Monday, June 26, 2017

The Power of "WE"

Please remain as you were.  I will be brief.

Mother Theresa once said, “What could I have done without my Sisters?”

The world’s greatest humanitarian recognized
the importance of honoring those who served along-side her. 

Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said, "Fail to honor people, they fail to honor you.

Many other leaders, gurus and speakers tell us this idea.  I’m just adding my voice.

“WE” is powerful. 

That is all I have to say for today.

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

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