Friday, June 29, 2012

Broke Hungry Hopeful

Broke Hungry Hopeful
54 Sec.

Recently I saw a homeless man on the streets of Seattle holding a sign that said ...

This man just might be onto an essential -- Hope

John Maxwell says
“Mankind can live
          40 days without food
               4 minutes without air
                 4 seconds without hope”

How about you?

Got Hope?

Zig Ziglar says,
“Men are limited not by the color
of their skin but by the size of their hope.”

We often watch the TV show Shark Tank.  Hopeful individuals stand before five successful business people and await their destiny.  The right connection could launch their hopes or crash their dreams.

They are full of hope.

Hope is a belief that some something might come along that is needed in that moment.

Hopes are good. 

               Hopes launch dreams.

Be encouraged.  Hold onto HOPE!

That is where dreams begin.

P Michael Biggs
Offering a Moment of Hope
One Moment at a Time

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Few Thoughts about People

A Few Thoughts about People
40 Secs.

~Most people don’t have someone who has faith in them. 
                     Can you be a believer in someone close to you?

~When you put your faith in others, you help them reach their potential.  You become an important relationship in their lives – and they in yours.
                    Will you dare to put your faith in someone? 

~Ralph Waldo Emerson acknowledged,
“Every man I meet is in some way
my superior, and I can learn of him.”

~Dale Carnegie said,
“You can make more friends in two weeks
by becoming a good listener than you can
in two years by trying to get people
interested in you.”

~Treat every person you meet 
as if he or she were the 
most important person 
in the world~  

P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Rest of Your Life

The Rest of Your Life
41 sec.

From this moment forward, we have the rest of our lives before us.  What are we going to do?

Consider this.

I’ll take time to
-See the landscape before me
-Breathe in every day
-Value those close to me

I’ll take time to
     -Find beauty on every path
     -Find meaningful work that satisfies my soul
     -See more sunsets.

I’ll take time to
          -Greet each day with love in my heart.
          -Live my life without regret.
          -Set and achieve attainable goals

I’ll take time to
               -Love fiercely
               -Live on purpose
               -Appreciate common acts

I’ll take time to
                    -Do good deeds
                    -Model excellence
                    -Think of others first

And the biggest one of all -

I will think of future generations
and how my actions will impact them.
P Michael Biggs
A Moment of Hope
One Moment at a Time

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tell Yourself the Truth

Tell Yourself the Truth
38 secs.

We’ve been told a lot of stuff in our lifetime.  We’ve heard sermons, lectures, TV shows and wise ones tell us what we can or can’t do.

It’s time to tell yourself the truth

“You are better than you think.”
“You are smarter than you think.”
“You are more capable than you think.”
“You can do more than you ever believed you could.”

You are in charge.  You determine what gets through your belief system filters.  You determine when you hear the truth.” 

Repeat after me:
-I am significant.
   -I can think for myself.
      -I can do good work.
         -I can learn.
               -I am capable.

Like yourself.
Approve of YOU!

Now, pass this along to someone.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


51 Seconds

Seth Godin says: 
"What we want in a leader is someone who will listen."

We want to be listened to.

          Children want that from parents.
     Wives want that from husbands.
Parents want that from kids.


I bought a pair of shoes recently in Seattle.  The ad said $39.95 for a $100 pair of shoes.  Those were the shoes I asked for.

Why did that young clerk bring me two other pairs first?  After two attempts, I walked to the display and showed him the shoes I wanted.  Finally, success.  He brought and I bought.  End of story - except I still remember not being listened to and now I'm telling you my saga.

We honor when we listen.
We respect when we listen.
We learn when we listen.

Listen and learn.

What a novel concept.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Failure Has Value

Failure Has Value
( 48 Secs.)

I've written a bit about failure lately.  It’s not because I see myself as a failure.  Rather, everything I'm reading today says that to be successful one should double their failure rate.

So, with this spirit in mind, allow me to borrow from my new favorite author - Seth Godin and his book Tribes.

“The secret of being wrong isn't to avoid being wrong!
The secret is being willing to be wrong.
The secret is realizing that wrong isn't fatal.”

Seth continues. 

“The desire to fail on the way to reaching a bigger goal is the untold secret of success.”

He concludes with this.
“The secret of leadership is simple:  Do what you believe in.  Paint a picture of the future.  Go there.

“People will follow.”

