The end of Dante’s Optimism is here

In 2011, I started a blog. It was called Dante’s Opinion. It grew into something more. It grew into this.

It’s with a heavy heart that I announce the end of Dante’s Optimism. My optimism. And, for now, this is the end of my blogging career.

At first, I was just going to let the blog sit here and gather dust. But, when I look at the number of subscribers and comments and fans, I realize I owe you an explanation. Some of you have been following me for years. Following my optimism. I’m going to tell you why this is the end.

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The Worst Year of Dante’s Optimism

I mean, you saw this coming. We’ll talk about the worst year in terms of views for this blog. We’ll exclude 2018, for obvious reasons.

No, I have to admit, I thought 2011 would be the worst year. That was when I first started my blogging journey. I had no idea what I was doing. But, in 2012, things went downhill as I didn’t even get half of the views from the year prior.

2012 was, indeed, the worst year. And I have no idea why.

Still, 2011 and 2012 combined didn’t get me 1,000 views. Christ. I mean, c’mon, dude. 2018 already has more views than those two years combined. And 2018 is trying to avoid being the third worst view year. Like, dang!

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Tuesday Testimony: God Provides

Sometimes, the “small things” are big. Check this out:

I want to thank and praise Jesus who is my all in all, my Father who cares for me. I was feeling discouraged and The LORD appointed two people to come to my apartment block to talk to me and I received some reading material from them. Although I do not believe in joining groups, the reading material and the sincerity of the two persons impressed and encouraged me that God is near to me. It confirmed to me that He does not want me giving my services to the agenda of this world’s system. He wants me to be pure for Him. The LORD keeps reminding me that He has reserved a people that will not bow to baal or serve baal not because they are anything but because He has called chosen them to remain faithful. He has empowered them to remain steadfastly faithful to Him! Praise Jesus :o)

I needed some cartons for my move interstate and I committed to The LORD about that. I also wanted to buy some raisin bread as the bread has now spoilt. When I got to the supermarket, The LORD made me to consider about asking whether they had some spare cartons I could have. I thought to myself that they would not give to me I didn’t think… I happened to walk around the corner of an aisle to an assistant who was filling stock and I asked if I could buy some boxes (I felt silly to ask) and he didn’t quite understand it but looked at me bewildered and said these boxes are empty and gave me two of them ! I was so grateful…

I decided not to buy the bread as the timing was not right (I didn’t want the bread to spoil sitting in the car under the hot sunshine) so I went to the library and then on my way home wanted to stop by a kiosk to get the raisin bread. There was only one parking bay available and the car next to it had parked over the bay a little which made it dangerous for me to park there, I decided to go home and leave the car there and come get the bread on foot instead. When I arrived my apartment unit, on the gate was a plastic bag with a loaf of raisin bread in it! The LORD had put it on my neighbour’s heart to do that, bless The LORD and my neighbour… I ate three slices and wept with gratitude.

Friends, God cares for us so much. If we would sincerely ask Him to fill our needs rather than go fill our need ourselves we will see He is faithful to provide and He can do it beating all…


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My Prayer for Healing of Herpes

A while ago, I posted a testimony from a website. This person talked about how God healed of herpes. Since then, people have been commenting on that post either sharing a similar testimony, or asking for prayer for their eventual healing.

So, a prayer is what I’m going to give. Let me share these comments first.

Comment one:

Thank you for this post. I’m in tears. I’m 51, single 2 years now. Out of an long relationship. I’ve always believed and loved The Lord but through the break up God really showed me who He is and about how I’ve been missing so much of what’s He’s been trying to tell me. My heart was broken but I’ve never been happier, well with exception to the one and only person I’ve had sex with since the breakup gave me Herpes. I let my guard down in protecting me and waiting because the connection was so strong and this individual was so close to God. Turns out he wasn’t the guy for me. Not because he gave this to me but for other reasons. This was about 4 months ago. I very much believe in the power of prayer and healing. Years ago God took away a 9 year smoking habit with not one craving. Currently, I asked a guy out and have felt excited about the possibility of a lifetime with him. We’ve only spoken about 4 times but I can tell he has qualities I admire. We spoke last night on the phone where he proceeded to tell me about an internet date he’d had who he liked, was very pretty, an attorney, never married, no kids, who he was interested in before she told him she had genital herpes. He said he felt bad for her, tried to remain friends but he didn’t want that for himself and she still desired him as a partner and wanted kids. He sounded kind of grossed out about it. Said he looked into it, saw pictures etc. I get it! I would probably feel the same. As you can imagine I was in shock to have this conversation go this way. He asked me if anyone ever told me that and I said no. I didn’t say anything else. Imagine my shock. I went from excited to hear from him to this is over.


All night I’ve been wondering what to do. I wasn’t going to say, hey so do I and tell him my story. I don’t need or want him to judge me or pity me or look at me as tainted. I have to see him saturday for a business thing and then I don’t have to ever see him. He asked me out for tonight and I said yes. I’m thinking I shouldn’t go.

My lot in life is to have an abundant life of love. I know that God will give me the desires of my heart. He taught me how to truly love someone, others and especially myself so therefore there just has to be the one for me. I’m not really sure how to handle this guy. I know he’s interested too and I would in no way move into a physical relationship until much longer than the other guy because I want to be sure about him.

I didn’t move fast with the other guy either but hindsight there were signs that he might not be the one for me. I just got caught up. But this guy, him having said this to me out right and for me to carry on with him and for him begin to fall for me I’m thinking isn’t fair. I have faith that I will see a negative lab test in my future too but perhaps I should wait for that day to start dating.

I really put my life in God’s hands, have prayed about this man before he asked me out (after I approached him ( : God knows my heart and desires, it seems so peculiar that this topic would come up so quickly. I don’t really know what God might be trying to tell me. I’m disheartened for sure. I ask for guidance everyday. I was thinking this guy could be the one since I chose him.

Thank you for your prayer. Thank you for sharing ALL That you did here. I’ve been confessing all night, “The Lord forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.” Psalm 103:3

I’m really not sure how to handle this. Any advice? It would be great if I could date him for a few months and confess God’s word with my faith daily, hourly and leave it in His hands and after a few months get tested again and if it’s still present break it off. As I type it, I know that’s still not fair to him. I will take it one day at a time. I’m going to go tonight, with God by my side and see what happens. Finish my business with him on Saturday and then slow things down if he wants to progress. God has my back what is meant to be will be.

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News: Teacher Buys Students Shoes With Money She Won

I end this lovely storm with a really nice story.

Bri Dredge, who won $20,000 on the game show Millionaire Hot Seat, used her winnings to buy her students at Yuille Park Community College in Ballarat new leather shoes, reported the New Zealand Herald.

Alright, I’m out. Be sure to read more on this.