Hope Unites Globally HUG Awards’ Update

Two weeks ago, on January 14, 2012, I (Connie Wayne) at A Hope for Today initiated the Hope Unites Globally HUG Award.

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

A Hope Like Cooked Eggs

People who seek hope for today are people who need a hope for today that is like cooked eggs.  People need today’s hope articles to be presented in different ways to help them seize the day/carpe diem.

Some who seek hope and inspiration for today, need a hope similar to “sunny side up or eggs up.”

Others need a hope for today similar to “over easy or sunny side down” eggs.  Others need a more comprehensive hope for today message.

Then there are those who like a scrambled combination of A Hope for Today articles.

On any given day, however, the same person may want eggs cooked differently than they were cooked yesterday.  Yesterday a person may have wanted “sunny side up” eggs, and today that same person may want “sunny side down” eggs.  That is also true of those who seek a hope for today.  From day-to-day, people’s needs for hope change.

When I recently took a personal inventory of A Hope for Today articles, I found articles that correspond with, what I call, “a hope similar to cooked eggs.”

“SUNNY SIDE UP” ARTICLES

“Sunny side up” articles are for people who seek a hope for today as a “pick me up” to cheer them and help them start their day on a bright, happy note.  These articles often have a somewhat whimsical title:

A Hope for Happy Feet and Dancing Shoes; A Hope for the Exciting; A Hope from Bozo the Bop Bag; A Hope for Chicken Little; A Hope in a New Sunrise; A Hope That is Contagious:  Enthusiasm; A Hope in Sauntering; A Hope from the Fabric of Our Lives

“SUNNY SIDE DOWN or OVER EASY” ARTICLES

Those who have personal problems sometimes have a “sunny side down” day. They need more than a “sunny side up hope.”  They need a gentle, light instructional message of hope that includes a possible “how to” in it.

Even though A Hope for Today articles never give people specific instructions on how to believe or how to live their lives, the articles do include some “over easy” or light instructional “how to” information on some important life issues:

A Hope for Success; A Hope in Failure; A Hope for Wholeness; A Hope from a Ridge-Pole:  Balance; A Hope for More Than Human Tensile Strength; A Hope from a Couch Potato: Stillness; A Hope for Guidance; A Hope for Renewal; A Hope for Joy and Gladness; A Hope for Last Year’s Husks; A Hope from a Wisdom Marinade; A Hope for Escaping Bitterness: A Hope to “Carpe Diem,” Seize the Day; A Hope for Getting Out of the Pits; A Hope During a Recession; A Hope for An Empty Pot:  Usefulness; A Hope in Gratitude; A Hope for the Rainy Day Blues; A Hope in Darkness; A Hope for the Lonely; A Hope for Progress.

MORE COMPREHENSIVE HOPE ARTICLES

Then there are those who search for hope beyond a “sunny side up” or a “sunny side down” hope.  They search for a comprehensive hope that is inclusive of all humanity.  They search for a hope for pressing global issues–a hope to understand, unite, and become a part of the solution for the world’s problems.  These articles are tough articles that challenge people to think deeply and react to some of the world’s pressing needs:

A Hope for Moral Courage; A Hope That Ripples; A Hope from Sandpipers:  Unity; A Hope for A Connected Life: Global Unity; A Hope in Human Diversity; A Hope for Water; A Hope from a Hummingbird; Hope Unites Globally; Hope Unites Globally- HUG Award Guidelines.

SCRAMBLED ARTICLES on HOPE

Scrambled articles on hope can belong in several different categories of hope, or they may be in a group all by themselves:

A Hope from a Windchime; A Hope in “Just a Minute;” A Hope for American Government; A Hope for Worship; A Hope in a Greeting, Word or Phrase; A Hope from Chinese New Year Celebration; A Hope from Winter:  More Light; A Hope Through Heaven’s Eyes; A Hope Upon Awakening.

Whatever type of hope you seek, it is my sincere desire that you will stop by A Hope for Today and find an article that can give you a hope for today.

A Hope for Guidance

Submarines have sonar; airplanes have flight guidance systems and radar; and salmon have an innate knowledge that instinctly guides them.  But what about you and me, when we need, pray, and hope for guidance?  What do we have to help guide us through our darkness?