Winston Churchill got it right. 

  “Failure is not fatal.”

P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Dipper and Bucket Revisited

The Dipper and the Bucket
54 sec.

Donald O. Clifton wrote a piece a few years ago called The Mystery of the Dipper in the Bucket.  It’s a wonderful essay.

The premise is this, in metaphor form:  “Picture every person you meet as having a dipper and a bucket in their possession.  Some people will use their dipper to add to other’s buckets.  Some will use it to take from someone’s bucket.”

I want to add-to your bucket.

Dippers who add-to say things like this:
“I love that tie you are wearing.”
“Hey, you tried your best.  Next time you’ll get it right.”

Dippers who take-away say this:
“You louse.  You spilled that milk-shake on your shirt.”
“Hey clumsy.  You tripped over that rock.”
“Who wrote that report?  Your four-year-old?”

See the difference? 

Add-to dippers add to one’s life.

Let’s be more of an add-to kind of person.

Let the take-away-dippers go play somewhere else.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time

Monday, June 11, 2012

How to Live

How to Live
47 seconds

The cover of this week’s Time Magazine caught my eye today.  It boldly proclaimed the headline “How to Die”.  Got my attention.  Yours too, probably.

Rather, let’s focus for 47 seconds on how to live.

1.       Eat to live rather than live to eat.
2.      Develop a healthy relationship with your medical professionals.  Pick well, visit them as needed, and develop a partnership.  They care and want to keep you around – if you show you too want to hang around.  Otherwise, they’ll just throw some pills your way and let you deal with your lot in life.
3.      Add some form of exercise to your routine every week. Books abound on how often, what types, etc.  Just do it!
4.      Laugh often.
5.      Love much.

I know much of this from personal experience.  I’m discovering now how important these factors can be.

Join me. 

It’s a great way to live.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time

Saturday, June 9, 2012


(36 sec.)

When you drive you get to make the decisions.

-Do I turn right or left?
          -Do I go fast or slow.
                    -Do I go here or there?


That’s the art of driving. 

Every bend in the road, every turn, every mile determines what you see and experience.  Are you driving well?

Are you going places or just sightseeing?

There are a dozen, maybe a thousand stops one could make along the way. 

Are they good places? 
Are they worth while? 
Will they get you where you need to go?

I think you’re smart enough to figure out this metaphor. 

                         Now be smart enough to make good choices.

Go good places.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time

Thursday, June 7, 2012

I Trust You

I Trust You
53 seconds

Trust is one of those HUGE words that we so want to see demonstrated today.  How many people fit into your TRUST box?

We want desperately to trust
 -Elected officials.     -Spiritual Leaders
   -Teachers                  -Parents
      -Kids                        -Store clerks
        -Banks                     -Internet experiences

Why do you trust the people you trust?

Chances are they have proven, 
at some point and on many occasions past, 
that they are – well, trustworthy.

Let’s review some synonyms for “trust”.
~Faith     ~Belief     ~Conviction     ~Reliance     ~Dependence

Good Words, all of them.
                                                Good attributes.             

It takes time to learn trust. 

It takes experience to learn trust.

It takes confidentiality to learn trust.

It takes consistency.

Let us become agents of trust for those on our path.  Build it one word, one experience, one day at a time.

Here – Here!

P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Big on the Inside

Big On the Inside
(A 36-sec read)

A man once took his young daughter to the carnival.  Once inside the gates, the young girl immediately ran to a food vendor and asked for cotton candy.  As the attendant handed her a huge ball of it, the father asked, “Sweetheart, are you sure you can eat all of that?”

“Don’t worry, Dad,” she answered, “I’m a lot bigger on the inside than on the outside.”

What a mouthful.  That’s what we need – people bigger on the inside.

That’s integrity.
     That’s righteous living.
          That’s living large.
               That’s living true blue.

How is your size – inside?

Are you big on the inside?

I hope so. 

That’s my goal too.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Conversations with Self

Conversations with Self

It’s the age old saying-“You become what you think about.”

What conversations are you having with yourself?  This is important.

Zig Ziglar says “Sometimes we suffer with stinking thinking.”  

Suggestion:  Choose a couple of strong and applicable aphorisms that you like and feed on them for a while. 

It’s a matter of reconditioning your mind. 

Repeat them. 
                         Believe them. 

And do this for as long as it takes.

Your inner voice is listening.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time