by Daniel · 2 comments

“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.” – Orison Swett Marden

As a man of venture I must admit I have had some extreme ups and downs in my life. My desire to do something special in this world coupled with the desire for freedom to choose which way to head, has always offered me a new Hope for things to come. My ego, on the other hand has often lead me to pain!

Today, I must keep my ego in check and my Hope alive! Hope especially during the tough times is the fuel to keep us moving forward. For me personally, Hope is my Prozac! Without Hope I would have tossed in the towel already. As long as I have Hope within I have a shot to fulfill my God given talents, desires and mission.

It is no wonder that Hope is categorized with Faith and Love in the Bible with Love being the most important of all. Yet if you think about it, without the other it is difficult to have any of the three. Without Faith how can you have Hope? Without Hope do you truly have Faith? Certainly without Love what are the other two?  I was having a challenging day yesterday and I received a message from a friend to please call asap.  When I called she told me a friend of mine was having some challenges and would I call?  Of course I did and to be honest I felt an abundance of joy to have the opportunity that after so many years I could be there for him.  Another friendly reminder that God has a better plan.

Today I pray, “Lord, keep me true, let me Love, and thank you for the Hope You have given me, I have the Faith that You today and every day will continue to lead the way”! Amen…

Go, Go, Go…

Dan 🙂

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William E. Hay February 25, 2012 at 8:49 am

Good morning Dan,
The words you speak of hope are so powerful for it is the foundation of a healthy and happy life. Like you, I have had my ups and downs, and I have come to realize my ego steered my life in the wrong direction. This lead me to making the wrong choices. I have no regrets for this has brought to a wonderful place, my faith was a great friend in making peace with my past. Upon coming back from a relapse, I knew that if I did not water my plant of hope and to nuture it thru prayer and trust in the Lord, that my life would end up in a place I no longer chose to be. In trusting the lord to heal me, and the 12 steps of AA, the gift of love was born within my spirit.
The vey fact that the greatest minds of our world have proven a direct connection between hope and our immune systems. To let go of hope is to begin dying!
To be able to love has brought so much joy to my life. When I first became sober I was full of fear, once I replaced that with faith I began to love. To tell a friend, I love you feeds the soul, to go to a meeting and share your love thru fellowshipping is giving of yourself without ego, then you truly receive love which feeds your faith, hope, and inspires me to do the work. In returning home I often read the bible to celebrate all that I am grateful for.
As you know, I consider you a mentor in my life, and as you always say you must do the work for that daily reprieve of waking to alife full of hope, faith, and to say at the top of our lungs, what a great day!
To carry the love and light of the Lord everyday, a great gift indeed.
Love you Big Dan,

Lizz Papadatos February 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Well Dan, I know you for over a decade now. Funny how the universe works. I went to one of my Your Wish is Your Command meetup groups. I had to share what wish am I working on now. I shared how I have been trying to get out of debt for last 6 years. I specifically spoke about our conversation which was the best one and gets me through every tough situation. You sat me down and said “if you focus on being in debt, you will always be in debt. You will attract even more debt.” What you said next is the key: you said “Believe me you will get out of debt, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.” You gave me hope and the belief that it is not as bad as it seemed and that you cannot doubt it is going to happen.

It took me six long years to get this into my head especially the doubt. I was just so so fearful and felt so ashamed which caused pain emotionally as well. I am now getting completely out of debt. I am now going to have the ability to show and/or help other’s that anything is possible if they have hope and a burning desire to achieve it.

There were many people at meeting and I can tell you I never thought it would impact so many people. They are contacting me and are ever grateful that there is hope and they too can have, be, and do all that they desire.

It is all about freedom from fear and doubt more importantly to desire freedom above all else. Let nothing get in it’s way. I truly believe too that hope and faith are one in the same, go hand in hand.

I am ever grateful that I have met people like yourself. I know I can call anytime and lean on you. I am even more glad that you told me it is better to be the Go To Person. It is all about the giving, sharing, caring and ultimately loving each other. The world will be a much better place if we all hoped it would be.

Thanks OFL you are the greatest!


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