I have received the Hope Unites Globally (HUG) Award © created by Connie Wayne from Hope for Today and given to me by Kianys of 30 Years of Growing Pains. Once you read her nomination below, you will see why I’ve offered her a position as my personal cheerleader. Sadly, she declined. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that there is no salary.
“I have previously described her as the Aretha Franklin of comedy and I stand by that description. What I haven’t told you about Paprika Furstenburg yet is that she has a truly genuine way of perceiving the different and the unusual with a loving heart. Above all she can laugh at herself as much as at or rather with others. I truly believe that humor is one of the pillars of the hope, especially when delivered with such warmth and intelligence.”
Once I learned what this award represents, I immediately felt undeserving of such an honor. It’s about hope and making the world a better place. These are much loftier goals than a humor blog could aspire to. I feel like a court jester among serious people doing serious business. Laughter can brighten your day or lighten your mood, but I just didn’t see a connection to hope. Looking for inspiration, I researched quotes on humor. As it turns out, there have been a lot of very smart people who think humor and laughter are elements of hope. Who am I to question their wisdom?
Kianys always begins her blog posts with a quote. Since she has given me this award, I think it is only fitting to
steal honor her idea by beginning my acceptance of this award with a quote.
“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” Victor Hugo
There is so much negativity in the world today. Thanks to the constant availability of news, you could spend your day immersed in stories of dysfunction, tragedy and loss. Laughter is hard to find. We need to look for it in our daily lives so that we can create our own sunshine in the midst of a storm. When I began writing Good Humored I wanted to share the laughter I find in unusual places and hoped that it would bring joy to others. My readers have been kind enough to take the time to comment and tell me that I usually manage to accomplish that goal.
As a recipient of this award I am permitted to nominate anyone who is deserving. I’m choosing to share this award with one blog that I follow, not because there aren’t other blogs that are worthy, but because the list would become ridiculously long if I didn’t limit myself.
Rumpy Dog is a champion for animals’ rights and not just the cute and cuddly animals. He has even written about the plight of rats and turtles. Rumpy shares the blog with his four-legged family members and his two-legged mom, Jen, who I suspect does most of the typing. They are a voice for creatures that can’t speak (or type) for themselves.
Mark Twain once said, “I can live for 2 months on a good compliment.” With this award and Kianys’ exuberant compliments, I’m thinking I can go at least 6 months.