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 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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A Hope to “Carpe Diem”— Seize the Day

Roman poet Horace wrote, “Seize the day, put no trust in the morrow!”  His Roman phrase “carpe diem” actually translates into English as “pluck the day”.  There is hope for today when we “pluck today” by making the most of what life offers us today.  Many times, however, we allow life to “pluck our feathers”, instead of us “plucking our days”.

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Look around at the fruitfulness of your life, the things that are in your life now.  Pluck them as juicy, ripe fruit that makes the senses tingle with anticipation and excitement.

Study them as if you were seeing them for the first time; and, during this state of increased awareness, you may find a new sense of gratitude for all the people and things in your life.

“I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.” This is a wonderful quotation, attributed to Stephen Grellet, which calls us to seize the day.

It is good to plan for tomorrow, but only when you remember that “life is what happens while you are making plans”.   Find a way to stay anchored in your life today as you plan for tomorrow.

If there is something you have always wanted to do, today might be the day to do it, instead of adding it to your future plans.  Procrastination robs life of many joys.

Never postpone your appreciation of life until you have a life exactly as you want, or you may never appreciate your life.  Appreciate life as it is now,  experience life as an adventure, and then watch it unfold before your eyes.  Be an adventurer who knows how to find new things to explore and appreciate.

Do not allow the noise and clamour of your life to drown out opportunities that knock at your door today.  The Chinese believe that even in crisis, there is opportunity; therefore, if opportunity only knocks once today, it might be during a crisis moment.  Stay attentive; don’t miss your opportunity.

Cicero said, “Pick the day as you would a poppy”.  Seize the day.  Do not blind your eyes to the blessings that are all around you.  Be fully present in your life today.  Take time to stop, look, and listen. Each new day of life offers hope and opportunity for you to seize the day, even if it is moment-by-moment.