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 in “Just A Minute”

How many times have you heard yourself or someone else say, “Just a minute.”  If given just one more minute, people hope to do a plethora of different things, which they apparently believe can be accomplished in “just a minute.”

I suppose that is why there are so many authors who have written books about what can be accomplished in just a minute:

The One Minute Manager, The One Minute Entrepreneur, The One Minute Millionaire, The One Minute Apology, One Minute Wellness, One Minute Reader, One Minute Bedtime Stories, etc.

So, what is the true value of just a minute?  Simply answered, people are born in a minute, live minute-by-minute, and die in a minute, and the value people place on the minutes in their lives can only be determined by them.

Kevin Welch said, “There’ll be two dates on your tombstone and all your friends will read them.  But all that is going to matter is that little dash between them.”

Art Rainer similarly said, “On each grave marker is a dash between two years. The dash is time, and that is where we are, in our dash. And before there is some year placed on the other end, we need to figure this thing out.”

Some authors have tried to help people “figure this thing out” by writing books such as The Power of Now and Be Here Now, etc. These writings are profound; but, very simply stated, the dash between the two dates on a tombstone represent a few or a multitude of minutes filled with hope.  How people use those minutes filled with hope is their choice.

“Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.”…Stephen Vincent Benet

“Since thou art not sure of a minute, throw not away an hour.”…Benjamin Franklin

“The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle, which is exactly what it is; a miracle and unrepeatable.”…Storm Jameson

“Two things are as big as the man who possesses them–neither bigger nor smaller.  One is a minute, the other a dollar.”…Channing Pollock

“I lose my temper, but it’s all over in a minute,” said the student.  “So is the hydrogen bomb,” I replied.  “But think of the damage it produces!”…Spencer Tracy

“For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty-seconds of happiness.”…Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Don’t waste a minute not being happy.  If one window closes, run to next window–or break down a door.”…Brooke Shields

“Time needs another minute.”…Sly Stone

“Man as long as he lives, is immortal.  One minute before his death he shall be immortal.  But one minute later, God wins.”…  E. Wiesel

“I’m terrified about the day that I enter the gates of heaven and God says to me, just a minute.”…Maureen O’Hara

 

 

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For a list of twenty things that can happen in one minute, visit http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2010/01/30/20-things-that-happen-in-1-minute-graphic/.

For those who have seen the movie Forrest Gump, the following YouTube video is the summary of his entire life.  It proves that “Life is but a vapor…here today and gone tomorrow.”  So please enjoy and make the most of the minutes you have.

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Hope Unites Globally – HUG Award Guidelines

PLEASE NOTE:  You should send this post or a link to this post to all those you nominate to receive the HUG Award. 

Please do not change or use another image for the HUG Award Image©.  Please do not alter–by changing, shortening, or adding to–the text about the award and how to share it with others.  Either copy the entire article as it is on this page, or please include a link back to this article, when you post on your blog or share award with others. 

I ask you to please honor this request and help me keep the integrity of the award as originally designed, so that future award recipients will know what an honor it is to receive this award.  Thank you, Connie Wayne

 ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES for HUG AWARD©

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.”

The HUG Award© was initiated by Connie Wayne at A Hope for Today at http://ahopefortoday.com, which promotes hope, love, peace, equality, and unity for all people.

The HUG Award© is for people with an expectant desire for the world, for which they:  Hope for Love; Hope for Freedom; Hope for Peace; Hope for Equality; Hope for Unity; Hope for Joy and Happiness; Hope for Compassion and Mercy; Hope for Faith; Hope for Wholeness and Wellness; Hope for Prosperity; Hope for Ecological Preservation; Hope for Oneness

The HUG Award© recognizes and honors those who help keep hope alive in our current world, which is plagued by war, natural disasters, and economic recession.  They nurture hope, in any of the above areas (in italics),  by the work they do, or in their personal lives with things such as blogging, public speaking, charity work, etc.

