#HOPE by Joe Mannetti

As it’s his birthday, I wanted to share again the following piece by our Give ’em Hope brother Joe Mannetti. Have a wonderful birthday Joe…much love to you. David


HOPE by Joe Mannetti


I wanted to leave everyone with something positive today. The biggest tragedy, to me, is seeing so many people give up hope. There is always hope. Life is always worth the struggles. Hard times can help us to grow and make important changes in our lives – necessary life saving changes. It does not matter if others don’t understand or agree with you all of the time. Sometimes, you need to assess how well you have been selecting your “friends” and take responsibility for making some choices for the future. Never regret what you have done. It’s over. You cannot change it. You did it for a reason and, at that moment, it is what you had to do. Move on! In some cases, you are not losing friends you let go of so much as you are gaining insight. Nothing stays the same, including relationships. It is very empowering to gain the confidence to let go of what needs to be left behind. It is not easy. But you have to be strong enough to do it, even when EVERYONE else may be telling you that you are wrong. You guide your own life! Don’t take dictation on how to run your journey from others who don’t support you. Find your own inner voice of strength, and create your own path. The pain does not go away immediately – or the sense of being alone in your journey. But, as time goes by, the negative feedback from others matters less than the confidence that you develop to be your own person.


This too shall pass. I am living this process right now, and I am embracing the challenges of each new day. I am stronger. I have never stopped working as a counselor or volunteering as a community outreach activist. I am looking forward to the event that I have the honor of co-hosting with my friend Jed Ryan. I will be working with some truly caring people who are all volunteering their services just to help others in the community. This is a gift. I accept it, and I am thankful to have a life that allows me to have true friends and “family” in it. People like Christine O’Leary have been wonderful to me. Life is not “good.” It is AMAZING! Cherish it.


About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (www.pacificinstitute.co.uk), personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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