(This piece was originally published on my Substack The Daily Draft with Zac Small, a new resource where I’m creating content that goes beyond the scope of Masculinity, Marriage, Fatherhood, and Sobriety which I’m keeping on here)
You are who you’ve been looking for.
Right now, everyone is searching for someone to believe in; I’m writing this to shine a light into the dark recesses of your mind and subconscious to show it’s within you that the someone you’re looking for can be found.
- There are literal wars going on, and some people are working on getting the United States involved; we want nothing more than for a “General Patton” to let us know there’s a Warrior in charge who knows what he’s doing and is leading the way, so we’re all going to be okay.
- There’s a recession falling upon the American people, and all we want is to look in the newspaper or at the television and see someone say; we’ve got this covered; we’re going to make it – together.
- There are riots, racism, distorted sexuality, and violence everywhere we turn, this is not the world we expected for ourselves or our children, and all we want is to see a champion rise from these ashes with a light so bright it blinds the evil and returns the world to a state of normalcy and peace…
Read Part I of II Here:
In each example, we’re maintaining hope, but that hope is diminishing, and thus, Part II of ‘Have Hope’ had to be written; the little hope you have will continue to fade as you realize each day that there are no superheroes coming to save the day, Marvel makes movies, and those heroes on the big screen, they aren’t real. The change we desire will only be found when we see that it’s dedication required, not distractions needed.
The only hope we can guarantee is that which we manifest into existence through actions of our own:
- Who told us to stop believing we were the hero?
- What will it take for us to find that power inside of us?
- When did we hang up our cape?
- Where are heroes found if not within the chest of regular men and women?
- Why do we look to others in our time of need?
There’s hope to make it out of this chaos, and that hope is closer than ever, but you’re going to have to make an intentional choice to grab it. Like having the keys to your prison cell in your hand, to be free from the walls which are closing in, you have to get up, unlock the door, and walk through it to freedom.
Recent events in life may have knocked your confidence, positivity, and patience down a few pegs. It may have also dimmed the light within you and blocked the bright hope you once saw in the future for you and your children – to that, I say, get up.
Take another chance; this time, place your bets on you.
The World: Focus on the fear, stress, and division.
The Small Family: No. pic.twitter.com/GkAQh5px07
— Zac Small (@ZacSmall_) September 14, 2021
Don’t look to any politician or celebrity to come in and change things for the better; don’t look to the news, TV shows, movies, or books for the solution to be shared.
Everyone else has failed, and yet you’re still here, maybe down and a little beat up mentally, but you’re still here, and now it’s time for you to place all of your chips on you – we’re going all in on us making this thing work, and we’re going to collect our winnings once we do. Take a moment to reflect on the fact that everything which has been lobbed your way in life thus far has been unable to break you. Do you ever spend time thinking about that? You’ve faced immense challenges over the years, and here you stand thinking you aren’t strong enough or things will never work out, yet you’re the tough one who’s still pushing forward – you wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t, so give yourself some credit.
You’re Going to Make It
This time, you are going to make a dream come true, and you are going to make it to the point where you see the light in the future again; you’ll do this through manifesting it within yourself.
Nobody is coming to save any of us.
That’s not meant to be another weight dropped on those shoulders already carrying the baggage of the world; it may come across as a negative, but that statement is the most liberating message one can receive; it’s your permission to prioritize yourself as it’s the one phrase which gives you expressed permission to look within and believe, “If they’re not going to save me, then maybe it’s on me to save me”, and it’s here we must focus our attention.
The hope for the future is found within the possibility of viewing ourselves as powerful enough to detach from this vicious cycle of amplified negativity. I have hope that you can find this strength, and if you do, there’s hope for you to create a greater future than the present, and the growth experienced as a result of this self-ownership will be you saving yourself and heading forward believing you’re worth the effort and are strong enough to face anything which challenges you in the future.
Until you believe you’re strong enough to survive without the hate of the world in your life, you’ll forever hate yourself and others for their lack of doing the work for you. Letting go is okay; you don’t need the world; you need yourself and your loved ones. Whether any country continues to exist or is nuked off this planet, it makes no difference in the grand scheme of your life because you won’t be worried about Russia or Ukraine when you’re gasping for another breath and fighting for another moment of life. All that will matter at the end of your days is your friends and your family.
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You have access, time, and the energy to be with your loved ones now; become your hero and save yourself from the distractions so you can make more memories with the real priorities, those you choose to focus on and not those you’ve been told were to be placed at the forefront of your mind. I work one-on-one with men and women who need to recalibrate what their time and money are being spent on because they find themselves caught in the cycle of mainstream manipulation. You choose who gets your time and what it is you find value in, not singers, actresses, or influencers – you.
This is all intentional;
you’ve been straight up lied to and convinced by people who want to control you that you need to prioritize them, and to that, I’m throwing the “BULLSHIT FLAG”.
I don’t watch the news, I don’t have cable, I don’t care about celebrity gossip, and I’m aware but unaffected by the political moves playing out. Do you think this has negatively impacted my family or I?
Nobody can offer you what you need; nobody but you.
Your only hope to reclaim control over your life – control which will offer you a sense of hope that it will be okay is you; that requires you to withdraw from the rat race you’re currently in.
Below I’ll share a few examples and different ways to approach this; keep in mind that what actions you need to take are going to be unique to you, so the best I can do is share my view, advice, and suggestions in a broad manner for you to take and hone in on your specific situation.