The HUG Award© is for anyone, anywhere in the world, who meets the guidelines and wants to be nominated for the award. Please leave a comment on this page if you are interested in receiving this award, or if you would like to nominate someone else for the award.

The HUG Award© is for people who, without giving up or compromising their own religious, spiritual, or political beliefs, are able to nurture hope and respect the dignity of all people. 

The HUG Award© is for those who, without bias or prejudice, use their resources and gifts to make the world a better place for everyone.

The HUG Award©is for people who 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.

These 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.

These people use their available resources–a smile, a hug, a helping hand, a listening ear, a voice, time, money, possessions, education, personality, talent, websites and blogs—to make a positive impact on the world and make the world a better place to live.

The HUG Award© is not specifically a website or blog award.  It can be given to people in your community, at your employment, at your place of worship, etc.  Please make sure they have a copy of these Guidelines, and please don’t forget to submit their names back to this site.

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GUIDELINES for NOMINATING OTHERS FOR THE HUG AWARD© 

1.  If you receive a HUG Award©, you may nominate others who also meet the above guidelines for the award.  You may nominate as many people, websites, or blogs as you want to nominate to receive the award.  I do ask that, upon receipt of the award, you nominate at least one other person.  The award is also not time limited, so you can nominate new people or sites you encounter in the future.  Please try not to nominate those who have already received the award.

2.  YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CONTACTING YOUR NOMINEES and telling them you nominated them for the  HUG Award©AND when you contact them…

3.  Please link this page:  When you contact your nominees for the award, please include a link to this page, http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/, so they will have the same information you received about the award.  Then, they also can perpetuate the award by nominating others.  AND…

4.  Please post a comment on this page at http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/ with the name and the complete website or blog address of the site(s) or person(s) you nominate.   

5.  If you know, I would appreciate you informing me of the geographical location of your nominee(s) and /or their site(s).

6.  Social Media Sites:  You may also copy and paste unchanged copies of the original HUG Award© and HUG Award© Guidelines’ wording to other social media sites such as Facebook and Linkedin.  You may also print original copies for your personal use for display, etc.

7.  You may print a copy of the HUG Award© Guidelines for people you nominate, who do not have a website, blog, or social media account to which they can paste award and Guidelines.  If they have email, you may email them a copy of the original HUG Award© and original Hug Award© Guidelines.

Thank you for your help sharing HUGs (HUG Awards©) with the people of the world.  Blessings, Connie

The Hope Unites Globally HUG Award© and the HUG Award© Guidelines are the copyright of Connie Wayne – ©Connie Wayne 2012 at http://ahopefortoday.com.  They both may be copied and shared in accordance with the Guidelines established in this post.

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Hope Unites Globally

Free Internet resources and tools have helped me receive early blog confirmations to support my belief that hope unites globally.

“Thank You” to WordPress for providing me a free blog platform, which allows me to know who my blog visitors are.

“Thank You” to the people with different spiritual backgrounds–Buddhists, Eastern and Western Christians, Muslims, Taoists, Yogas, and others–who are either “liking,” “commenting,” or “following” my blog articles.  I consider this as evidence that the language of hope transcends spiritual boundaries.

“Thank You” Flag Counter for the free Flag Counter I recently inserted on my blog.  I consider the stats from The Flag Counter as evidence that the universal language of hope transcends global boundaries.

At the same time I am embarrassed for not remembering where countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia are located, I am humbled that people in countries that far away are reading something I have written about hope.

Even though this website/blog is only about six weeks old, I have met so many wonderful, new blogging friends.  “Thank You” blogging friends.

Thanks to the free Internet resources, tools, and friends I have met, I have been able to learn some of the spiritual and global boundaries, I believe, the “universal language of hope” in A Hope for Today’s articles has crossed.

I am so thankful for the early confirmations of my belief that hope unites globally.  It encourages me to do even more to spread the message of hope to all citizens of the world.

