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The end of a year is a good time to take stock of things, a chance for us to re­flect on all that has hap­pened over the last twelve months. It can be a bit­ter­sweet time, as there are ex­pe­ri­ences and peo­ple that have moved into our past.

But the end also brings a new be­gin­ning. Typ­i­cally, the New Year is a time for res­o­lu­tions and fresh starts, for look­ing for­ward to the fu­ture, for re­view­ing what worked last year and aim­ing to build on that.

As we en­ter this new year, news of famine, strife, and dis­as­ters may seem to in­di­cate that the world has never been in a worse shape or more di­vided. The fu­ture may seem bleak, and the chal­lenges ahead daunt­ing, but we don’t have to be dis­cour­aged.

Gandhi wasn’t de­terred by ob­sta­cles and cir­cum­stances: “It’s the ac­tion, not the fruit of the ac­tion, that’s im­por­tant. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop do­ing the right thing. You may never know what re­sults come from your ac­tion. But if you do noth­ing, there will be no re­sult.”

With 2016 of­fi­cially here, let’s all re­solve to make our lives, and the lives of those around us, bet­ter. Let’s be a lit­tle more car­ing, a lit­tle more un­selfish, a lit­tle more cour­te­ous. Let’s work smarter in­stead of longer. Let’s spend time with those we care about in­stead of with our lat­est app. Let’s give a lit­tle more to those who aren’t as for­tu­nate as we are. Let’s forget past slights and let’s build bridges of friend­ship around us. Let’s learn from past mis­takes.

And of course, the best way to en­sure suc­cess is to in­clude God in the process, step by step. Let’s ask Him to show us what changes will be most ben­e­fi­cial, and to give us the strength, pa­tience, de­ter­mi­na­tion, and what­ever else we need to suc­ceed each day.

Here’s to 2016!

Sa­muel Keat­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Ed­i­tor

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