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SoundEagle in Best Moment Award from Moment Matters


Best Moment Award, web awards, blogging awards, winners, nominations

Awarding the people who live in the moment,
The noble who write and capture the best in life,
The bold who reminded us what really mattered ―
Savoring the experience of quality time.

RULES:

Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech. This could be written or video recorded.

Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees! The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award; and winners notify them the great news.

RESOURCES:

  • What makes a good acceptance speech?
    • Gratitude. Thank the people who helped you along the way
    • Humor. Keep us entertained and smiling
    • Inspiration. Make your story touch our lives
  • Get an idea from the great acceptance speeches, compiled in MomentMatters.com/Speech
  • Display the award’s badge on your blog/website, downloadable in MomentMatters.com/Award
Acceptance Speech

It was early Friday morning. SoundEagle woke up and found a new comment posted on the “About” page barely an hour ago:

Hi, how are you?

Good news, we are giving you the “BEST MOMENT AWARD”. Congratulations and enjoy the rest of the day!

On the basis that no specific reasons were provided to explain why SoundEagle has been chosen to receive the award, one could perhaps presume that the musical magic of the filmic logic must have worked its charm:

Nothing comes from nothing,
Nothing ever could.
So somewhere in my youth or childhood,
I must have done something good.

Or rather, in keeping more to the spirit of Moment Matters, one could perhaps conclude that SoundEagle must have been awarded for living in the moment, for being noble in writing and capturing the best in life, for being so bold as to remind “us what really mattered ― Savoring the experience of quality time.”

SoundEagle is certainly very grateful for a lot of reasons. And yet, how should or could an Acceptance Speech be reasonably delivered regardless of the specific degrees or details of an awardee’s achievements or contributions? Perhaps one should or could take a moment to fathom the fabric and interconnectedness of life amidst all its trials and tribulations, and throughout its course of evolution bolstered by systemic interdependencies and resiliencies.

There have been the myth and romanticisation of the self-made person succeeding against all odds. The brilliance of certain accomplishment can be so blindingly bright that some people may fail to recognise that many things and conditions have to fall into place for someone to achieve success. Even the greatest heroes, rulers or tyrants need thousands or millions of supporters and followers, plus good climate and sufficient natural resources.

Certain high-flyers, champions or celebrities may utter “If I can do it then anybody can.” On the surface, their statement may seem to suggest that they are modest, democratic, inspiring and down-to-earth individuals who have succeeded through sheer effort and determination, and that they are encouraging others to do so in order to realize their dreams and potentials.

Yet, one cannot help wondering that these successful people are selling an idea or image of success based on the belief that an individual can transcend or overcome any obstacle. They seem to think that everyone has the same chance and is on a level playing field. They have forgotten that many conditions, peoples and infrastructures have to be present within an environment or a society for certain pursuits, successes or achievements to take place.

Put those same high-flyers, champions or celebrities in a more disadvantaged socio-economic or socio-demographic area, or in a third- or fourth-world country saddled with poverty, crimes and other social and cultural issues, the utterance “If I can do it then anybody can” can be readily exposed as vain and vacuous. Also, had they been born into a world in which they have to face poverty, corruption, delinquency, femine, disability, disease, discrimination, slavery, war, anarchy, exploitation, marginalisation, despotism, ostracism, obscurantism and so on, none of them would go very far or have the opportunity to enter their chosen professions.

Hence, let it be repeated that SoundEagle is certainly very grateful for a lot of reasons, including being spared so far by stray bullets and comets, by the deadliest academics and epidemics, as well as by the apocalyptic revolt of our fellow nonhumans and Mother Nature forevermore affected by mounting anthropogenic forces, living, as we are, on borrowed time and resources.

Please kindly note that SoundEagle has also been given the same award by Melanie Jean Juneau at http://themotherofnine9.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/best-moment-award/, where her excellent “speech” or “confession” oozes with an intimate account of her personal journey into the world of blogosphere, which has enabled the blosoming of her creative side and nurturing quality. Melanie‘s gift and that from Moment Matters have turned the BEST MOMENT AWARD into a double honour.

THE WINNERS OF THE BEST MOMENT AWARD ARE:

  1. Caroline Bakker
  2. Swati Atul
  3. Alexandra
  4. Christina
  5. Inside the Mind of Isadora
  6. Pragati
  7. Motivational Rants!
  8. Sigoese
  9. SoundEagle
  10. A World Traveler Who Is Spiritual
  11. anilraheja
  12. Sylvie Ashford
  13. George Hayward
  14. Liesl Gordon
  15. N. Hülya Yılmaz

Don’t forget to celebrate with your followers! Tweet your success with hashtag #MomentMatters. Congratulations, winners!

The Best Moments Involve a Loss of Control

First you look for discipline and control. You want to exercise your will, bend the language your way, bend the world your way. You want to control the flow of impulses, images, words, faces, ideas. But there’s a higher place, a secret aspiration. You want to let go. You want to lose yourself in language, become a carrier or messenger. The best moments involve a loss of control. It’s a kind of rapture, and it can happen with words and phrases fairly often — completely surprising combinations that make a higher kind of sense, that come to you out of nowhere. But rarely for extended periods, for paragraphs and pages — I think poets must have more access to this state than novelists do.

22 comments on “SoundEagle in Best Moment Award from Moment Matters

  1. Thanks for dropping by my blog. All the best to you.

  2. My goodness, you are pretty busy. I love the music too. :-)
    Eliz

  3. thank you for the kind words SE. this reminds me of a history class debate: is it the man or the environment that makes great men/women. Obviously a bit of both. it’s the environment that shapes them and either provides or fails to provide them with certain resources for their disposal. but its still the person who must respond to it all, right?

    I wonder, if churchill or lincoln were born in 1980, what would they be doing right now?

    • Hi Ben, thank you for your feedback. SoundEagle agrees with you totally that both nature and nurture are responsible in the making of a human being, as has been demonstrated by numerous studies of twins. As for your observation “still the person who must respond to it all”, the issue or problem is that the person in an enriched environment is not quite the same as the person in an impoverished environment, even if they are identical twins seperated at birth. Therefore, they will “respond to it all” quite differently (though they will (still) respond to certain things or events similarly).
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  11. Thanks for dropping by my blog and such considerate reading! Your blog really great! All the very best!

    • You are welcome, Nikita. Thank you for the compliment and good wish. Since you have recently mentioned in your post entitled Eagle Course that you will “definitely review and read [my] writing”, SoundEagle really looks forward to reading your comments and thoughts.

      Thank you in anticipation.

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