on bettering who we are and what we do. It takes courage and faith to replace thoughts of anxiety, problems, and pessimism with those of confidence, harmony, and optimism. With positive values comes hope. With hope comes a brighter outlook on life. Always have hope in new beginnings, new opportunities, and new endeavors, and, most importantly, always have hope and believe in yourself. As the New Year approaches us with its own challenges, Beyond Magazine and I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful year ahead full of infinite hope, love, peace, new chances, and fresh starts.