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 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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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.

HUG AWARD© IMAGE for RECIPIENTS of HUG AWARD

HUG Award© Image:   Those who receive the HUG Award© may paste a copy of the original HUG Award© image into an Image widget on their website or blog by simply copying and pasting the following image URL into an Image widget:   http://hopesfortoday.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/hug-award1.png.  As the link URL for the image, please insert http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/.

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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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