A Hope for Why We Are Here

If you or someone you love has ever questioned, “Why am I here?”, Recording Artist Alicia Keys wrote beautiful lyrics for a song she sings that I believe gives an answer to this question.  The words in Alicia’s song could be an answer for all of us who have ever questioned, “Why are we here?” 

The YouTube video below is a recording of The Today Show during which Alicia performs her song, “We Are Here”, which she wrote after someone asked her the profound question, “Why Are You Here?”

Suicide often occurs because people have lost hope or fail to see a purpose or reason for their lives.  Alicia gives a simple reason for why we are here, and that reason alone can serve as a purpose and a hope for people’s lives.

Please listen to the words and music to this beautiful song, and leave a COMMENT with your answer to the question, “Why Are You Here?”  Let’s get a dialogue started on this post.  Then, after answering the question, you may want to share this post with others you know. You might also want to read and share similar posts on this site such as:

A Hope for A Connected Life at https://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/05/a-hope-for-a-connected-life/
A Hope for Global Thinkers at https://ahopefortoday.com/2012/02/12/a-hope-for-global-thinkers-2/
A Hope for Freedom at https://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/31/a-hope-for-freedom/
A Hope in Human Diversity at https://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/13/a-hope-in-human-diversity/
A Hope to Save the Planet: https://ahopefortoday.com/2012/03/03/a-hope-to-save-the-planet/
A Hope from Sandpipers: Unity at https://ahopefortoday.com/2011/12/21/a-hope-from-sandpipers/
A Hope for Usefulness: https://ahopefortoday.com/2011/12/20/a-hope-for-an-empty-pot/
Hug Award Guidelines: https://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/

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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 https://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 https://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 from Chinese New Year Celebration

The Chinese New Year (Yuan Tan) is January 23, 2012, this year.  The Chinese New Year is a day filled with hope because it is a day when Chinese debts are paid, accounts settled, and grudges forgotten.

Because “red” is a symbol of happiness to all Chinese, the Chinese decorate their homes in red for the Chinese New Year.  On the Eve of Yuan Tan, many family dinners include fish, one of the Chinese symbols for prosperity.

Yuan Tan is also a time of gift-giving.  During the Chinese New Year celebration, lai see are given as gifts.  Lai see are small red envelopes that contain money or special wishes.

Similar to American Greeting cards, these envelopes, with gold calligraphy decorations, are given to special friends to express wishes for their good luck and happiness.

The Chinese New Year is the most important holiday celebrated by Chinese all over the world.  As part of the happy celebration, windows and doors have good luck seals placed over them.

The banner-like seals convey positive wishes for Good Luck, Long Life, and Good Health, etc.  On Yuan Tan morning, Chinese children break the banner-like seals.

One Chinese seal says, “See joy when you raise your head.”  It quickly became one of my favorite sayings.  The saying also reminds me of a new blogging friend, Perennial Optimist Kate Kresse at Believe Anyway, http://believeanyway.wordpress.com.

Kate recently initiated a new project called The Joy Forwarding Project, in which A Hope for Today is currently participating.  Kate will be sharing more about this project in the near future; but, for now, I understand that Kate is simply asking people to forward or send joy to others.

Even though I am not Chinese, I am sending Kate my version of a lai see–this blog post with an early, special wish for her personal happiness and good luck with The Joy Forwarding Project.

May Kate and everyone who participates in the project find ways to share much joy with others.  May anyone who reads this post…

In honor of the Chinese New Year, you may also want to send someone a special wish or lai see.  You can send your hope for them to have joy, love, peace, good luck, long life, good health, prosperity, and many wonderful things.  People don’t have to be Chinese to share such a wonderful, positive tradition.

新年快乐    and        新年快樂

Below is a YouTube video about printing lai see envelopes.

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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 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 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.


If you liked this article, you may also like A Hope in The Art of Blessing found at https://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 https://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 https://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/.

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


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:   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:   https://hopesfortoday.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/hug-award1.png.  As the link URL for the image, please insert https://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/.



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, https://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 https://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.


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.