There have been many times in my life when I have felt like a lost, wayfaring stranger– not knowing what to do, where to go, when to stop, when to go, where to turn, what mountain to climb, what valley or desert to cross, what river to swim, etc.  I hoped and prayed for guidance that I soooooo needed.

Now that I have many years of life behind me, I consider myself a life veteran, who has lived in the trenches and been through and learned from many skirmishes and battles.

As a life veteran, I do not have all the answers, but I have learned that people only learn as they go–learn as they grow.  People can acquire knowledge and skills to prepare themselves well, but they only learn to use those assets when they begin to practice or apply them.

People do not know how to be soldiers on a battlefield until they are soldiers on a battlefield.  People do not know how to be married until they marry; learn how to be a single mother until they are a single mother; learn how to live in poverty until they live in poverty

People do not learn how to live with illness until they live with an illness; learn how to take care of a sick loved one until they have a sick loved one; learn how to lose a loved until they lose a loved one; learn how to be a senior citizen living alone until they are a senior citizen who lives alone, etc.

Because my children are now adults, I have a veteran parent’s wisdom I now share with my daughters.  The one thing I consistently tell them is, “You learn to be a parent while you are a parent.  You only learn to be a baby’s parent, when you are a baby’s parent, and you learn to be an adolescent’s parent, when you are an adolescent’s parent.

You learn to be a teenager’s parent, when you are a teenager’s parent; you learn to be an adult child’s parent, when you are an adult child’s parent; you learn to be a grandparent, when you are a grandparent.  And I am still learning in those last two areas of parenting.

As long as I live, I will continue to think of life as a school, and I will always be an enrolled, actively engaged student.

Until about a year ago, I never had the Internet in my home.  Until six months ago, I never really understood what a blog was.  Until two months ago, I never dreamed that I would have my own website with a Word Press blog platform.  I still feel like I need guidance in this latest endeavor, but somehow I am muddling through and learning as I go.  And, it has been meaningful work that has also been very enjoyable.

Sometimes people recognize guidance as the voice of the Spirit within them; sometimes it is an instinctive or intuitive knowing; sometimes it is just taking a step and seeing where your foot lands and what happens next.  Sometimes it is all of those things.

There is a saying that says, “If you have never made any mistakes, you have never done anything.”  Oftentimes people receive the best guidance from the mistakes they make, and I have made plenty.

My mistakes have given me a certainty, a sure knowing, that the mistakes I made were not the right choices or path for me.  It was then, and only then, that I received guidance to do something else that was the right thing to get me where I needed to go, or teach me what I needed to know.

Life has been both my home school and my home school teacher.  For some reason, I believe, I have needed to experience my life mistakes because they have taught me valuable lessons and made me who I am today.  And today, I can share with others some of the valuable life lessons I have learned.

Now when I hope for guidance, I am aware that I am hoping for Spirit-guidance, an inner instinctive or intuitive knowing, and to have confidence I am not alone when I take the next step.

In my hope for guidance, I know that sometimes I will make mistakes, and I will have to pick myself up, dust myself off, and forge ahead to new life frontiers ahead of me.

I have no clue what my life will be like tomorrow, the next day, the next month, the next year.  I just know that I am receiving, and will continue to receive, guidance as my feet land on unfamiliar territory ahead–yes ahead; not behind me.

Sometimes, when I am overly tired and need wisdom and guidance, I remember the words to an old song I learned when I was a child.  Here’s Monica’s version of “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” on a YouTube video.  I hope you enjoy it.

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A Hope in a Greeting, Word, or Phrase

I have often heard, and for a long time believed, there is power in the tongue and power in words.   That is why I believe there is power to communicate hope for today to others in the greetings, words, or phrases people speak and/or write to one another.

The North American greetings, “Hi” or “Hello” do not have the power, meaning, or significance, however, that some of the greetings from other cultures or countries have.

If, however, North Americans say, “Good day,”  “Have a good day,” or “I hope you have a good day,” these greetings communicate a hope that people will actually have a good day.  Several other countries of the world use the “good day” greeting.

If North Americans say, “May you be blessed,” “God bless you,” or “Blessings,” these greetings communicate the hope that people will actually be blessed with good things.  I know that the Spanish say  “Go with God” in their native language, which is much the same as “God bless you.”

