Saturday, April 25, 2015

Not All Chocolate Is Created Equal

I love a great hot chocolate.  The store-bought package mixes don’t compare to a great little specialty coffee place near here.  Same name – “hot chocolate” – different worlds. 

All Mexican food is not the same.  We are discovering our favorites of favorites and will stick to those.

My writing has its own brand.  I can’t write like James Paterson or any others who might be “greats” but I can write like me.  And so I do.

What we are talking about here is “branding”.  You have a brand as a company, as a restaurant and as a human being.  Your trade mark is what sets you apart.  And people will seek you out simply because of how you look, smell, taste, sound, speak and the services you offer.

All chocolate is not created equal, and neither are we humans.  We each add our distinctive touch to this world and people discover us and like us because of that.

Sip on that for a while.

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

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Next Two or Three Feet

When I started blogging in 2009, I could not have told you then that tonight I would write this blog.  Honestly, I didn't know for how long I could sustain my first blog site – Up-Words Morning Notes.  Six years later I now have four blog sites, and continually find material for them on an on-going basis.  

Even now, I rarely know what will come out of my computer at the beginning of a writing session.  Somehow the ideas gel, the words flow and the blog is written.

This is a great summation of what I want to say today.

Often, on the waters of the Puget Sound in Seattle, we see cargo ships headed out to their next destination.  Perhaps it is Hong Kong, Moscow, San Francisco, Dubai or any of hundreds of other ports in this world.  For 99% of the journey these vessels can’t see their port of call, yet they make it, one foot at a time.

Anne Lamott says this about that:  “You don’t have to see where you are going; you don’t have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way.  You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you.  This is right up there with the best advice on writing, or life, I have ever read.”

Thank you Anne.  You are spot on.

Where are you going?

What is your diagnosis?

What is your game plan?

You’ll get there, one step, one foot at a time.  Just follow your agenda, your compass, your doctor, your road map or whatever metaphor or guiding system you choose.

Enough said.

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

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Broken Crayons Still Color

Today’s thought is simple.  Actually, the title says it all.

I broke my left arm when I was nine.  It still works.  I still can write and play drums; I play ping pong and racquet ball.

I’m older now.  I think I’m forty, but my body knows better.  My joints, muscles and ligaments have stiffened with age.  However, HOWEVER - they are stretching again thanks to my Monday night Yoga class.  I may be older, yet I’m regaining flexibility. 

Even if we are broken, wrinkled, walk with a limp or use handrails, we still have value.  We can still splash this world with our unique touches.

Broken crayons still color beautiful pictures.

Be encouraged today.

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

Saturday, April 4, 2015

About Keys

What do you really know and understand about keys?  The obvious surfaces first.

   Keys unlock things.
   Keys reveal things.
   Keys secure things.

   Keys open doors.
   Keys gain entrance.
   Keys break.
   Keys get lost, and found again.

What if you have never had a key to anything in your life for a
very long time?  I heard of a man here in Seattle recently who finally got his own key to his own living space.  He had been living on the streets for years.  Finally the proper paper work got filed and he received his own key to his own place.

What a day that must have been for him.

I hope all the keys in your life fit all the locks you face.

Keys are good things.

I've even found keys in books and magazines. 

Keys are everywhere.  I hope you find the right keys that work in your life.

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

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Words Bring Hope

The age old question is this – What’s in a word?

Words can be a powerhouse of hope or a sledge hammer of destruction.  What kinds of words will come from your mouth and mine?

To this day, sometimes I still replay some harsh and negative words that have been tossed my way.  I know cognitively that I should never dwell on those words; however, my subconscious still remembers them. 

On the other hand, I can replay some amazing and life enriching words of esteem that I've heard about my life or talents or contributions.  Those words are like oxygen to my soul.  They refresh me and inspire me.

Once, I heard a publisher say this about my writing:  “Michael is a writer’s writer.”  Wow.  What a comment.  Do you think that inspired me to go out and write volumes of material?  You bet it did.

Let’s look at some of the other benefits of strong and affirming words and their effect on people.

Words bring …

Now, spend a few minutes contemplating these words.  Remember, they apply to the people in your world too. Every person you meet is wearing an invisible sign that says,

Make Me Feel Important.


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

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Praise for the Critic

I love critics.  Want to know why?  I don’t have to try and change their mind.  Critics are going to criticize and that is just the way the world works.  If critics will be critics no matter what, then I can move on down the road and appeal to those who already follow me, like me and want more of what I do. 

Seth Godin has helped me immensely with this idea.  Here is his direct quote:

“Unsubscribers and critics are a gift.  They save you the job of working out who your target audience is.  Not everyone is going to love your widget, program or writing content.”  And, I might add, neither will they like your church, song choice, clothes, shoes, spices on your enchiladas, and your lasagna recipe.

I do not have as a stated goal to “win the world over to like my blogs.”  If I did, I’d write a little bit of this philosophy, that ideology and yet another slant or philosophy in every post and in the end would never reach anyone.  

I am all about finding my niche and the people who appreciate that niche.  It is to that group of individuals to whom I write.

Sorry to lose the rest of you. 

Now, what is your hook?  Find your tribe and make it work.

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

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Go to Luck School

Luck School is where they teach some great stuff.  It’s where magic happens.  Let’s go to Luck School.

At Luck School we do things on purpose, with great intention.  We learn at Luck School.

And, believe it or not, we get lucky sometimes at Luck School.

We get lucky, I think, because we show up. 


~We write on days we don’t feel like writing.
~We run on days when we don’t feel like running.
~We build computer software on days when we don’t feel like building.

We do the thing, and sometimes we get lucky, because it works, we win, and we get better.

WE GET BETTER … at Luck School.

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