When I initially put the idea out about my hope for Baseball Across America, I wrote there would be people who would like to see me fail. I knew there would be people who would just not understand and rather be part of the solution would choose to be part of the problem.
As I was waiting for Qwest to fix a vandalism problem and get everyone’s internet back on, I heard of some negators. I don’t want to put any more negative out there but I wanted to make a point about hope. I don’t want to say what negative I heard. It was ill-will and uninformed and I felt the need to point out the good. So I wanted to start this post with just some of the places inside and outside of this nation that have helped support me so far and show the good rather than talk about the bad. To the people who have chimed in from all these places, thank you.
Garland-Texas, Chicago-Illinois, Royal Oak-Michigan, Corpus Christi- Texas, Houston-Texas, Burlington-Ontario, Pompano Beach-Florida, Cocoa Beach-Florida, Bradenton-Florida, San Diego-California, Lakewood-Ohio, Philadelphia-Pennsylvania, Lake Orion-Michigan, New Berlin-Wisconsin, Saint Paul-Minnesota, Chula-Vista- California, Sackville-New Brunswick, Santa Clarita- California, Denver-Colorado, Pueblo-Colorado, Acton-Massachusetts, Sterling Heights-Michigan, Elk Grove Village-Illinois, Madison-Wisconsin, Portage-Indiana, Seoul-South Korea, Miami-Florida, Hampton-Virginia, Bernie-Missouri, Gillete-Wyoming and the list goes on.
These are some of the places in this world I’ve gotten support from and they stretch from military bases in far away lands to small towns in the heartland to Canadian brothers and sisters north of the border.
Heading into tomorrow and such a large day in American history, I was reminded hope begins in the heart. Many people will try and crush hope for so many reasons, but if you keep it where it is protected in the deepest parts of your soul then it can’t be defeated.
In 1963 one American inspired millions and had hope in a dream.
In 2008 Americans went to the polls, hoping for a new direction and hoping and electing another man inspired by a dream over 40 years ago.
To believe this man can solve all the world’s woes is foolish. Hoping he can help bring good and inspire others to do more is not.
I know before it’s all said and done there will be more people who will interject their negative opinion into what I believe. I’m not swayed by their negativity. My hope started in my heart and will grow there supported by so many great people and places in this world.
The next time you have an idea and hope, and it is a good thing in this world, let it grow. There will be those there to test you and hope to create more negative. Hope to create more positive instead.
Congratulations Mr. Obama and may you continue to inspire people to do more and be more in their lives. You inspire many people to hope and that is not a bad thing. You will not be perfect nor successful in everything you do in office, but I will believe you will do your best and I’ll do the same in helping make this country and world a little better place to live.
And if anyone needs a lesson in hope just drop by Illinois, not for advice from our new President, but from fans of these guys. They know all about hope!