Because I believe hope is a universal language, I love and want to share some of the greetings, words, or phrases used by other cultures or countries around the world.  I also share how these words, greetings, or phrases communicate hope and show respect for the dignity of others.

I would love to add to the list below.  If you know of other greetings, words, or phrases used to communicate hope, please leave me a comment in the Comment Section below.  I can always update this post.

Namaste:  Namaste is a Sanskrit reverential salutation.

A popular definition of Namaste is:  “The spirit in me respects the spirit in you,” or “the divinity in me bows to the divinity in you.”  Namaste is a word that communicates both a “spiritual respect” and “a hope for peace.”

Ubuntu:  Ubuntu is a southern African Bantu word.

Ubuntu translates as “I am because we are,” or, “a person becomes human through other persons,” or “I am what I am because of what we all are.”  Ubuntu communicates a “hope for a universal bond that connects humanity to a universal or communal whole.”

Shalom (שָׁלוֹם):  is an Israeli Hebrew greeting or salutation.

In Hebrew/Yiddish, it is Sholem, Shoilem, Shulem.

Shalom is also found in many other expressions and names in other languages.

The Hebrew word Shalom translates into English as hello or goodbye.  Shalom, when used as a greeting, communicates a “hope for peace, completeness, fulfillment, harmony, and welfare of others.”  It can refer to peace between man and God or between two countries.  It can also refer to the well-being, welfare or safety of a person, or group of people, or nations.

Aloha: 

Aloha is an Hawaiian greeting.

Aloha  is an Hawaiian greeting that expresses love, kindness, affection, pity, compassion, and grief.  Someone said, “Aloha makes our lives whole, gives power to our words, and fills our actions with purpose…”  Aloha communicates a “hope that our every thought benefit each other and the world around us.”

Satyagraha: 

Satyagraha is a Sanskrit word and a concept Mahatma Gandhi introduced.

Satyagraha refers to an underlying truth or force against which the powers of violence are powerless.  It includes a willingness for self-sacrifice and a refusal to inflict injury upon others.  Satyagraha communicates “a hope for a determined but nonviolent resistance to evil.”

Tikkum Olam

 Tikkum Olam is a phrase used In Jewish prayer.

The phrase is in the Aleinu, a Jewish prayer that is traditionally recited three times daily. The Aleinu praises God for allowing the Jewish people to serve God. Tikkum Olam communicates “a hope that the world one day will recognize God.”

The phrase tikkun olam is used in the longer expression l’takken olam b’malkhut Shaddai, “to perfect the world under God’s sovereignty.”

Mitakuye Oyasin

Mitakuye Oyasin is a Native American phrase.

Mitakuye Oyasin communicates the thought and carries “a hope that all creation realize that they are relatives, and they are one.” 

Lakota Holy Man Black Elk said:   “Peace…comes within the souls of men and women when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the Universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the Universe dwells Wakan Tanka (The Creator), and that this center is really everywhere. It is within each of us.”

Because words have power, it is important that people carefully choose the words they speak to their children, family, friends, loved ones, neighbors, and strangers.  Words can bless, and they can also hurt or harm people.

People can choose to use greetings, words, or phrases in their own native language or another language, which can bless other people and communicate hope for their holistic wellbeing.   Some people might even choose to use some of the greetings, words, or phrases included in this article.

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If you liked this article, you may also like A Hope in The Art of Blessing found at http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/03/26/a-hope-in-the-art-of-blessing/.

You may also be interesting in learning about the new Hope Unites Globally HUG Award© initiated by A Hope for Today.  You can read about it at http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/.

A “Hope” Definition for HUG Award©

The following definition is used for “Hope” in the HUG Award© Guidelines:

“Hope is an expectant desire; a confidence in a future event; a ground for trust and confidence; to think; to look forward to with trust and expectant desire.”

People do not have to give up or compromise their own religious, spiritual, or political beliefs to qualify for the Hope Unites Globally HUG Award©.  They qualify for the HUG Award© when, without bias or prejudice, they use their resources and gifts to make the world a better place for everyone.

People who qualify for the HUG Award© have a hope or an expectant desire that the work or talents they use in things such as blogging, public speaking, charity work, etc.,  will make a positive impact on the world.

