Monday, August 28, 2017

The 'One' Factor

What can ‘ONE’ do?

One candle can light your way.
One encouraging word can lift one’s spirit.

One flower can brighten a table.

One song can lift a heart.
One smile can give hope.
One birdsong can introduce spring.

One tree can offer shade and relief.
One star can lead a ship.
One laugh can cause a chain reaction.

One prayer can bring relief.
One life can lead an army.
One person can make all the difference in the world.

What ‘one’ act can you and I do today that will make a difference?

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

Monday, August 21, 2017

What Are Our Limits

A man can’t run a mile in under four minutes!  And yet Roger Bannister did on May 6, 1954. 

Man can’t go to the moon!  It is beyond our reach.  On July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong burst that fable.

The world is flat.  If you go to the edges, you’ll fall off.  Still believe that one?

Jeff Bezos of Amazon fame doesn’t believe in limits.  He keeps growing, and growing, and growing.  Where is his limit?

My current favorite read is The One Thing by
Gary Keller with Jay Papasan. 
A quote … “When you allow yourself to accept that big is about who you can become, you look at it differently.” (Pg. 86)

Big is a metaphor for many things, and in our case, it represents better, faster, longer, larger, more intently, more astute, more expansive, better accuracy … BIG represents improvement.

The first marathon was run by Pheidippides, a messenger from the battle of Marathon to Athens.  He ran 26 miles 385 yards to report the victory in a battle.  And he still had energy and life after that run.

I walked a half-marathon in 2006.  That was a challenge for me, and yet it was not the end of me.  I did not meet my limits of walking on that day.  I was still able to walk to the bus, and to our automobile, and went to work the next day. 

Where are your limits, my limits?  Perhaps they lie in our thinking. 

Trailblazers are the ones who burst beyond limits.  They are the curious ones, the searchers for more, for a different view, a different outcome.  They walk through the wilderness until they come to the water’s edge, and then they build boats and keep going.  They go where there is no trail, and then map it out for the rest of us to follow.

Wayne Gretzky, hockey great, kept pushing his limits.  In practice, he would skate like a crazy man, twisting and contorting his body into all kinds of positions and angles just to see how far is too far before he fell.  He wanted to find his limits, master them, and the push to the next limit. 

I don’t want to be a great hiker, a mountain climber, or an explorer.  I don’t want to go into space, dive deep into the ocean, run marathons, bike to the top of Mt Rainier or discover a cure for cancer.

I DO want to write the blog heard round the world.  I want to use my words to encourage mankind, to enlarge his/her heart and fill it with hope.

My limits are faced each day as I sit and write.  Where will I allow my mind to go today?  Under who’s influence will I submit myself today?  What am I afraid to write, or say; what topic is beyond my reach today that may come into clearer focus tomorrow?

You see, not all limits are feats of physical possibilities or impossibilities.

How is my mind and self-belief limiting me today?

This is indeed the beginning of the journey of conquering our limits.

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

Monday, August 14, 2017

No One Succeeds Alone

Meet Max Talmud.  Max is probably unknown to most of you in these here parts.  However, he is/was a real man.  His significance is in the one life he greatly influenced.

And that life … Albert Einstein.  He was Al’s first mentor, at age ten.  Max hung out weekly at the Einstein home.  He even ate one meal a week there, and all the while he was guiding young Albert Einstein’s mind and passions. 

No one succeeds alone.

Sam Walton, founder of Walmart wasn’t always THE SAM WALTON.  Walmart has not always been a part of the American fabric.  In his early days, Sam borrowed $20,000 from his father-in-law – L.S. Robson.  Sam used the money to start his first retail store, a Ben Franklin franchise.  The experiences he gained surely fed his future success, but he needed the money and help from his father-in-law.

(Thanks, and appreciation go to Gary Keller and Jay Papasan, authors of The One Thing for these nuggets of insight.)

I am the face and name of the writing part of my life, but my wife Carolyn is the hand-holder, the one who encourages me most.  She will often say, “Now, how much time do you need for your writing this week?”  “Why don’t you buy that book?  I know how valuable a good book is to your writing and creativity.”  And she often refers me to podcasts, articles and highlights from magazines and other reading she does on her own.  What a marvelous dose of support she is to me.  I’m so very glad I am not

We’ve all had teachers, mentors, parents and siblings who have come alongside us at the right moment and stood with us, and perhaps they have provided some kind of spark to move us further along.

And I thank God for those “helpers” in my life. 

Who has helped you?
Have you thanked them lately?

No one succeeds alone. 


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