Friday, September 28, 2012

What Do You Pack


15 seconds


What do you pack to pursue a dream?

What do you leave behind?

Heavy thoughts
Important thoughts

Sorry.  If you are looking for answers here, you’ll have to look somewhere else.  Everybody has to figure this one out on their own.

But figure it out we will. 

Enjoy the journey.


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

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Top Five Blogs "Almost a Minute"



(Click on each of these links to read them)

1.  Sometimes We Just Have to Get Back Up
March 287, 2012  55 seconds

2.  What Could You Become
April 11, 2012  50 seconds

3.  Are You Listening
September 14, 2012  28 seconds

4.  How Can We?
April 4, 2012  40 seconds

5.  Learning After A Fall
May 21, 2012  50 seconds

Enjoy these at your leisure.


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


Some Advice



27 seconds

Need some timely advice?
I do too …

-Brush daily
-Eat your veggies
-Keep sugar grams low
-Count carbs

-Talk during meals
-Look in their eyes
-Hug your kids
-Kiss your spouse

-Read one biography per year
-Think for yourself
-Make good decisions

-Don’t go to the grocery store hungry
-Exercise twenty minutes
-Dance in the rain

-Vote
-Read something positive
-Laugh out loud

-Smile at a retail clerk
-Call an old friend
-Respect your medical team


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

Monday, September 24, 2012

Coach



Coach
40 seconds


Some coaches are great – others less so.

John Wooden, famed UCLA basketball coach was renowned in the world of coaching.  For one year everything he said was captured.  His average utterance lasted only four seconds. 

These word-bursts were mostly encouragement in nature, and sometimes critical reminders of the correct stance, posture, or simply to put more energy into the process. 

Coaches see the good and the bad and address both.

Coaching is not an eloquence contest.  It is about delivering useful information.

A coach is someone with whom you take a journey.  A coach carries you from one point to another – as in a carriage.

If you coach, coach well.

If you learn from a coach, listen and obey.


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

Friday, September 21, 2012

Lest We Forget


Lest We Forget.
September 20, 2012
25 Seconds

Our friend Desiree sent this quote a while back.  It is valid.

“Sometimes the only way out is through.”

We all want to short circuit problems, troubles, heartaches.  But sometimes we have to go through them. 

And after you go through those hard places …?

Remember what you just went through.

Remember so you can avoid the pitfalls and heartaches the next time around.

Troubles can be a good thing, after they are over.


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

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Persevere


35 seconds


In the book Unstoppable by Cynthia Kersey, we are told the story of a man who wanted to be an attorney.  He wanted to be an attorney so badly that he really went after this goal.

He took the bar exam forty-eight times.

Forty-eight!!!

That is amazing!

He spent $50,000 in testing fees.
     He spent 144 days in testing rooms.

He passed the bar exam.

I love that!

He passed.

     He persevered.

          He WON!

That is perseverance. 

What is perseverance?
  -Resolve
  -Determination
  -Insistence
  -Urgency

I like perseverance.



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

Monday, September 17, 2012

We Get Back Up



39 seconds

I love the little book Jonathan Livingston Seagull.  Here is a small excerpt.

Jonathan is learning to fly and wants to try new things.  He has crashed and burned on numerous occasions.

… “But he got back up into the air and flew again, farther and faster than before.”

There is life after a falter. 

Ice skaters sometimes fall down, but they get back up.


Gabby Douglas, one of our Olympic gymnastic stars, fell off the balance beam during the final stages of her Olympic competition, and she got back up and finished her routine.

That is what we do.

We get back up. 
We try once again.



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

Friday, September 14, 2012

Are You Listening



28 seconds

We listen, but do we always hear?  My wife would be poking me in the ribs about now if she was near.  Too many times have I been listening with half an ear, and when she catches me, I’m embarrassed.

In the book The Go-Giver, Bob Burg and John David Mann use this line.  A wife is speaking: 

“I can’t remember ever feeling so … so listened to.  So heard.” 

I love that.  Don’t we all? 

It’s called Attention ...
                               Respect ...
                                           Engagement ...

I want to be listened to - heard - when conversing.


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

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

What's On-Tap?


30 seconds

Whatever is on-tap is often the recommended choice when asked, and it is offered frequently.

So, what’s on tap with you?

Do you pour a mug of good things, or do you give a bag of bad attitude, soak your rim in rudeness, or insist on insincerity?

We love respect, appreciation, and kindness, but do we offer these on-tap to every person we meet?

What’s on-tap is the same as saying “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Amazing axiom to live by, wouldn’t you say?


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

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Power of Words Revisited



The Power of Words Revisited
31 seconds

What is in a word?

One word, just one well-timed, well-said word can do a tremendous amount of good in our world.

Consider this …


Words Bring …
  Hope
    Healing
      Inspiration
        Renewal
        Refreshment
        Instruction
      Guidance
    Correction
  Direction

I wonder … who will I meet today and tomorrow and what words might I say to make their life brighter, more encouraged, or that will change their path in a good direction?

I’m open to that.  Will you join me?


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

Friday, September 7, 2012

Seven-Billion People and Me



Seven-Billion People and Me
35 seconds

There are slightly over seven-billion people on the face of the earth today.

Seven Billion

Yikes.

Be amazed.

We are all different.
    -Different DNA
      -Different fingerprints
        -Different voice prints
          -Different foot prints

We are all created individuals, breathing the same air, holding onto similar dreams for basic needs, wants, and desires.

And we are different.

Yet in our differences, we are brothers and sisters, sharing the world and working out our daily existence.

Want to know the most amazing fact of all?

God knows each one of us by name, and He has his eye on us.

Amazing!


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

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Keep Finding Yourself


Keep Finding Yourself
September 4, 2012
45 seconds

There comes a time in every student’s life when the teacher has to free the student to find his/her own north star.

In the book Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach, Jonathan has matured and is now an instructor.  His words to his protégé speak volumes to all of us in pursuit of our dreams and ourselves.


“You don’t need me any longer. You need to keep finding yourself, a little more each day - that real, unlimited Fletcher Seagull. He’s your instructor.  You need to understand him and to practice him.”


Wow!

Love that …

“Understand him”

                            “Practice him.” 

This is a must-do!

Point made.

End of the lesson for today. 


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

Monday, September 3, 2012

A Leap of Faith





A Leap of Faith
40 seconds


Ideas take us places.  But sometimes, to get there, we have to take a leap.

Sometimes the only
transportation is a
leap of faith.


A leap of faith …

How bold
               How daring

I’ve made a few leaps in my life.  They’ve scared the pants off me, but I’ve made them.  I’ve made it through, and you stand a great chance of making it through after your leap. 

Be sure to look before you leap.  If the path is reasonably clear, make the leap.  No promises for how or where you’ll land, but you will be better for the journey.

There are few sure bets in life. 

Sometimes, we just have to leap to see what might have been.

Happy landing!


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