That is why I have created a Hope Unites Globally HUG Award© for people who are embracing and hugging the world with hope.  Be sure to read my next post about the Hope Unites Globally HUG Award©.

I would really appreciate comments from people of different spiritual beliefs about how they also believe that “hope” crosses spiritual and global boundaries.

A Hope in Failure

A hope in failure is a hope that we never give up.

A hope in failure is a hope to learn

from our mistakes, and keep trying to succeed.

A hope in failure is when we “Don’t Quit.”

Please enjoy the YouTube video below of the inspirational poem “Don’t Quit.”

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A Hope in Human Diversity

Because of my love for diverse colors, foods, clothing styles, music, books, art, nature, and eclectic household decor, I believe my life is similar to a kaleidoscope with its many beautiful colors and intricate, changing patterns.

Because I also love learning about different nationalities, cultures, and ethnicities, I wish I could have been a participant in The Human Library Project in Toronto, Canada. about which I recently read.

The Human Library Project was held on November 6, 2010, at the Bloor/Gladstone library branch of the Toronto Public Library, the world’s largest public library.

I wish I could have been among those who used their library cards to check out a volunteer “book” for a half-hour.  I could have had a very personal, one-on-one conversation with several different people from different backgrounds whose lives make good reading.

The first Human Library Project began in Copenhagen about ten years ago.  Its purpose was to help break down prejudice among people of diverse backgrounds.

I believe the Human Library Project and other similar cultural diversity projects may go a long way toward helping people appreciate, accept, and include God’s diverse human creation in their lives.

Children and youth study Biology, Botany, Zoology, Geography, and Astrology in school, which help give them an appreciation and understanding of the diversity in the natural world:  flowers, plants, trees, animals, insects, seasons, stars and planets, oceans, rivers, streams, and geological regions.

As adults most people have learned to appreciate and enjoy diverse foods, which are already included in their diets:  German sauerkraut, Italian spaghetti, Irish potatoes, English Tea, Danish pastry, Swiss cheese, Mexican tacos, etc..

But for some reason, some people still have difficulty appreciating, accepting, enjoying, and including God’s diverse human creation in their lives.

If local libraries and/or schools cannot emulate the Human Library Project, possibly people can find their own ways to educate themselves about human diversity by becoming more familiar with people from different backgrounds.

Some of the people with diverse nationalities, ethnicities, and backgrounds are neighbors, co-workers, or fellow students.  They may welcome an opportunity to share with you personally or share with a group or organization to which you belong.

In my opinion, it is way past time for all people to accept, appreciate, enjoy, include, and actually find hope in human diversity.

A Hope from a Ridge-Pole: Balance

In the book Anne of Green Gables, Anne’s experience on the ridge-pole of Mr. Barry’s house nearly ended in despair and not hope.

Her classmate and rival Josie Pye dared Anne to walk the ridge-pole of the house, and Anne took the dare because she thought her honor was at stake.

Anne told her best friend, “I shall walk that ridge-pole Diana, or perish in the attempt.”  Not long after Anne began walking the ridge-pole, she lost her balance and came tumbling down into the bushes that broke her fall.

Needless to say, ridge-poles should not be used as tightropes upon which only experienced acrobats know how to walk and balance themselves.

They are, however, a good indicator of a house’s condition.  If the ridge-pole of a house is out of line and sagging in the middle, the house is out of balance.  And when a house is out of balance, the doors will not close.

The sagging house condition is remedied when the center sill, which supports the ridge-pole, is raised by placing solid rock between the beam and the foundation.  Then, as the center sill is lifted up, the house falls into place, the ridge-pole no longer sags, and doors open.

When life sneaks up on people and knocks them off-balance, they often look like houses with sagging ridge-poles.  Like the sagging houses, however, their sagging, out-of-balance condition can be remedied.

When people’s spirits are lifted up and held in place by a solid mental, physical, and spiritual foundation, their lives can become balanced, things can fall into place, and doors can open.

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