Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Living the Dash

Living the Dash

Walk in any cemetery and you’ll find headstones that read something like this: 

John Smith

Note the dash.  What did John Smith do during all those years of his life?

What indeed.

What am I doing since my birth, and what about you?

We live.  We make an impact.
Some of us create.
Some build.
Some manage.
Some raise families.
Some sing, or write or act.

Life happens, and we move through it.  Ah, but what is our contribution?

I’m not trying to cram into my dash as much as possible.  Some do, and if that is their speed, then go and do.

Anymore, I’m going for quality.  I’ll pause and smell a rose on Sunset as Carolyn and I walk along.

I’ll stop and enjoy a few bars of music coming from unexpected outdoor speakers.

I’ll smile and wave at small children and laugh at their giggles and smiles.

I’ll keep writing insights as they come along.  I’m still searching for the idea for the blog heard ‘round the world.

I’ll keep living and breathing.
I’ll keep whispering “I love you” to CB.
I’ll keep saying words of hope and encouragement to those nearby.

And I’ll keep hoping.  I’ll hope my fellow man and I can continue to get along.  I’ll hope my government will rule wisely, with consideration for all of us.

And I’ll trust in the God of my understanding. 

And when my dash ends …

Memories of something I’ve said, or written, or done, may linger in someone’s mind and keep me alive a few breaths longer.

This is what is on
my mind today.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope

Friday, July 13, 2018

Real Reality

Real Reality

Opinions abound.  Everybody has an opinion these days.  If you doubt that, just spend ten minutes on social media sites.

Really, though, what is real and what is reality? 

The hardest work I’ve ever done is knowing and understanding myself, and I’m
still not through.  I am learning how to choose based on my own parameters, my own understanding of life.  I am learning in whom to trust, for not everyone who opens their mouth speaks from truth and with strait considerations.  (That’s a fancy way of saying ‘sometimes people lie.)

And on other’s opinions:
This is about all that needs to be said on that topic.

Once we master that one, we start our journey toward REAL!

It’s just opinion, man.  Opinions are a dime-a-dozen in most stores and from many news sources.  I say, “Learn to form your own opinions, on self and on the condition of our world.


This is what is on
my mind today.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Won't You Be My Neighbor

Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Carolyn and I went to see Won’t You Be My Neighbor Friday night.  I was deeply touched by the simple messages of hope and esteem that this man, Fred Rogers, presented.  He gave us esteem, wholesome concepts like honesty, acceptance, responsibility and many other great concepts, during his fifty years of being in the public eye.

And in his theme song, this lyric speaks loudly today.  “Would you be mine?”.

The full lyric is”
“So, let’s make the most of this beautiful day.
Since we’re together we might as well say:
Would you be mine??

I have to couch this in the context of what I’m seeing in our world today, especially in America.  I have been threatened no less than ten times to be unfriended because of the way I voted in the last election.  I have been accused of having less than righteous morals, poor judgment, lacking in mental acuity, and just being plain un-American. 

This is wrong!  It is wrong on so many levels. 

My friends, I live next door to you.  I shop in the same grocery store and buy my gas at the same places you do.  I attended the same college/university as you.  In many cases, I attended the same denominational church you attended.  And now … just because I made a different choice from you, I am a lesser specimen. 

I don’t think so. 

My view … we are neighbors.  You may live in Tennessee, New Mexico, or any other parts of this great land, yet we are neighbors.  The globe has shrunken to ‘everybody is my neighbor.’ 

I never get far from this John Kennedy quote:

Our most basic common like is that
we all inhabit this planet. 
We all breathe the same air. 
We all cherish our children's future. 
And we are all mortal. 

We get to choose.  We get to vote as we see fit.  We get to voice our opinions.  And it stops there.  We don’t coerce, we don’t force a decision for who or what or how to believe, and we don’t threaten or commit violence if we don’t get our way.  After all, we all breathe the same air.  And we cherish our futures and those of our kids and grandkids.

We are reasonable adults, and I call upon reasonable and responsible actions from all of us in managing our frustrations, our angst, our disappointments and our concerns. 

And, perhaps, I call for prayer for ALL of our leaders.  A L L !

I hope to God a civil war never shows its ugly face on our land again.  I pray for tolerance, understanding, and a grand sense of “won’t you be my neighbor” to come sweeping over all of us.

What do you say … neighbor?

This is what is on
my mind today.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope