What I Do Memes Describing Me

You ever run across those “What I Do” memes? If you don’t know, these memes give viewpoints of a profession or type of person from various “people” like society, family, friends, and more. These memes represent my various titles in life. Enjoy.

I’d say that was pretty accurate. The last two were not the best but I loved the first four.

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Repost: What Am I Optimistic About?

Dante’s Optimism is the 3rd name change for this blog. It’s called Dante’s Optimism, but do you have any idea what I’m optimistic about?

I post nice stuff like good news, inspirational quotes, and all of that. But, is that something I really care about? Do I believe in that?

Well, yeah, to some degree. But, they don’t always match what I personally feel. What is optimism? Hey, Merriam-Webster, help me out.

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I Have Enduring Optimism?

Sometimes, a name is a very powerful thing. Some people have a name they can try to live up to. Some people’s names mean hope. Love. Prosperity. Courage. Heroic. Funny.

My name is Dante, and it means “enduring”.

What does enduring mean? Well, readers of this blog know I consult Merriam-Webster for my definitions so here we go. Enduring means: lasting, durable.

When you consider the name of the blog, Dante’s Optimism, it could also be seen as “Enduring Optimism”. Now, this could be interpreted in a couple of ways:

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Big Personal Update

Hey, there’s a been a sudden change in my life. It’s not bad news, but it does impact my blogging performance so I wanted to make sure you knew what was going on.

So, I just got this new job and the hours are pretty incredible. I will barely have time to myself and my writing projects. Not just that, but I actually won’t have much time for my lighting ministry and overall church activities. I will share my list of things that are going to have to be cut back or eliminated altogether.

  • Two small time jobs are gone (one was at church)
  • No more volunteering at the foodbank
  • No more working with church to do community activities
  • Probably will have to let go of a couple of writing roles at the 5 places I write at
  • Reduced time to keep lighting ministry up to date. Keep it up and running
  • Won’t be able to watch Sixers games (this one hurts a great deal)

Well, with that said, I am reworking my writing schedule. As usual, Dante’s Optimism is my top priority. The newsletter is fine. But, I will have to condense the blogging posts here to once a week in a similar format as the newsletter.

This was a long way of saying that there is a new feature coming to the blog and this blog will become somewhat quiet (oh, wait, it already is). In fact, the new feature is going to look similar to the old Daily Good Stuff posts before like, the early 200’s. Good times. After that it turned into crap.

Visit My New Website!

Hello, Optimists! How are things going? I hope all is well and I am praying for those dealing with hurricane weather. My latest newsletter addressed some of that.

Right, so you’re here about the new website. I am pleased to announce DanteWrites.com, the official site of Dante Nelson. This is not a blog…really. It’s really more of a core for all things me in the writing world as well as the lighting world.

Yes, this site has all of the links for all of my written work on the web. It also houses info about my BRAND NEW BOOK coming out the end of the month. You’re the first people I’ve told about this book too. I can’t wait to share my discount with you for following me on this blog.

You’ll be able to see lighting videos and articles I make. I also have intentions of making videos exclusive to just the site.

That site links back to this blog as well. I recently told you how this site saved my life. This blog ain’t going anywhere, but, I needed to invest quite some time in building the site and that explains why this blog wasn’t as active as I liked it to be. But, again, that’s not a blog. It’s a website that will only update when I deem it necessary or when there’s an update about my writing and/or lighting projects I need to share.

So, if you need or want to keep track of where I am and what I write, then you’ll want to hit that site. Thanks for the support!

How This Blog Saved My Life

It’s kind of funny how you can spend your time trying to help others but inadvertently help yourself, perhaps even more than anyone else.

There was a time when I basically said life didn’t matter. Late 2015 until now has been a tough road and I am all out of options. Family. Gone. Career. Gone. Academic aspirations. Gone.

In February 2011, I launched a blog called National Sixers. A little later, I launched a blog called Dante’s Opinion. Dante’s Opinion turned into DALANEL which turned into Dante’s Optimism. Little did I know, this blog would literally save my life.

I think just about all of us has something we cling to when we’re in a dark place. It could be a person, a concept, item, song, place, or whatever. For me, I found out it was this blog. When I was ready to give up on everything, I had this blog.

To be honest, I would not be here today if I didn’t have this blog. I know it. I just know it. It’s hard to explain. I actually don’t believe in “things” making an impact like this, so this is like a…a big deal. Just looking at the pain I have faced, I noticed a trend: I write when I’m…lost…sad…depressed…I write. If not the blog, I would write for any of the other websites I contribute to. If not there, I’ll go ahead and write a short skit, sometimes, based off of the real life trauma I’m facing.

You reading this and following this blog really helped too. You helped to save my life. Thank you. If I had to stop writing…if I had to stop blogging…it would be the end of me.

People close to me don’t really appreciate what this blog means to me. Some think it’s a hobby. Some think it’s a cute little thing to pass time. It’s so much more than that. That’s something I realized about myself in the past couple of weeks. This blog was lowkey pushing me onward for years.

Sometimes I wonder if I had been writing when I was a kid, would I be able to deal with crap better. Would I be a better person? Live a better life? Be more confident? See, that’s what blogging has done for me. But, here I am. A not that good person trying to figure out my purpose. Why I should keep getting out of bed. And, when I think about shutting myself down, I think about this blog and I continue to think of better days ahead.

That’s how this blog saved my life.