Monday, March 20, 2017

Are You Thirsty

Thirsty people make a difference. 

Thirsty people ask questions like why, how come, what happens then, what if … oh my, they ask a lot of what if questions.

Are you thirsty?  Thirsty people form habits –
habits of shipping, of pressing play, of publishing, of going it alone if necessary. 

Oh, we don’t have to be thirsty.  We can accept the normal mindset, the usual, the expected.  We can continue to accept things as they are, and miss a whole passel of possibilities.

We could do that, I suppose. 

We could let fear kill our thirst.  
Broken promises kill thirst for sure. 
And people have even been punished for being thirsty – for asking questions.

Sometimes schools and universities kill thirst by focusing on grades and not on the learning process. 

But you and I are thirsty.  We seek new information in different places.  We read from a variety of sources, authors and magazines that sometimes challenge and stretch us. 

We are thirsty. 

Come along.  Let’s be thirsty together.

We are not threatened by the new, the obscure source, or the out-of-bounds idea.  We are thirsty people after all.

We don’t swallow every drink that comes along, but we taste, we hold it in our mouths, we swish it around, we sniff it out, we sample and see how it goes down.  We’re not careless, but we are curious.

And of course, we spit it out when necessary. 

I like thirsty.  Thirsty is a game-changer.  

Are you thirsty, too?

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

Monday, March 13, 2017

People Don't Know

A profound statement:

People don’t know 
what they want. 

What in the world does that mean? 

If you want to invent the next widget, you can’t listen to people, because if you asked them what they want, they will probably ask for what they already know and understand. 

Think of it this way … People were not asking for the iPod or iPhone, or a tablet when Steve Jobs and his team created them.  They made them and then people wanted them.

People didn’t ask for the movie La La Land to be made.  Some bright team of individuals said, “This is what we shall do”, and they made it.

Henry Ford didn’t have a bunch of people coming to him asking for his automobile.  He saw a need a filled it.

What we need is YOUR ideas, your dreams, your gadgets and plays, books and music, blogs and buildings.

We need you to show us what you can do, and we beg you to do it well, and then, perhaps, we might just buy it in bucket loads.

That’s what we need.

When can you deliver?

(This idea is based on an idea 
found in Seth Godin’s book 
What to Do when it’s Your Turn, 
Pages 150-151)

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

Monday, March 6, 2017

Are You Over-Occupied

Is there ever enough?  Our lives are crammed to the ceiling with activities, sports events, entertainment of every stripe imaginable, and we continually go-go-go. 

The advice comes down and it tells us to drop some things.  After all, a person can’t be everywhere at once. 

We try anyway.  After all – we are super human … or so we think.

We won’t even entertain the idea of letting something go in our busy lives, otherwise, we’d be labeled as inferior to those who are still clutching, holding, hugging all the stuff and activities in their lives.  There is no way you’ve gonna call ME inferior.  Never in a million years!

We have been trained from early days that we must be beautiful, wealthy, look youthful … for we are never enough in our own right. 

What a rat’s race.

Stop the train and let me off.

I’m speaking in my small voice, for I want you to hear me loud and clear.

You are not inferior if you don’t have a
schedule scrammed to the gills.  You are not your busy schedule, nor the person who juggles more than he/she can handle, nor the person who attends every sporting event just because that is what the Mom down the street does. 

You are one unique, amazing man or woman.  Your worth is not in your busy-ness.  There is no glory in running till you are exhausted just so you can do it again tomorrow in an attempt to appear whole and ‘together’.

Do you really want to be whole and ‘together’?  Take time for you.  And do what we’ve heard from childhood – stop along the way and smell the roses.

I have no desire to keep up with the Kardashians, but I do seek to spend some GREAT moments with my wife.  We can do ‘nothing’ and have the time of our lives.  We find those ‘nothing’ moments when eating a slow breakfast at a new place, savoring the coffee, laughing and teasing and talking about everything and anything.

We love walking down Sunset.  There are a couple of yards that have some amazing rose bushes and we often stop and literally smell the roses.

We marvel at the water view across the Puget Sound as we watch the tide coming in or out. 

We are trying our best to live into these precious moments of life.

Oh, we could be somewhere, doing something.  There are about ten movies I haven’t seen yet, and blogs that are in my head to be written, and CB could be making a dozen phone calls – but for those quiet moments in time, we just agree to BE.  We are safe and content in each other’s presence. 

We are presently occupied with doing nothing, and that makes us very happy indeed.

This post is based on an idea found in Christianity Today February 2017, Page 39) The actual quote is: 
“The implication is that if we’re not over-occupied, we are inferior to those who are.  As with all law-based barometers of self-worth (beauty, wealth, influence, youth, etc) there is no enough.”

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

Monday, February 27, 2017

No Permit Needed

It’s the old adage - you don’t need a title to be a leader.

Here’s the thing – choose yourself.  Decide for yourself what needs to be done and go do it.  It is always in vogue to do the right thing. 

No one is going to come up to you and say – “It is now your turn.  You may lead, or start, or build, or go, or investigate, or become.”

No, No, No!

If you see someone in distress, you don’t have to be a law enforcement officer to help.  You help.  You step in and do what you can.

This picture just about sums up my theme today.

Go make something.  
You don’t need permission.

This post was inspired by Seth Godin  - What to Do when it’s Your Turn

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

Monday, February 20, 2017

Doubts Kill

A thought …

“Doubt kill more dreams 
than failure ever will.”
~Suzy Kassem

Doubts stop us in mid stride. 
They bind us in the death-grip of fear.
Doubts kill our most worthy ambitions and dreams.

Doubt is nothing more than a huge lack of self-confidence.

Self – that is the critical work here.

We fail to believe in our dreams.

How tragic.

What are we going to do about that?

If doubts kill … then belief must have reviving powers.

You think?

Maybe, perhaps, it is time to kill doubt with a big dose of belief.

Could it be?

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

Monday, February 13, 2017

Ideas Don't Come with a Guarantee

We love guarantees.  I have one for this computer I use.  One came with the printer we just purchased.  I love guarantees as much as the next person.

But ideas … they don’t come with a guarantee.

That is when we live on the edge … when we have an idea and attempt to make it come to life. 

No guarantee.
No assurance any part of it will work.

All we have is the gut sensation within ourselves and a tremendous amount of belief. 

Ideas Don’t Come with a Guarantee.  

Never have.

Never will.

And ideas are born and raised every day. 

What is your idea?
What is your plan?
What is your ability to see it succeed?

And if it doesn’t … what then?

Those are the real questions for any noble endeavor.

Somewhere in there you might indeed find your guarantee … your self-insured guarantee policy against failure.

It’s really up to you!

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


Monday, February 6, 2017

Will We Try Again

What if nobody shows up?  Will we try again?

What if nobody buys our book or CD?  Will we try again?

What if we’re down 21 to 3 at the half in the
Super Bowl?  Will we keep trying?

What if we go through bankruptcy?  Will we try to recover?

How’s your faith?
How much do you believe in your dream, your widget, your team, your talent?  If you have enough belief, enough faith, then, indeed, you will try again?

The 51st Super Bowl just ended.  The New England Patriots pulled off a miracle.  They came from behind and won the game in overtime.  I would dare say they had belief on their side. 

And when we fail … when breaks fall away from us instead of toward us, then we decide.  We screw our courage to the sticking place and try again.

Life doesn’t come with a golden parachute.  There are no guarantees for success.  We just keep trying. 


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