People do not have to actively use the word “hope” in their work or creative talents.  They only need be conscious of their desire to make the world a better place for everyone.

Even though the HUG Award© is not specifically a blog award, I believe, there are many bloggers who qualify for the HUG Award©.  If you believe you qualify for the HUG Award©, or you would like to nominate someone else for the award, please visit the site below and leave a comment on the page.

To read more about the Hope Unites Globally HUG Award© and the HUG Award© Guidelines, please visit http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/.

A Hope for Success

The Tortoise and the Hare, in the Aesop’s Fable by that name, each had a hope for success as they competed against each other in a foot race.  People and, in this instance, fictional animals generally do not enter competitions or races unless they have a hope for success.

A hope for success permeates all society. 

Even before a child is born, most parents hope for the baby’s success in being born a living, healthy baby with ten fingers and ten toes.

And later most parents hope for:  the child’s successful child development, cognitive and educational success, success in making friends, success in spiritual development, success in finding a life partner, and success in becoming a responsible person with a successful career, etc.

As children mature into adults, they begin to assimilate some or all the parent(s) hopes for them, and they develop their own hopes for success.  Therefore, it is important that children, at an early age, learn both how to win and how to lose with dignity and grace.

Children and adults learn a valuable lesson from the fable about the Tortoise and the Hare:  It takes more than self-confidence to succeed.

The Hare was very confident he would succeed in winning the race; but, as we later learn, the Hare’s self-confidence did not help him win.  It was the Tortoise who won the race, and he succeeded in winning by using a steady, stay-on-course, put one foot in front of the other, and keep-on-moving positive, mental attitude.

Henry David Thoreau could have written about the Tortoise when he said:

“If one advances confidently in the direction of one’s dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

The Tortoise kept the right mental attitude toward success. Thomas Jefferson said:

 “Nothing can stop the person with the right mental attitude from achieving their goal:  Nothing on earth can help the person with the wrong mental attitude.”

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”…Harriet Beecher Stowe

Without a steady, positive, mental attitude, people do not have much hope for success.  Former U.S. presidential candidate Ross Perot said, “Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success.  They quit on the one yard line.  They give up the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touchdown.”

There is much evidence that people who keep a positive, mental attitude–a steady, stay-on-course, put one foot in front of the other, keep on moving, never-give-up attitude–are more likely to succeed than those with greater self-confidence and ability who do not keep such an attitude.

If you like this article, you may also want to read:  A Hope from Confidence, A Hope for Moral Courage, A Hope in Failure.

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A Hope for Water

Hope, wish, pray…I did all that, but still there was no water.  I awoke to a re-occurring problem that I and others often have when the winter temperatures dip really low.  My water lines were frozen.

That was something I did not want to face early in the morning, when all I could think about was a hot cup of coffee to help me seize the day.  But coffee requires water, and I seemingly did not have any in the kitchen or the bathroom.

I scrounged around in the refrigerator and opened my freezer.  Yes, I still had that jug of water I keep frozen to fill the space in my larger-than-I-need freezer.  Thank you God, I sighed.

Also thankful for my portable space heater, I plugged it in, opened my kitchen cabinet doors, and aimed the heat at my kitchen water lines.  I placed the jug of water on the shelf in front of the heater, so the heater could do two jobs at once.

Before long, but not soon enough for someone who likes coffee when they first awaken, there was enough ice melted for a cup of coffee.  A little later, there was enough for another cup of coffee; and, a little while later, there was enough to make my oatmeal breakfast.

This was not a way I wanted to start my morning, by waiting for ice to melt.  I was agitated that my landlord had not heeded my notification of my water pipes freezing.  I should not be having this problem again, I thought.  This was the third time this winter.

But then I thought about all the people in the world who, on a regular basis, do not have fresh water to drink.  I thought of all those who do not have the privilege of running (or frozen) water in their homes.  These thoughts changed my attitude and made me grateful to be so blessed for all the days that I have had both privileges.

But, I am still going to call my landlord again, because I like hot coffee first thing in the morning, and I hope to always have the water to make it.  In the meantime, I filled two water jugs–one for the refrigerator and one for the freezer. I am doubly blessed.  Thank you God for fresh, clean water, while there are so many others who continue to hope for water.

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