I want to express my sincere gratitude for the many, wonderful people who have, by accepting the HUG Award, become a part of a diverse group of people with a plethora of different lifestyles, careers, talents, cultures, nationalities, and ethnic and spiritual backgrounds.
The one thing that HUG Award recipients have in common is they are wonderful, talented, loving people who are doing their part to keep hope alive and make the world a better place to live.
People, WordPress blogs, and other blogs and websites have received the HUG Award, but the HUG Award has also traveled outside the Internet world to ministers, speakers, musicians, and others. (The HUG Award is not limited to WordPress blogs.)
In addition, because I have visited several of the nominees’ Internet sites, I am aware of some of the places around the globe where the HUG Award has traveled. I can truthfully say, “Hope Unites Globally!”
I have received so many encouraging, positive responses from HUG Award recipients. Many have expressed their heart-felt appreciation and honor in receiving the HUG Award. Some have even expressed their appreciation for my creation of such a positive award.
One of my favorite comments was in an article a gentleman posted on his Internet site upon his receipt of the HUG Award. I believe he captured the true essence of the HUG Award when he said:
“I must admit to not being very good at responding to award nominations… I generally find myself busy doing and writing about other things to pick up the baton. However, I feel that the HUG award deserves a prompt response as it clearly has intentions to improve the world we live in by encouraging understanding and compassion amongst people of all races, colours, creeds, etc.”
I know that some of the HUG Award nominees have not been informed yet of their nomination. I am sure people realize it is too large a task for me to notify all these folks, however, I eventually hope to visit each of their Internet sites and congratulate them on their nomination.
If you received a HUG Award, and you informed me of others you nominated for the award, please make sure you also informed your nominees.
Not all HUG Award nominees are HUG Award recipients. Some HUG Award nominees have not yet accepted the HUG Award. Again, they possibly are not aware of their nomination for the award. Others are not interested in the HUG Award, or awards in general.
And, because the HUG Award is a thought-provoking award, which causes people to be honest with themselves, some people honestly do not believe they deserve the HUG Award.
Because the HUG Award is more than just a blog award, it has challenged people to think about whether they agree with the HUG Award Guidelines at http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/.
I encourage people to follow the HUG Award Guidelines for accepting and sharing the HUG Award because, as the award is perpetuated, I do not want it to lose its integrity. I want all current and future Hug Award nominees and recipients to know what an honor it is to receive the award.
It is my sincere hope that all those who accept the HUG Award understand, appreciate, and work toward living up to the “hopes” in the HUG Award.
If you believe you meet the Guidelines and would like to receive the HUG Award, please visit the Guideline page and leave me a comment. If you would like to nominate someone else for the HUG Award, please follow the same procedure.
By no later than Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2012, I plan to have a page posted at http://ahopefortoday.com/hug-award-nominees/ on A Hope for Today (http://ahopefortoday.com) that will have an up-to-date list of people and/or sites that are HUG Award nominees. The page will list only the HUG Award nominees, because I have not verified HUG Award recipients.
The only way I know someone has received the HUG Award is when he/she leaves a comment on the HUG Award Guidelines post. By a HUG Award recipient nominating just one person for the HUG Award, I become aware that he/she has accepted the HUG Award.
I appreciate your patience with me while I try to capture as many of the HUG Award nominees as possible. I would rather do a page of HUG Award recipients, but HUG Award nominees will have to do for now.
Blessings, Connie Wayne