Monday, February 29, 2016


It appears to me that we need a huge dose of RESPECT to sweep our world today.  You know … R E S P E C T

In this election year I see anything but respect.  Even as I write this I am aware that others could take my words and use them slanted toward their own argument and do some serious slamming of ones whose opinion they do not value.

So – RESPECT is the word for today.

We are thinking people.  We hold thoughts, opinions, views and ideas that differ greatly.  And so our right to hold those differing opinions should be honored.

Many dogmas, philosophies and political entities abound and would love nothing more than to do our thinking for us. 

However … HOWEVER, my friend, hold the line.  Hold your own thoughts and let nothing nor no one take that right from you to hold your own thoughts. 

I am forming my opinions on whom I will vote for in the up-coming elections, and I may be right as rain or as wrong as the devil, but I will hold to my opinions and vote as proudly as I can and you should too. 

And as we do, we offer each other the hand of friendship called respect.  And if we vote wrongly, we hang together and attempt to correct any grievous wrongs that we may have brought upon ourselves or our land.

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

Monday, February 22, 2016

These Still Work

Some things wear out with use.  I’ll be needing new tires for my Taurus soon. 

Carolyn likes to purge my sweaters from time to time, for the ones she gets rid of are looking picked and pulled and perhaps stained.   They don’t work any longer.

Here are a couple of phrases that still work.

“Yes Ma’am” and Yes Sir.”

People with manners use these words.
I use them with the younger members of my team at work.  And with customers I serve.

I believe in showing good manners.

I believe in Yes Ma’am and Yes Sir.

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

Monday, February 15, 2016

Don't Fear Failure

After a lifetime of putting my hand to a variety of careers I’ve dimmed the effects of failure somewhat.  That is why I can embrace this thought and encourage you to do the same.  

Where is the crime in failure?  Unless it is truly a criminal act, there is no crime in failing.  Read this:

Ah, I think we are on to something here.  Maybe our efforts have revolved around low aim, and that is a waste.  

I am taking a bite out of the writing world.  Want to know what my lofty goal is?  I want to write the blog heard around the world.  I want to write words of hope. encouragement and inspiration that speak to the heart and soul of mankind.  

I don’t always write a zinger of a post.  Sometimes my thoughts ramble, and I occasionally use the wrong tense and mix the tenses in my sentences, and sometimes I’ve let a few typos slip by. Nevertheless, my aim is firmly in mind.  My goals have not diminished.  

I may fail along the way, but I’m rising back up, brushing myself off and trying again in my march to write something that will outlast me.  

In my early days as a writer I feared pushing the “PUBLISH” button every time.  I was so afraid I might say something stupid, or have glaring errors that people would laugh at.  

No more.  

In my many attempts to be a writer, I’m had some amazing moments when my words have resonated with my audience, and they have let me know how meaningful something is that I wrote.  

I may fail tonight in writing this, but look what I learn with every stroke of the keys and every flash of insight that comes my way. 

I just don’t want to aim low and be a success.  

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

Monday, February 8, 2016

Learn Today?

And what did you learn today?  Did a mistake teach you something new?

Did you try your best today?  Did you spend a few minutes puzzling out a problem?

Graduation is just a commencement; it’s not the end of learning.

Life is an education. 

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

Monday, February 1, 2016

Extraordinary Moments - Simple Acts

A quick personal example:  I’ve been writing seriously for six years.  Occasionally I receive heartwarming words from readers expressing appreciation for what I’ve written.

My words are pretty simple – probably on the intellectual level of a tenth grade student.  I write from my heart, and occasionally my heart touches another heart.  That is an extraordinary moment.

Speakers have extraordinary moments when someone in their audience actually pays attention to their talk. 

A hand outstretched often begins an extraordinary friendship.

A smile and kind word of appreciation often create an extraordinary moment of hope and joy for the receiver

I fed a homeless man two chicken salad sandwiches and a latte on Sunday.  He specifically asked for those foods.  I have a feeling those sandwiches and drink created an extraordinary Sunday, and a belly that felt full for a brief few hours.

I whisper encouraging words occasionally to those close to me, and sometimes to strangers.  Maybe, perhaps I am creating for the recipient one brief moment of extraordinary joy and esteem. 

Join in.  Create extraordinary moments wherever you plant you foot.

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