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
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
There are some trusted individuals and resources that can help you. Seek them out.
I will pray for you.
P Michael Biggs
One Word at a Time