Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pretending


26 Seconds



Every little boy and girl plays Let’s Pretend.  And sometimes it continues into adult life. 

We pretend we don’t know certain facts or tendencies.

My long-time friend Harold once said to me: 

“What are you pretending 
not to know?”

Great question.  Had I listened to him back then I could have saved myself a lot of money and grief.  Thankfully, I saw the light and ended that relationship.


Are you pretending? 
Do you see the light?

What are you going to do about that?


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

Monday, February 25, 2013

Practice


25 Seconds



I once knew a marathon runner who never finished her races.  She never trained and never got better.

I knew a drummer who never made it out of his high school band.  He never went near the practice room and improved.

I knew a basketball all-star who got dropped by his college coach.  He never showed up and participated in the practice sessions.

We get better at what we practice

I write every day because I want to get better.
Great golfers hit golf balls every day because they want to get better.

Are you willing to practice whatever it is you want to do?



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

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Itch


32 Seconds


We build our lives, we plan, we go to that great university and get that coveted degree, we marry the perfect mate, or not, we get that perfect job, or not, and life increases to warp speed.

But the itch never goes away.

That ever present itch – it can drive us crazy.  It can keep us awake at night. 

Some itches are mild irritants.  Others are persistent.  They just never go away. 

Like the itch to …
 Go somewhere else
  Try something new
   Get a new job
    Get a degree
     Have babies
      Sing
       Write
        Create

Has the itch happened to you?

Some itches need scratching. 


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

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Are You Well-Traveled


(Somewhere around 59 seconds to read)


Are you well traveled? 

Take a mental break and read this, thanks to my Facebook friend Patti Burch. 


I have been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.

I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.

I have, however been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to some people I know.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore.

I have never been in Doubt. That's a sad place, and I try not to visit there.

I've been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.

Sometimes I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting older! :  


P Michael Biggs
Offering a Light Moment
One Moment at a Time

Monday, February 18, 2013

What Good Is Hope


25 seconds



Someone once put up a sign that said 


It may not be a strategy but hope often gets us out of bed each morning in search of our dreams.

With hope …

-We get back up to bat
     -We ask for the date
          -We write yet one more blog

-We sing one more song
     -We publish one more book
          -We call just to say “I love you”
 
-We go to work
-We talk things out
-We do life




Everything that is done in the world 
is done by hope
(Martin Luther)


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

Friday, February 15, 2013

Sports Teach


 20 Seconds

Have you ever considered the value of playing a team sport?

Look at this:

Playing a sport will …
-Teach you how to win honorably
- Teach you how to lose gracefully
-Teach you respect for authority
-Teach you to work with others
-Teach you to manage your time
-Teach you to stay out of trouble

And you may even learn to throw or catch.

(Borrowed from TWENTY THINGS A MOM SHOULD TELL HER SON)


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

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What Dreamers See


17 Seconds


What do dreamers see?

I think George Bernard Shaw got an A for this one.

“You see things and you say, 'Why?'
But I dream things that never were;
and I say, ‘Why not?’"

We live in an age of dreamers and entrepreneurs, yet there is still room for one more.

There is room for you.

What do you see?


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

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Pit Crew


22 seconds



In auto racing the win depends a lot on the pit crew. 

The pit crew does the work needed to get the car and driver back in action.

And so with us.

Who is your pit crew?

Who supports you?
   Who listens to you?
      Who feeds you?
         Who inspires you?
            Who monitors your vitals?
               Who teaches you?

Who gets you back on the road?

Give thanks to your pit crew today.


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

Friday, February 8, 2013

Creativity's Birthplace


31 Seconds

 Want to know where creativity is born?

It’s born in vulnerability. 

Vulnerability.

You faced the chance of being wrong, to be laughed at, to face ridicule, and to fall flat on your face simply because you dared to create.

You pressed publish
You built
You drew

You wrote
You sang
You spoke

You took a class
You asked for the interview
You submitted the documents

You stepped out, you created and you faced vulnerability.

Way to go!

I am so proud of you.


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

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Say "Yes"


34 seconds



“Yes” is a good word; actually it is a great word.

Yes opens doors.
     Yes causes things to grow.
          Yes teaches us new skills.

Is “yes” sometimes painful?

Yes. 

And look at what we learn from those experiences. 

Does “yes” sometimes lead to foolish things?

Yes. 

And look how we grow in spite of the foolishness.

Stephen Colbert gave a commencement address at Knox College in 2006.  In that speech he added this.

“As long as you have the strength, say ‘yes’.”

Cynics say no.

People of action say “Yes”.

And you get to decide all of the “yeses” in your life.


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

Monday, February 4, 2013

A Prayer for Off Days


33 seconds


Some days I need to pray a prayer like this one.  It is from Anne Lamott in her new book Help Thanks Wow.


Hi God
I am just a mess.
It is all hopeless.

What else is new?

I would be sick of me, if I were you,
But miraculously you are not.

I know I have no control over other people’s lives,
and I hate this. 

Yet I believe that if I accept this and surrender,
you will meet me wherever I am.

Wow.  Can this be true? 
If so, how is this afternoon – say two-ish?

Thank you in advance for your company … and
Blessings.

You have never once let me down.

Amen.

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

Friday, February 1, 2013

Following


23 Seconds

 I have a question for you and me.


Are the people we follow
going where we want to go?


I read between 25 & 50 books every year.  Where are they leading me?

I watch a few movies every year?  Where are they leading me?

Jim Rohn, motivational speaking giant, once said:  “We are the sum total of the five people we spend the most time with.” 

Where are your five people leading you? How are they influencing you?

A thought worth thinking about.


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