"Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair." - Yehuda Berg

001: Welcome to the Podcast Series

In this premiere episode, Coz introduces you to the Be Inspired By Hope Podcast Series. Learn how to unlock the power of hope in your life. Coz shares inspirational stories, thoughtful interviews, and valuable lessons. Coz will guide you along his journey; from darkness into light; from overwhelming defeat to amazing victories. Coz busts many of the myths about hope and exposes the real enemies of hope. He reveals the seven authentic sources of hope: purpose, faith, love, forgiveness, courage, gratitude, and persistence.

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Episode One Show Notes:

In episode one, Coz will explain why he would like to be your guide on your journey together to discover more hope. Coz will define what hope is and where it comes from. Coz will introduce you to the seven principles of hope that he has rediscovered. And finally, he will discuss two primary enemies of hope and how to reduce them in your life.

The King’s Highway

Once a king had a great highway built for the members his kingdom. After it was completed, but before it was opened to the public, the king decided to have a great contest. He invited as many of his kingdom that wished to participate. The contest was to see who could travel the highway best.
On the day of the contest the entire kingdom showed up. Some of them had fine chariots, some had fine clothing, fine hairdos, or great food. Some young men even came in their track clothes and ran along the King’s new highway. People traveled the highway all day, but each one, when he arrived at the end, complained to the king that there was a large pile of rocks and debris left on the road at one spot, and this got in their way and hindered their travel.
At the end of the day, a lone traveler completed his journey and wearily walked over to the king. He was tired and dirty, but he addressed the king with great respect and handed him a bag of gold.
He explained, “I stopped along your highway to clear away a pile of rocks and debris that was blocking the road and holding everyone back. This bag of gold was under it all, and I want you to return it to its rightful owner.”
The king replied, “You are the rightful owner.”
The traveler replied, “Oh no, this is not mine. I’ve never known such wealth.”
“Oh yes,” said the king, “you’ve earned this gold, for you won my contest. He who travels the road best is he who makes the road smoother for those who will follow.”

Marianne Williamson Quote:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

“Someday Isle” – by Denis Waitley

There is an Island fantasy called “Someday Isle” I’ll never see;
Recession stops, inflation ceases,
My mortgage is paid and my pay increases;
Someday I’ll where problems end
Every piece of mail is from a friend;
The children are sweet and already grown
Where all the other countries can go it alone;
We all retire at forty-one
playing backgammon in the island sun.
HAPPINESS cannot be sought
It can’t be owned, it can’t be bought;
Where you are right here, right now,
pushing the pencil, or pushin’ the plow.
Life’s most important revelation
is that happiness is the journey
as least as much as the destination.
It’s knockin’ on doors and makin’ your calls,
it’s getting back up after your falls.
It’s going to school and standing in line,
It’s tasting defeat. And tasting the wine.
I’ve been trudging through life
going mile after mile,
but I’ll never set foot on “Someday Isle.”
I’ve paid all my dues and put in my time
and out of nowhere. . .another Mount Everest to climb;
I’ve decided today to make it my vow
to take “Someday Isle” and make it. . .NOW!

Christopher Reeve Quote:

“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.”

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Learn how to unlock the power of hope in your life. Coz shares inspirational stories, thoughtful interviews, and valuable lessons.