“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
Last month, as I browsed through some headlines on ESPN.com, I came across one that read “‘Love Clint'” under a giant smiling photo of Pittsburgh Pirates manager, Clint Hurdle. Intrigued, I clicked the link and began to read the article.
The article appeared on the surface to be prepared to tell the story of how Coach Hurdle got the Pirates over the hump to achieve its first winning season and playoff berth since 1992. As I read more, it told his bold story of a once angry yet passionate individual who found that love and words could inspire people and change lives and cultures.
The heart-breaking and heart-warming story told of how Coach Hurdle sends out a “Thought of the Day” through his smartphone via email to people across the world. (It started with just a few people who began sharing it with others and so on and so forth.) As I read this story, I thought of how fascinating it would be to have my email address included in his “Thought of the Day” chain.
As night became morning, I awoke with an idea. I immediately texted Aaron, one of my closest friends and colleagues as well as one of what I like to call my “motivational advisors.” I felt that if Coach Hurdle could do a “Thought of the Day” and reach his audience of 1,000+ people, then why could we not do the same?
As I began to discuss the concept with Aaron, who was instantly on board, I began wading through inspirational lists, motivational quotes, and whatever other powerful messages I could get my hands on.
Almost serendipitously, one of the first quotes that crossed my path affirmed my decision to launch this quest. It read:
“Sometimes you gotta create what you want to be part of.” – Geri Weitzman
Consider this our creation to become a part of Coach Hurdle’s list.
Aaron and I share a vision – to develop positive personal relationships built through love and a common pursuit of striving to become the best version of ourselves every single day. Our objective is to provide daily (sometimes more than daily) words of wisdom and inspiration that will offer perspective, hope, and love to those who read these messages. Our purpose is to reach as many people as possible, so that they may likewise share these same messages with others to become just as enriched as we have. (Just so these words are not lost or buried within this post, we have made them a core part of our About section.)
With that said, we will be presenting to you our “Daily Short-hOPTIMISM” through our series of “Daily Short-hOPTs.” Our passion is baseball and many times the stories we share will reflect that theme, but more often than not, will be applicable to all walks of life. It is our hope that our collection of words, quotes, and stories will motivate, uplift, inspire, move, comfort, console, challenge, and encourage you. We hope that it will promote discussion, intelligent debate, and conversation among you and us as well as each other. As the inspiration for these ideas comes from many resources, we will seek to provide credit to those people throughout as they each have added something to our own personal growth and develoment.
As the quote above says, “together we can do so much.” We encourage you to share your visions with us. We ask you to share your opinions and concerns with us, and respect your preferences to ponder each message in private. Our words are as much for our own individual growth as your own, and we thank you for sharing and welcome you to walk this path with us.
Thank you for reading and allowing us to share our vision with you!
Have the best day ever and bring your best!
Noah and Aaron