Monday, January 1, 2018

My 2018 Guarantee Didn't Arrive

My 2018 Guarantee Didn’t Arrive

It’s 2018 and my guarantee didn’t arrive.  Did yours?

I have been expecting promises of good health, good will, a larger bank account, better relationships … you know the drill – more and bigger and better.

Now what am I going to do?

I think my guarantee promised more readers, more esteem as a writer.  That one didn’t come either.

I also ordered a golden parachute.  It was supposed to catch me when I fall, prevent injury and illness from attacking and assure my investments would all range in the double digits.

Now what?

I guess I’ll just have to do life anyway.  I’ll make my plans more carefully, I’ll weigh the odds, I’ll consider my options, I’ll tread with steps of discernment and wisdom.  I’ll find my faith … faith in my own resilience, my own strength and stamina and in God.  I’ll push myself when appropriate, I’ll dream often, I’ll still do life well.

You see, I still have my faith in my inner compass.

Maybe I don’t need a guarantee after all.

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

Monday, December 11, 2017

People at Christmas

People at Christmas

Were going to be brushing up against others this month in our dash to Christmas.  And these others we will see have their lives too.  They have their
angst, their issues, their happy moments and their woes. 

Its a good time to slow down, offer a bit of a wider smile, let your voice and words of good cheer, seasons greetings, Merry Christmas, so good to see you, thank you for all you do, and all the other good words and phrases come forth from your lips to their ears.

I never get far from the fact that people, all mankind, simply want to be recognized, validated, respected. 

Even at Christmas especially at Christmas may we offer the gift that costs us nothing, yet gives long after we have left.  May we give words of good hope, good cheer, and that speak of love and good will now and in the year to come.

Merry Christmas.

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

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

I'll Take the Risk

I’ll Take the Risk

There are always risks.  Life wouldn’t be life without risks. 

And I’m getting ready for the biggest risk I’ve
ever taken.  Today is Tuesday. Dec. 5, 2017.  In two weeks, I’ll be on the operating table getting four heart bypasses.  It’s risky.  At one point my cardiologist said, after I asked the question, “You have a seventy percent chance for success.”

That’s a risk.  And I’m going to take it.  Even though I feel good, even great most days, I still have the blockage and it still prevents me from living my life in complete health to the degree I am capable. 

And so, I risk.

Dr. S, my cardiologist, says, “I can give you another twenty years.”  I’ll risk the surgery to gain those twenty years.  You see, I think I have twenty or more Christmases in me, and twenty or so more birthdays, and a few more trips to unseen places.  

I have a whole bunch more “I love you” words to say, and I’m not finished holding Carolyn’s hand, and reading to her, and loving her.  I need to see my grandkids grow up a bit more, and I think I’ll see a few great-grands come along at some point. 

I have a lot more blogs and podcasts in me and nobody can write them or say them exactly like I can.  So, I want my voice to continue to be heard. 

I’ll take the risk.  Actually, I have no choice.  I take the risk or I get worse and become incapacitated in some more serious and severe ways. 

70% chances are pretty good odds.  I’m helping the odds by exercising, eating healthy, taking my meds on time every time. 

I’ll take the risk. 

And what risks are you taking?  Life is a risk.  We can’t avoid them.

We weigh the chances.  We consider our options.  We trust the trusted ones.

And we take the risks. 

I’m optimistic. 

I’m also holding hands with God, who is with me through it all.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration