Thursday, April 23, 2015

You Might Be a Leader If ...

You Might Be a Leader If …
You value the worth of every person you meet.
You believe in the untapped potential of those around you.
You value integrity over being right or successful

You Might Be a Leader If …
You demonstrate honesty when no one is looking.
You seek the good of all the people over the benefits to a few
You know your rights end at the end of your nose

You Might Be a Leader If …
You know when to say “Yes”
You know when to say “No”
You know when to praise

You Might Be a Leader If …
You know when to gently correct a behavior
You know what to pack when in pursuit of a dream
You learn from yesterday’s failures

You Might Be a Leader If …
You never stop questioning
You know you’ll miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. 
Wayne Gretzky

You Might Be a Leader If …
Your actions inspire others to dream more,
Your actions inspire others to learn more,
Your actions inspire others to do more,
Your actions inspire others to become more.
John Quincy Adams

You Might Be a Leader If …
When you are going through hell, you keep going.
Winston Churchill

You do one thing every day that scares you. 
Eleanor Roosevelt

You don’t count the days, but you make the days count. 
Muhammad Ali

You Might Be a Leader If …
You know that it is never too late to be what you might have been. 
George Eliot

You try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. 
Maya Angelou

As you look ahead into the next century, you understand that leaders will be those who empower others.  
Bill Gates

You Might Be a Leader If …
You become a true version of yourself.  Everyone else is already taken.
Oscar Wilde

You know that in the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity. 
Albert Einstein

You know that it takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. 
Warren Buffett

You Might Be a Leader If …
You don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back. 
Babe Ruth

You know it is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. 
J K Rowling Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

You know that whether you think you can or your think you can’t, you are right. 
Henry Ford

You understand this … “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life:  It goes on.”  
Robert Frost

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

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A New Meaning for Stupid

Being called “stupid” is, perhaps, one of the most demeaning put-downs one could hear.  Nobody who is anybody wants to be “stupid”. 

I surely don’t, and neither do you.

In our world today, the word “stupid” implies:

However …

Could we consider a new slant on this word for a moment?

What if “stupid” simply means “I don’t know it yet?”

It could mean, to a musician, “I’m not stupid.  I just need to practice more.”

I’m now a banker.  There have been times when I have felt oh so “stupid”.  The questions stumped me. 
The policies escaped my grasp.  
The cash box just wouldn't balance.
The computer programs were in some foreign language I hadn't mastered.

I am a less-stupid banker now.  I am learning.

Carolyn’s piano students are showing signs of being less-stupid because they are practicing and gaining new skills every week.

See my point?  Stupid just means we don’t know a thing yet.

So, to get out of the “stupid pit”, here is what we do.

We read, study, learn, grow, and become better.  We gain knowledge and skill and sooner than soon we leave stupid behind and become a real, functioning individual in our current adventure.

Now don’t we all feel a bit better?  We’re not as stupid as we first thought.  We just needed to learn and practice and get better.

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

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Next Person You Meet

Today, as you go about your life, keep this in mind as you interact with people.

Someone who crosses your path simply wants a connection.  They want to be validated.  They want to know that somewhere on this planet is another human being who just might care enough to listen for one brief moment.

~Maybe they just woke up and haven’t had their morning coffee yet.
~Perhaps they just came from a dreaded doctor’s appointment and received a disturbing word.
~What if they just received some devastating news about a loved one who is in serious jeopardy?

Can you be a shade tree under which they might sit for a spell?
Can you offer them a cool cup of comfort for one brief moment?
Can your presence, in that moment, be a healing balm?

Perhaps it can.


Everyone is fighting some kind of battle.  We all face those difficult moments when the next few steps or next few days seem impossible to handle.

At those precise moments is when we do our best work as a compassionate and loving human being reaching out to another with words and love that give life.

John Kennedy’s words offer some help and insight here.

“For in the final analysis, our most basic common
link is that we all inhabit this same planet.  We all breathe the same air.  We all cherish our children’s future.  And we are all mortal.”

We are human.  We exist together on this sphere. 

How can I be a consoling presence in somebody’s life today?

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

Saturday, April 4, 2015

What Gives You Hope

I remember a fall from a 25-foot tower and a near miss that could have been deadly.  I have hope.

I remember my brother trying to fix my broken arm at age nine.  My arm still works.

I reflect on an empty tomb.  This gives me hope.

I hold Carolyn’s hand.  Her love gives me hope for a love that endures.

Our grand-kids come for a visit.  I love resting my eyes on them and thinking about their future with hope.

I get a note of encouragement about my writing.  Hope swells within.

I hear a stunning musical piece.  It fills my soul.

I watch an exceptionally great drummer.  I smile and remember.

I remember how a bad experience turned good.  Hope flourishes.

I read a life-changing book.  I am inspired to write more.

I read Jeremiah 29:11.  That fills me with great hope.

I sing “It Is Well”.  I am filled with great grace and praise.

I share a meaningful conversation with a close friend.  I leave feeling blessed with that kind of close friend.

I listen to a great word of encouragement from a minister or effective speaker.  I am inspired.

I remember an influential person who guided my younger years.  May I do the same.

I receive a phone call from one of my siblings.  I hang up and am thankful for a lifetime of family memories.

I laugh with a friend over a pecan pie eaten in secret at work.  I laugh out loud and have hope for a continued friendship.

My Sunday school class actually listens and participates.  My heart soars with hope.

I have an amazing God-moment in reflective privacy.  My heart is filled with peace.

What gives you hope?

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