Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Hungering for Love

On May 25, 2011 Oprah Winfrey ended her television show The Oprah Winfrey Show.  In her final words she shared this:

I’ve talked to nearly 30,000 people on this show, and all 30,000 had one thing in common:  They all wanted validation.  If I could reach through this television and sit on your sofa or sit on a stool in your kitchen right now, I would tell
you that every person you meet shares a common desire.  They want to know: ‘Do you see me?  Do you hear me?  Does what I say matter?
~Oprah Winfrey

Those words still move me.  They challenge me.  They tell me I’m on bead with my mission.  My mission?  My mission … to offer hope, encouragement and inspiration to mankind, one word at a time. 

Mother Teresa said this: 
There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.

Oh how true that is, for I read the notes from my readers and the responses on social media sites.  The hunger for love and acceptance and appreciation is in epic proportions today.

And what is our response?  How do we show love and acceptance to others?

I have a few ideas.

~When engaged in conversation, I put down the iGadgets and give my full attention to whomever it is I am speaking. 
~I listen with an empathetic ear.
~I do not prepare my next comment while the other person is speaking.  I give full attention and then respond.
~If I sense an openness in their spirit for a spiritual word of hope, then I offer that.

Recently I had a conversation with a thirty-five-year-old single mother of a ten-year-old.  She has been in Seattle one year, has few friends and her world consists of the Seattle Zoo and a few other places that appeal to her daughter. 

While conducting our business I heard her sigh no less than five times.  After talking about jobs and interests she asked me what I did for fun outside of banking.  I mentioned that I am a writer and she wanted to know about that.  I gave her my writing business card and she said she would definitely look at my web site.

I told her about this article and quoted the Oprah quote and told her how I was giving my life to bring hope to my corner of the world.  She brightened and said “You will never know how much I needed to hear that.”

She was a woman hungering for esteeming and validating love.  She was looking to see if there was someone, anyone in her vicinity who might validate her life and let her know she mattered. 

Who do you know that is in need of this kind of validation and recognition?  They exist, and you can offer your heart, a listening ear, and perhaps a few words that might make a difference in the moment.

And if you are one seeking validation for yourself, seek out good, wholesome and inspirational material.  If you are reading this, then I have two other blog sites you should see.

For words of hope and encouragement, Click HERE for Up-Words Morning Notes

If you are open to spiritual insights, then Click HERE for Internet Church

Hope abounds. 

There are some trusted individuals and resources that can help you. Seek them out. 

I will pray for you. 

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Monday, October 10, 2016

Inspiration Might Be a Myth

A Video Version

If you are waiting on inspiration to strike, then good luck with that one.  Oh, perhaps it does on occasion ‘strike’, but most of the time
it comes from hard work. Note this ...

"You do not need to be inspired to get to work."

When I worked in music publishing, we built two ‘writer’s rooms’ at our company.  They were designed for our under-contract writers as a place to come to and practice their craft, often in pairs. 

That was different from the way I perceived creativity and song writing.  I once thought it was nothing but inspiration on the spot and it didn’t exist otherwise. 

Now, let me be clear – I do believe in instant inspiration, for it has happened to me a few times.   Note I said ‘a few times.”  Most of the time, any inspiration I experience is a fleeting entity, and if I don’t happen to have pen in hand or a computer handy, that inspiration can fly away, never to return.

Rather, this is what I’ve found. 

Inspiration doesn’t often strike like lightening.  Sometimes it creeps in unaware.    

Inspiration comes from doing the hard work, the thinking and mulling.  Sometimes I have to do a mind dump when I’m facing a writing deadline.  I have to empty my mind, and for me that means putting on the screen everything that is in my mind.  I somehow magically know when this process is finished, and then I can go back and be objective in the task of finding a nugget of gold in the pile of rubbish I just produced. 

Let’s go back to my original thought –

“Sometimes inspiration 
creeps in unaware.”

And when that happens, slow magic happens.  At times I create a piece that I didn’t start out to create. 

I suppose one critical factor remains – having the ability to recognize that one sneaky idea that makes all the difference in the world and then act on that idea.

This is what is on my mind today.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

"Can-Do" Thinking

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does not work
use this one

I want to talk a bit about “CAN DO” thinking.  CAN DO thinking is a mindset of what can be done. 

First … a thought

And look at what “CAN DO” thinking has brought to pass …

Computers and smart phones
The electric light bulb
Dawning of the age of wireless technology
Medical healing miracles
Space flight beyond our imaginations

I vividly remember a poignant moment from the movie Apollo 13.  Flight Director Gene Kranz assembled the engineers and support team into a room.  They were puzzling out how to bring home a severely crippled space craft and three astronauts. 

His words were epic: “Failure is not an option.”


THAT is “CAN DO” thinking. 

He was saying – we’ve never had to do this before, and now we must.  How can we pull this off? 

It wasn’t a matter of “can we pull this off” but “How?”.

I have a friend named Lou.  A week ago he was telling me about his automobile troubles and that it was going to cost $5500.  He had $5 in his bank account.  Two days ago, I asked him how things were going with his car.  He gave me a positive report.  Solutions had been found and it would cost a lot less than originally thought.  Lou had found a “CAN DO” way.

I went to college to become a music major.  Well and good – except I didn’t know a lot about music.  I knew drums and drumming, but I didn’t know much about music. 

They immediately put me into a music theory class.  Music theory?  What the heck!  Well, this was my chosen track and I needed to find a way to survive. 

Along with music theory, I was taking a music fundamentals class, and I was getting extra tutorial help from my sister-in-law Barbara.

Everything I learned from Barbara and the music fundamentals class I immediately put to use in the music theory class.  It was a slow and painful process, and with time I improved my skills, learned to read music and became proficient in reading any musical score you might place in front of me.  It all started with a “CAN DO” attitude.

Was it scary?  Oh my, yes. 
Did I get discouraged at times?  Oh yeah.

And I survived. 

We survive those moments as we are making the turn from “can’t do” to “CAN DO.”

It’s not hocus pocus.  It’s not pop psychology.  It’s not voodoo magic. 

It is simply “I CAN” thinking.  It works.

Really and truly.

Words of Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time