Monday, June 19, 2017

We Often Neglect Small Things

When I was seven I was at a baseball game, hanging out around the concession stands when my neighbor, Mr. Lambert, called me over. 

He said, “Mike, come here.  I want to give you something.”

He then reached into his pocket and handed me a shiny fifty-cent piece. 

Mr. Lambert then said, “Here, I want you to
have this.”  He handed it to me, smiled and walked away.

I thought I had won the lottery.  For one moment in time Mr. Lambert recognized me.

It was a small thing.  The fifty cents hardly made a dent in his income stream, but to this seven-year-old, it was a large moment.  The money lasted about ten minutes.  The memory, almost sixty years now.

Mother Theresa tells a story of offering to clean an old man’s house for him.  After many refusals, he finally agreed.  During the cleaning, she discovered an old and lovely lamp covered in dust.  She asked if he ever lighted the lamp. 

He answered, “No.  No one comes to see me.  I have no need to light it.  Who would I light it for?”
She asked, “Would you light it every night if the sisters came?”
He replied, “Of course.”
From that day on the sisters committed themselves to visiting him every evening.  They cleaned and lighted the lamp with every visit.
Two years passed.  Mother Teresa had completely forgotten that man when he sent a message to her: “Tell my friend that the light she lit in my life continues to shine still.”
She says, “I thought it was a very small thing.  We often neglect small things.”
~In the Heart of the World – Mother Teresa

You see, sometimes we light a light in someone’s life that never goes out.

What a small act.

What a lasting gift. 

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

Monday, June 12, 2017

Safe Vs. Dangerous

“NO” is safe.  It never takes us places, never introduces us to new people or new experiences.  "NO" never comes near exhilaration, it never tries for new vistas, new ideas, or new tastes in food or in books.

Saying “NO” is very safe. 

So, how long are you going to continue saying “NO”?

“YES”, on the other hand, could be dangerous.  It could make us expose our best ideas, our best intent, our best resources.  “YES” might be dangerous. 

~“YES” makes us write and publish books and blogs. 
~“YES” makes us write and sing original songs.
~“YES” makes us paint and draw and then show it to others in our world.

“YES” can take us places – exciting places and spaces, new foods, new sights, new venues, new ideas, interesting people, and the ‘ride of a lifetime’.

Yes, “YES” can be dangerous. 

It can hurt, if we open ourselves up to things like love, and new people, and creativity, and attempting the start of dreams.

“YES” can be dangerous.

And we’ll never know, will we, if we don’t go where danger lives.  We just might find a happy place.  We just might find a match for our heart, our dreams, our longings.  It may lie just on the other side of dangerous.

I would rather know what I can and cannot do than to play it safe and always wonder.

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

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Does Your Picker Work

How’s your picker? 

What?  You didn’t know you had a picker?  Well, come on in, sit down and let’s talk. 

You and me – we use our picker every day.
We eat this or that.
We watch program A or B on TV.
We go or don’t go.

You know – we pick. 

And the big one is this …
We pick to either stay where we are or make the big jump to the new.  Boy is that a scary picker moment.

Life tries to make us pick and choose. 

Oh, it is reliable to stay where we are.  It’s familiar, it’s comfortable, it’s known.  And that is not really picking.  It’s remaining. 

We’ll never know what else is available if we don’t choose to move out of what we know. 

The jump is scary. 

And sometimes we pick and jump and find a whole new world that fits us perfectly.  A world where people embrace us, esteem us, welcome us, listen to us, buy our ideas and buy us.

Reliable and tried and true is safe, oh yes. 

Ah, but to pick and choose from all the options available, and to choose wisely …

You ought to try that sometime.

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

Monday, May 29, 2017

Not Choosing Is Choosing

Not every choice results in action.  Sometimes, choosing means passing the opportunity by.

~I’ve let jobs pass me by.

~I’ve let food choices pass me by.
~I’ve let books and movies pass me by.

And I’ve lived to tell about it.

Just because something is offered doesn’t mean you should take a bite.

I saw my old baseball coach recently.  He taught me the beginnings of this a long time ago, only he said it another way.  Billy said – “Don’t swing at every pitch.”

I’ve never forgotten that and I still adhere to it.

That is all I have to say for today.

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

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Power to Imagine Better

If we’re going to use our imaginations, then perhaps we should imagine better.  Mankind’s mind is an amazingly powerful creation.  Look at all we have done, especially in the last thirty years: computers in our pockets, smart phones, tracking devices, electric cars, medical miracles and a thousand more.

And yet, there is more to be done, more imaginings that will transpire over the next ten years.  It boggles the mind. 

And are we better for it all?  Have we imagined better ways of engaging with the human beings around us?  We can send men and women into space, build space stations and populate them with scientist and astronauts from other parts of the globe and they can get along cooperatively for months at a time, yet I can vote for someone different from my long-time friend and get slammed for “uninformed thinking” and “you must be a nut-bag to follow that man or woman.”

Perhaps it is time to begin putting our grand imaginations to work on the human relationship condition.  We are better than a lot of what I see on social media.  We don’t attack just because of different opinions.  We don’t condemn and ‘send to hell’ everyone on the opposite side of our stance on any given topic. 

We have it in our power to imagine better.  We can work these issues to a better solution.  And either we do, or we go deeper into the divide of our world.  And what is it that Abraham Lincoln said? 

That fits us today.

With today’s technological advances and smart people in our land, we have to change the wording on this a bit.  You know where I’m going –

A WORLD divided 
against itself 
cannot stand.”

Men and women in government, whether city, county, state, US or foreign kingdoms, we need your best imaginations. 

We need your best statesmanship, your best integrity, your best unbiased thinking.  We can no longer afford political posturing, positional thinking, and party-line loyalties.  The party has now become mankind.  We the people, all of us, red, black, white, brown, Asian, Russian, Tennesseans, Afrikaners, Ethiopians, and all the rest of us … we are the party.  We are the ones who matter.  We all suffer at the hand of wrong thinking, and we all gain when we manage to imagine better.

I’ll let J K Rowling sum up these thoughts.  They are taken from her speech to the graduating class at Harvard, September 15, 2011.

“We do not need magic 
to transform our world.
We carry all the power 
we need inside 
ourselves already.
We have the power 
to imagine better.” 
– JK Rowling

Ladies and gentlemen … Start your imaginations!

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