Saturday, October 3, 2015

A Tremendous Thing

This is about as wise as it gets for this blog post.  Would you like to go down in history as having done a few tremendous things?

Consider this.

Be a friend.


E.B. White says it best in the children’s classic Charlotte’s Webb.

I have a friend who confessed to me recently that he was contemplating suicide because he is at the end of his life and has a serious cancer attacking his body and there is nothing more the medical world can do for him. 

I called him just to say “Hi Roger.  I’m your friend and I care for you.”

I helped another man from Algeria get his computer up and running and saved him some money from a potential web scam.  He called me his ‘best friend.”

What is the value you have in your friend’s list?

Count them as gold.

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

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Just Keep Swimming

~Good days come and go.  And we keep swimming.

~We have good hair days and bad hair days.  Keep swimming.

~Some days we lose weight and some days we
gain.  Keep swimming toward your goal.

~Some days we are creative and some days we are boring.  Keep swimming.

Persistence is the key. 
   If it is a worthy goal
      If it matters to us
         If it is something we have a burning 
         desire to attain

… Then by all means keep swimming.

We continue striving.  We continue the climb.  We work at our craft.

And one fine day we awaken to discover that our dream is in sharper focus, and closer than ever before.

All because we kept swimming.

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

Saturday, September 19, 2015

It's Still Free

In a world that puts a price on almost everything, there is still one piece of life that is free.

Want to know what that is?

Your Power of Choice!

How about that?  You can do anything you choose. 
You can sit on your bottom.
You can dream.
You can draw
Or you an scheme

You can think, or cry or sigh
You can write or sing, oh my.

You can lean, discern and love
You can walk, talk, and wear a glove

You, yes I do mean YOU, get to choose your actions, activities and life course.

You can offer a hand or offer a fist.
You can walk in the rain or enjoy the mist

You can protect someone’s back
Or live with great lack

You get to choose, my friend.

Choose Wisely!

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

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Anything Can Be

It’s about time for a bit of Shel Silverstein philosophy, don’t you think?  Read this.

Ain’t it so.  Ain’t it so. 

There will be nay-sayers in this world.  There will be those who pooh-pooh every idea, thought, creation, or hint of something that might work.

AND WE DO IT ANYWAY!  We do it because sometimes it needs doing, and perhaps we are the only one with the vision to do the thing.

If it is good, if it is honest, if it is profitable for mankind, if it is an idea worthy of its time, then by all means do it.

You may go back to building your dream now.

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

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Do or Do Not

Have you ever seen a more succinct quote?  It boils down to this every time, doesn’t it?

I’m listening to the audio biography of the Wright brother.  Again this quote is in play. 

I am on a new quest for my health.  For me it is a matter of "Do.  By all means do.”

I could choose to “do not” but I want to live a bunch more years.  For me this choice is easy. 

What can you decide to “DO” right now? 

It is your choice, after all.

Your normal life will resume in 3 – 2 – 1!

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

Saturday, August 29, 2015



What a necessity for life. 

And when we are without, we can only last a few seconds up to 4 minutes. 

A barely flickering flame needs oxygen.  Sometimes we call it nurturing the flame.

People need oxygen too, and not just in the air we breathe.  We need it in the form of a word of esteem and a word of hope.

And you and I hold that oxygen in our hands every day.  With every person we meet, we can either say words of hope and encouragement, or words of ill will. 

Your next wait person at the restaurant needs oxygen-like words of appreciation and kindness.  So does your mailman, your grocery clerk, and your minister/priest/rabbi.

Even your spouse and kids, especially your spouse and kids need to hear those life-giving words for which they thirst

Will you bring life to someone nearby today?

I hope so.

And may you receive in like manner in which you give

Be well today.

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

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Final Conversations

This post is not meant to be morbid nor depressing.  Hopefully, you will gain some insights about the last conversations you may ever have with a spouse, parent, sibling or someone very close to you.  These thoughts are based on the book – The Four Things that Matter Most by Ira Byock, M.D.

When someone you cherish is facing their last days on this earth, it is doubtful you’ll have conversations about the weather or the recent Mariner’s or Seahawk’s game.  You probably won’t brag about the new Lexus you just purchased either.  I hope you go much deeper than all of that. 

If you are like a lot of people, you want your last breath, and the breath of your loved one, done right.  You want to say the right words at the right time.  Usually, those words fit into four neat phrases. 

     “Please forgive me.”
       “I forgive you.”
         “Thank you.”
           “I love you.”

I hope you seek to fill those final conversations full of loving and esteeming relationship restoration moments.  Make magical memories for those who will be left behind.

Dr. Byock tells a touching story of a man named Ira and his father’s last days.  The short version of the story is this:  The father had always been a man of stern disposition.  He never showed emotion and never expressed the “I love you” words. 

During the last month of life his father asked Ira to give him a shave during one of his morning visits.  Ira was taken aback at this request, but quickly consented and got the shaving tools needed. 

He placed a hot towel on his father’s face, and they began talking softly all during the process.  Ira used the soap cup and brush his father had used his whole life, which happened to be the same soap, cup and razor his father used when teaching Ira to shave as a teenager.  After he finished, his father asked him if he would come and do that again. 

Ira consented, and soon realized that his dad didn’t need his son to shave him.  The hospice team had been doing that.  His father simply wanted Ira to touch him.  Touch is one of the most powerful forms of communication when words fail us. 

Ira reflected after his father’s death:  “It was something he needed, and it was obviously something I needed as well.  Touching my father was magical.  We communicated more love to each other during those times than we ever had in all our lives.”

My wife Carolyn tells a similar story of her father’s wish for her to shave him during his last days.  Though they had a good and healthy relationship, this simple act of touch and gentle conversations had an impact that was magical, esteeming and memorable.  

We all will have those final crucial conversations.  I hope they become rich memories and restorative moments in your relationships.

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