Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sometimes We Just Have to Get Back Up

What do you do when you fall down?
Do you stay down?

Physically, when most of us fall we have the strength and good sense to get back on our feet.

What gets you down?
What keeps you down?

Heartaches, disappointments, setbacks and life stuff sometimes come in buckets and truck loads doesn’t it?

Let me sing you a song  

“Do you remember those famous men
Who had to fall to rise again
They pick themselves up
Dust themselves off
And start all over again”

You need to watch this 7:19 video clip of Nick Vujicic.  It will inspire you.

Just remember, because you are down, doesn’t mean you have to stay down.

P Michael Biggs
Creating Up-Moments one opportunity at a time!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Feeling Cherished

The phone rang.  The voice on the other end simply said, “I got your note today.”

That comment speaks volumes.

This person is saying in effect …
“I felt cherished today.”
“I felt loved and appreciated.”
“You thought of me.”
“You recognized me.”

Oprah Winfrey says, “One of mankind’s greatest needs is the need to feel validated.”

Everyone needs to feel esteemed, loved, and acknowledged. 

How can we do this for others in our lives?

Try these
-An assuring hand on one’s shoulder
  -A well-timed phone call
    -A handwritten note in the mail
      -A significant email
    -A bunch of flowers received unexpectedly
  -A small gift, simply because someone wanted to give it.

When I was ten, my brother and I were mowing the yard one hot August afternoon.  Our Dad pulled into the driveway, tossed out a brand new baseball and glove, and then drove away. 

He didn’t say anything -- he simply waved and drove away.

We felt significant, cherished.

Make someone feel cherished today.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


My wife once worked for Dr. David Le Shana when he was President of Seattle Pacific University.  During one of our visits David verified the following story for me.

When he was President of Taylor University, he had the privilege of calling on J.C. Penney, founder of the stores that bear his name.

When Dr. Le Shana was ushered into Mr. Penney’s office, he found Mr. Penney sitting at his desk looking at Dr. Le Shana’s business card.  He was moving it back and forth attempting to bring it into better focus. 

As Dr. Le Shana approached, Mr. Penney looked up and said, “You’ll have to excuse me.  I’m losing my vision.”

He slammed his hand down on the desk and stated emphatically.

“No, that’s not right.  I’m losing my eyesight.  I’ll never lose my vision.”

Enough said.  Eyesight is one thing. 


That’s something we need in buckets and truckloads.

Kevin Hall says “Vision is what we see when we close our eyes.”

Open your eyes. 

Or don’t. 

How is your vision?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Just For Today

“We do not need the courage 
to write a whole novel.  
We need the courage 
to write on the novel today."

Julia Cameron said this in The Right to Write.

Sage advice.

Do you sometimes procrastinate?

I do.

Some weeks, my favorite phrase is "Oh, I'll do that next week."

However ...

However, when I make the effort, say to write on my book, the ideas will come to me.  You notice I said "come to me."  I’m not chasing an idea at all. I simply show up and allow the ideas to find me.

Is this contrary to how you approach projects that cross your desk?

I find that those small nuggets of time turn into volumes.  Our job is simply to take advantage of those moments that come our way.

What can you work on, just for today?
    --A relationship?
        --A painting?
            --A broken door?
                --A letter to a long-time friend?

Just for today
Dab on some paint.
Hammer a few nails.
Write 8 measures of music

Do some something … just for today … and see what happens.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Life in the Moment

Today Carolyn and I enjoyed breakfast together at our new favorite little place in downtown Edmonds, WA.  It is called Baicha Tea Room.  We had a lot of nothing to talk about.  Just chitchat mostly.

I paused several times during our conversation simply to say to her, “Honey, I’m loving this moment with you.”

The tea was excellent.  The food hot and delicious, the atmosphere was quaint, quiet and peaceful, but the company of my wife was the best. 

I was savoring that moment with her. 

We were making a precious moment, together.  That’s the stuff of a quality life. 

How is the quality of your life? 

Being “in the moment” in conversations with spouses, kids, parents, close friends is one of those critical skills worth mastering.

Be present in your life in the moment.

Create precious moments.

It’s living a full life at its best.