.When we possess the treasure of hope, it gives rise to other treasures, too. Hope draws forth our inner potential and strength. Hope is a magic weapon that enables us to make our dreams come true. As long as one has hope, there is nothing one cannot achieve; everything is born from hope. No matter how hopeless or bleak things appear, the moment always comes when suddenly our spirit revives, and hope is reborn. That is why we must never give up. Age is not an excuse for giving up. Allowing yourself to grow passive and draw back is a sign of personal defeat. There may be a retirement age at work, but there is no retirement age in life. Our life force, our fundamental energy, is fueled by hope. “Hope,” Beethoven cried, “you forge the heart into steel.” Hope isconfidence. Hope is determination.Hope is courage. And faith is the ultimate expression of hope. Belieffortifies the heart. No matter what kind of difficult situation one may find oneself in, some opening, some opportunity to fight one’s way out, can always be found. What’s most importantis to hold fast to hope, to face thefuture with courage.