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One Grateful Expression

Updated on July 21, 2013

What Comes Out Is What's Inside

One of the incredibly satisfying opportunities about writing, for me, is being able to express myself, whether here at Hub Pages or in any number of a thousand different venues. When I began this hub I contended with the idea of censorship, of myself and editorially. That thought didn't last long because it didn't serve the purpose for which I want to write. My purpose is simply to contribute to this community in which I live and work; to encourage each person I can touch, who will permit me to reach into their lives momentarily, by reading what I write and ask them to spend one instant in peaceful solitude surveying the beauty that is all around and within them...and to say - I am grateful for you!

Love Is All Around Us


Overflowing Gratefullness

Brother David Steindl-Rast has poignantly said "Open your eyes and be surprised that you have eyes to open." What a remarkable phrase, and it fits here because there is a whole world of wonders to see and be grateful for if only we will open our eyes to them. This patch of beautifully green, heart shaped moss on the forest floor will go unnoticed by so many, except those who are open to its existence.

Such is the case for this community of wide-eyed and starry-eyed people enjoying the art of writing here on Hub Pages. One of the things I have enjoyed most about hub pages is not only the quality of writing, but the quality of the writers. You can always tell when your work is appreciated. Comments flow and they're sincere. I relish reading here just for that reason. I expect to read something good about someone and or their work.

It is I who has been drawn, like a moth into the flame, to see what all of the excitement is about. It isn't about money. For most of us, even with the best intentions, this generally will not support our families, yet! However, how many writers and wanna-be writers like me, come daily to express their innermost passions?

The Value of an Honest Thank You

I'm not sure how many Hub Pages authors will actually read this, but it doesn't really matter. As with the hubs I write, it's about writing. Yet, as good as it feels to write, I cannot adequately describe the joy I feel when there is a connection to another writer, or when I realize that someone else feels as I do about a specific subject or one or more peers comments on our work to lift and encourage us to continue.

To each writer on this site, to the staff, to the veterans and to the novices I say, write, write, write and write some more. Fill your head and your heart with gratitude for the ability and desire to communicate to the world, or even just one part of it, through the written word. Thank you for your creativity, for your imaginations and ingenuity. Thank you for your wordsmith, for caring about each other and for the honest comments and accolades that encourage the soul of each contributor, old or new, who dares to go beyond his or her comfort zone just to experience the world of self expression.

I am inspired by each of you, even the authors I have yet to read. Even they inspire me as I know they are here too, to experience the exhilaration of being what we were meant to be and do at this point in time.

Congratulations and again, thank you for allowing your presence to overflow into gratefulness and for being a part of my experience here at Hub Pages!

I'll leave you with a quote from Winston Churchill, he said, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."


Bruce (Born2care2001)

A World Full of Opportunities

I am always grateful for your comments

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    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      You are very welcome whonunuwho!

      It is often my greatest pleasure. When I write from an overflowing heart I am sharing that part of me that is appreciation for our connection to each other. Thank you for the time you've given to me and to your other readers and followers, and to the hubpages community. We are truly one!



    • whonunuwho profile image


      6 years ago from United States

      Your work is wonderful and full of expression and genuine caring. Thank you for sharing this with all who read.

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      7 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank you Billy,

      I am grateful for the time you gave in reading this hub. We are connected and nothing honors me more than to walk with a man who has awakened to see himself.

      I beg of you to continue to tell your story to young men as you walk with them. It's not that we are trying to change them, it's that we are sharing oh so valuable information that may help them understand themselves a little bit better.

      The signature on my email says,

      Your greatest discovery is finding yourself.

      Your greatest investment is of yourself in others.

      The reward is sure. As always, the decision to seek it is yours!

      Thanks for being a part of my world and our writing community. I learned a valuable lesson from you!



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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautifully written and your sincerity shines through. I am honored to share this journey with you.

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      7 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank you very much Katrine and welcome to our community here at Hub Pages. I look forward to reading more of your work and if I can be of any assistance, please ask, as this is a community which encourages!

      Peace be with you!

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      7 years ago

      Voted up and awesome! Keep up the great work :-)

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      7 years ago from Universe

      Thanks alot. I love reading the hubs about life lessons and experiences. That's why I am here and still working without income, Because I have got very good friends here. It's a very safe place to share our sorrows and experiences :)

      Thanks for writing such a beautiful hub for us.



      GOD bless you.

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      7 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank you Infoforum, for your kind and gracious comments!

      I wish I could say I've always been this way but alas, that would not be true. I can say though, in the words of Cherie Carter-Scott, "There are no mistakes, only lessons."

      We share a common bond here on hub pages. Many of are chasing the same know ourselves more fully.

      I am grateful for your part in that experience with me!

      Keep on writing and thank you for being who you are!

    • infoforum profile image


      7 years ago from Universe

      you seem really born 2 care! I love the way u expressed ur feelings. And one thing that made me respect u is ur humbleness! Thanks

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      7 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi Perspycacious!

      You would wonder how we couldn't be grateful but it happens every day! I was one who "forgot" where I came from and that all I have can be taken away at any time. Actually, I did lose everything, except my life and that is when I began to realize how important just our breath can be! Thank you sir, for being a part of our very unique community!

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      Demas W Jasper 

      7 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      How can we not be grateful. The rest is what we do with what we have been given. Thanks for taking the time to write on HubPages.

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      Saadia A 

      7 years ago

      Hi Bruce,

      This is a one great way of a grateful expression.I really agree with your sentiments here.HubPages has truly helped us discover each other,great writers with very enlightening thoughts,a very cooperative community and above all its the pleasure of knowing that many writers here feel the same way as you do.You share and learn both together at one single place.

      Thank you for your such a well expressed Hub.

      Voted up,awesome and beautiful!!!

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      7 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi Dee,

      Your mother was a wise woman! Perhaps you should partner with a marketing guru to expand your concept of an "Inspiration Button." Wow! How powerful would that be? We might say, "you want to work for world peace?" (press this button) and poof, you're inspired to take the actions necessary to provide world peace!

      Ok, so I get carried away sometimes.

      Thank you Dee! It is a two way street!



    • Dee aka Nonna profile image

      Dee aka Nonna 

      7 years ago

      I love the way you began this "What comes out is what's inside". I grew up with my mother saying to us "garbage in, garbage out". Anytime we would say something negative or "unlady like" she would remind us that we should not act in such a matter. Joy, peace, connection, innermost passion, gratefulness, lift and have brought all of this to me with this awesome hub. Voted up, awesome, beautiful and again inspiring, if there were such a button.

      Thank you for sharing.


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