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We live in a society that is increasingly changing, and often not in the direction that should be enhancing our lives. On the contrary, the notion of a ‘Big Society’ or ‘One Nation’ can in many cases leave us frustrated and deflated.

It wasn’t too long ago many of us were living on the breadline, fighting for rations and our weekly entertainment was the public hanging of a petty criminal. Despite how far our lives have come, there are still many aspects of our communities rife with poverty and crime, with cases of injustice still very much apparent, yet still no further forward in removing this vivid divide among society.

As technology advances so quickly around us, and our moral obligations are tested further on a daily basis, it’s unsurprising that we feel suffocated by life, particularly as regardless of these advances, many of us still struggle to get beyond the borders of poverty.

So how do we free ourselves from these barriers? How do we climb the ladder of society and truly embrace life? When simple tasks seem so arduous, our motivation to succeed is at an all time low. Unemployment is consistently high or rising, and our faith in the political system – any party – is slowly diminishing. No wonder we have encountered a coalition when no one party stands glowing, we are merely ushered to the polling station as an obligation yet without gusto, on the premise of a brighter future. Angela Merkel did not win a majority vote either – is this lack of faith becoming ever global?

To avoid further decline or lack of ambition, we need to turn to opportunity and faith in all around us. Faith is often associated with religion but in fact it can refer to anything that we hold close to our heart; anything that makes us feel empowered and motivated. By surrounding ourselves with something that lifts us, we can begin to consider furthering our potential and embracing the opportunities around us. This could be your family, music, art or nature and the great outdoors. Whatever gives you warmth and happiness, and you can lean upon in times of trouble to lift your spirits, is the faith you need to further your life and aspirations. So no matter what is happening in the world, you can be determined and ultimately feel fulfilled in your life.