Monday, June 20, 2016

Sabbatical

My Cherished Reader:

It is sabbatical time for me.  After seven years of steadily churning out blogs for my six blog sites it is time for me to step away.  There will be no new posts for the next ten weeks.  I will resume with some fresh insights and thoughts after Labor Day.

Thank you for your consistent support of this blog.  I cherish your interest, your readership and your comments. 

My back-list is still available and I encourage you to continue to dip into that as often as you wish.

I will post an occasional oldie-but-goodie from time to time on social media sites, but mostly this is a regathering time for me.

See you in September.


P Michael Biggs
Words of Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time


Monday, June 13, 2016

Live ... Don't Just Exist

Perhaps this is a short philosophy lesson.  Let’s pursue it anyway.  

A quote:


To live is the rarest thing 
in the world.  Most people 
simply exist and that is all.”

Surely by now you’ve been encouraged to live in the moment, right?  In a nutshell, that means as we’re going about our labors and leisure, there are times that come along when we need to pause and reflect on what is happening in the moment and be very present to the moment.

You might find yourself sharing a lovely sunrise or sunset with a significant other.  Be very present at those times.  Note the gentle breeze blowing softly across your brow. Note the ever-changing colors of the sky, and note the sounds in that moment.  Memorize your present moment.

People who simply exist seem to rush past life at breakneck speed.  They never slow down and smell the roses, they miss their children’s soccer games and ballet performances, they eat a meal and in ten minutes forget what they just ate.

They rush to the next item on their list of life’s duties simply to check the next one off as having done that, or been there, and look what they missed.

I’m learning to master this philosophy at this point in my life.  We love the idea of being able to slow down and tune into this mindset of being present in the moments of my life.

And life is richer and sweeter because of it.  Carolyn and I savor our moments.  We are sucking the very marrow out of life and making sure we are in the moment for those significant opportunities.

We practice being ‘in the moment’ at meal time, down on Sunset Boulevard, eating yogurt, walking hand in hand doing nothing except being together, and a hundred other life experiences.  We’re not experts at it, but we’re better than we were.

We don’t want to simply exist in this world.  Our intent is to memorize our lives as we live them.  We love nothing more than to reminisce over a shared moment – and sometimes they are brief and fleeting, and we attempted to capture them in our minds and hearts.

That is a pretty grand way to live, if you ask me.

Anybody can exist.

A flea exists.  A snake in the grass exists.

Our intent is to savor our existence.

We’re leaning into life.  Want to join us?



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

Monday, June 6, 2016

Own Your Own Reality

Your reality is yours to own, and don’t allow anyone to tell you differently.  Your power of choice is one of the great gifts we’ve all been given, and when used wisely leads to some amazing discoveries and adventures.  This quote grabbed me tonight.


Now I really like that. 

Here are some words that have been said to me in the past and I am thankful I did not buy into them.

“You’re an accident waiting to happen.”

“Get away from that thing, boy.  You don’t know nothin’ about machinery.” 
(This was said to me as a youngster during a moment of fascination with a reel-to-reel tape recorder.  Later I produced numerous recordings, using both reel-to-reel and was one of the first to use Pro Tools.)

Don’t buy that saw.  Why, you’ll cut off your thumb.”

“Oh no.  Don’t marry her.”  
(Carolyn is my best friend and soul mate, and we are celebrating our 10th anniversary this September.

What is your reality?
                                    What is your destiny?

Listen to your heart.  Allow your instincts to guide you.

And if you listen to others, be sure they are wise and not jaded in their views.  And especially make sure they are not laying on you their own fears, regrets and limited thinking.

I think that is enough of this for one session.

Happy Trails as you discover YOUR reality!



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


Monday, May 30, 2016

When "YOU" Becomes a Verb

There are three quotes that are rocking my world right now.  I wanted to share them with you and perhaps add comment to each one.  Let’s go.

~If you do not go after what you want,
you will never have it.
As a writer, this hits me between the eyes.  I could rest on my past successes and boast of my six blogs and numerous clicks and how many countries that read my stuff.  All of that is well and good, however, I want to write more books.  I have a novel I started in 2005.  It is time to go after that novel. 

I don’t know of a single publisher who is going to come to me tomorrow, knock on my door and offer a publishing contract just because I’m a nice guy, have written four books, and write a few blogs every week.  So, I’m getting ready to rearrange my life and my schedule and finish this book.  Wish me success.  I am going after my dream!


~If you do not ask, the answer will always be NO.
Fear of rejection has stopped more promising careers, more projects, more creative ideas and more inventions than any other factor on earth. 

Fear of rejection stops …
  First dates
   Job interviews
    Brilliant projects from jumping off the 
    drawing board
      And thousands of other worthwhile ideas.

I knocked on the banking door 2 years ago.  I asked for a position and they let me in.  What doors do you need to go to and knock on?  Do it tomorrow, for your own sake.


~If you do not step forward, you will always be in the same place.
Seven years ago I was a wanna-be writer.  With a little nudge from my step-son I began blogging.  Appreciation goes to his nudge, but notice I had to step forward.  You won’t believe the fear and trepidation I felt in the early days when it came time to press “PUBLISH”.  Fear came along side. Panic set in.  The negative ninnies camped next door.  You know them, right?

Their mantra goes something like this:
   What if nobody reads your stuff?
      What if they laugh you out of town?
         What if it’s bad.?
            What if you say something stupid?
               What if you have a typo or three?

Thankfully I tuned them out. 

And I’ve landed on my feet.


There you have it.  Three challenging thoughts that we all need to spend some time reviewing. 

Remember, YOU can do YOUR thing better than anyone else.

Let YOU be seen!


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