Saturday, April 21, 2018

Words Have Power

Words Have Power

Oh my.  Behold the power of words. 

They affect others when spoken aloud, and they affect self, when spoken in our minds or whispered in the quiet of our own room.

What words are you speaking?

Do you build up with your words?  Do you believe in the potential of others you serve with or lead, and do you speak into their lives with good thoughts, good hopes, good esteem?

Words affect us with every utterance we choose to sound.

I want my words to convey love and belief to every man, woman and child I meet.

P Michael Biggs

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Stay or Leap?

Stay or Leap?

Comfort is important to us.  We settle in, make our surroundings fit our style.  We like to be comfortable.  And we like to leave things along.  Don’t rock the boat.  Don’t make waves.  And “don’t fix it if it ain’t broke”.

And then along comes “opportunity”.  Oh my.  What do we do now?

Do we leap or do we stay put?

They both are good.  We’re comfortable where we are.  We’re happy.  We’re settled in, we know the people, and procedures.  We are in a good place.

Quickly, let me insert this:  I’m not promoting a leap just because it presents itself.  I’ve turned down ‘opportunities’ left and right because they didn’t fit at that moment.

Sometimes, we need to stay put.  We need to put down roots, dig in and ride it out (whatever we are riding out). 

The allure of the “new” is always present.  “NEW” looks shiny, sparkles, sings a new song, and draws like a magnet.  Ah, but is it good for us?

Only you can answer that one.  I’ve made some moves, and after reflection had a change of heart.  Thankfully, I was able to reverse one of those. 

I’m not promoting staying or leaping in this post.

I’m promoting analyzing, thinking through, weighing all alternatives.

Perhaps your best opportunity is right where you’re planted.

I don’t know, but you are a smart person and you can figure that out.  Trust your instincts.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope

Monday, April 16, 2018

A Critical Character Trait

A Critical Character Trait

Let’s talk about CHARACTER!  It’s an essential ingredient in personal development.  We’re not talking about oddballs, demented personalities, or goofy characters.  We are talking of the noblest kinds of character we could ever hope to have.

When I think of a critical character trait, I think of …
         Moral fiber

Those traits speak volumes to me when thinking of a man or woman of character.

And I especially love what Theodore Roosevelt says about character.

I care not what others think
of what I do, but I care very much
about what I think of what I do.
That is character.”
~Theodore Roosevelt

Ah … somehow, we keep coming back to the self-examined life.

Perhaps Mr. Roosevelt was onto something.

Perhaps, indeed!

This is what is on my mind today.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope