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A Child Named Hope: A Moment with Bill Reflection

Updated on September 23, 2014

From My First Novel, the 12/59 Shuttle from Yesterday to Today

This creative writing exercise, and social statement, begins with the last paragraph from my very first novel. I then added to the story for your enjoyment and enlightenment. I hope you enjoy.

“And we are not depressed. We never underestimate the power that a small group of determined people can have. I now see the whole board and I now understand that love can alter reality. Sheila took me on another future vision and we saw our daughter, Astarte, give birth to her first child, twenty years in the future.

Our grandchild’s name will be......Hope!”

The story continues.......

And the child was born, and as she grew it became apparent that this was a special child. Her golden hair reflected sunlight on sunny days, and during the gloom of winter she seemed to absorb the darkness, so that those in her proximity felt warmth where there was cold.

By the time she was eight she was sought by millions, all longing to be near her, to touch her, to bask in her peacefulness, and to hear her words. Every week, every Saturday, in a field of lavender, she met with those who had come from distant shores, and she answered their questions with patience, and with love.

A child named Hope
A child named Hope | Source
Which color is most important?
Which color is most important? | Source

COLORS

“Hope, please tell us, how do you feel about the issue of color?”

She smiled that smile, the one that exuded wisdom, cast light upon ignorance, and fed the souls of the lost and forlorn, and when she spoke, it was with the force of a thousand atomic bombs wrapped in cotton, power veiled in peacefulness.

“The rainbow is a purely democratic wonder of Nature, is it not? The blues, the yellows, reds and greens, all individual for sure, and all beautiful in their own right, but fully aware, as only Nature can be, that the world does not function or flourish because of one entity. The world is composed of billions upon billions of cells, all functioning in harmony, so that the blues need the whites, the greens need the reds, and when there is coordination of these talents, wondrous things can, and do, happen.

“Colors are majestic for sure. White, black, brown, yellow, each unique, each worthy of respect, and each sorely needing each other so that the entire spectrum of color will be on display in the future. Take all black from us and the beauty is lost. Eliminate white and the brilliance of the other colors fade. It is only in the perfect, and sublime, blending of colors that true beauty can be found.”

A hand rose from the back of the crowd. “Surely, Hope, the world needs white more than black. Any fool can see that black is darkness, and white is illumination. How can you say that black needs white and white, black?”

Hope left the stage and walked to the rear of the crowd. Standing before the last questioner, she placed her hand on his forehead and asked him what he saw. Those who were there gasped, for Hope changed colors before them, from black to white, from yellow to brown, and then the colors combined and a rainbow rose above the child. She then spoke:

“Do not speak any longer about black or white. Speak in terms of unity. Only then will we all find the true beauty that is within us all.”

Which religion is the true religion?
Which religion is the true religion? | Source

RELIGION

The crowd was stunned, and quiet descended upon them. Minutes passed as the child called Hope made her way back to the stage. Finally, a teenager raised her hand and asked the next question.

“I am confused, Hope, about religion. I want to believe as others do, but I find fault in them all. Some pray for peace and then bomb other countries. Some claim they are the true religion, although they pray to the same god as others. Some behead people in the name of god, but how can that be? Some pray with the Bible, while others embrace the Quran. How am I to know? How can I decide which religion is the true religion? If one is true, does that mean eternal damnation for anyone not believing?”

Hope reached for a glass of water, for her thirst was never-ending. She spread her arms wide and levitated from the stage. Thousands gasped in unison, and many in the crowd fell to their knees; still others cowered in fear, so great was their confusion. She rose to a height of ten feet or so, and floated from the stage to a spot midway in the crowd.

“You are all shocked. You avert your eyes, and you ask yourselves how can this be? How can a child defy gravity and reject the laws of science? It is a miracle, surely, you think, while others are now convinced that witchcraft and evil are among you. Am I a god, or am I evil?

“I am neither my friends. I am an eight-year old child, unrestrained by the crippling dogma that binds you. I do not care about Catholicism or evangelical rantings. I have no interest in Judaism or Hinduism. Those are for others to concern themselves with, those who are only interested in being members of the self-proclaimed ‘chosen few.’

“I am only interested in goodness. I look in a man’s eyes and I see either compassion or selfishness. That is the religion I am interested in, the core of a human being. Do not bother me with the teachings of other men, for men are fallible. Show me, with your actions, that you believe in love. If you do that, then I will sign up for your religion, and yours, and yours and yours and yours.

“Love is my religion, and it should be yours as well.”

A world without evil...is it possible?
A world without evil...is it possible? | Source

EVIL

An old woman approached the stage after Hope had returned. She climbed the stairs and, unbidden, walked across the stage and stood in front of the child.

“Forgive me, child, but I must be heard. I have been many years upon this planet, and I have seen atrocities perpetrated by mankind upon mankind, and I would like to hear your thoughts about evil. Do you believe it exists? Will it always exist?”

For the first time that morning, sadness crept across the child’s face, and the sadness was like a disease, infecting all in the crowd, a physical presence that threatened to obliterate all goodness in the immediate area….but then Hope stood strong¸ her smile returned, and a collective sigh came from the crowd.

“Do I believe evil exists? Yes! Will it always exist? That depends. Allow me to explain.

“I believe evil walks among us. No, I am not speaking of the deranged serial killers who rape and pillage because a voice within them forces them to do so. I am not speaking of the crazed dictators who think nothing of slaughtering millions in the name of ethnic cleansing, or whatever other fabricated excuse they have for their actions of greed and power.

“I am speaking of the evil that is in us all. Right this very moment, a husband is striking his wife. Right this very moment, a child is sold to a sex-trafficker. Right this very moment, a child is abused by a relative, a homeless veteran is kicked and scorned by passersby, and people are ridiculed because of their sexual orientation. As I speak, thousands know the pain of the whip as modern slavery continues unimpeded. As I speak, animals are killed for profit, to the point of extinction, and the natural balance of this planet is threatened by corporations in need of a better bottom line for their investors.

“Wherever prejudice exists, so does evil. Wherever apathy exists, so does evil. Wherever intolerance and hatred exist, you can count on evil being close by.

“Will evil always exist? That, my friends, depends on you and your actions.

“I Hope you choose wisely.”

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Chuckandus. I appreciate that very much.

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      Nichol marie 2 years ago from The Country-Side

      I loved this hub it was so creative and well written,

      Voted up!!#

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Irish. I'm going to send her your way for a sit-down chat. :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 2 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Bill,

      You were spot on . . . I LOVED this. What a wise child and so thought provoking , great job my friend. XX

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Elsie, and thank you for reading about Hope.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      A wonderful story thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you klidstone. I appreciate those nice words.

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 2 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      A beautiful message we should all inspire to. Wonderfully written, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Social thoughts, thank you so much. There is poetry inside of me, but it leaks out in prose. :)

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      A lovely hub, my friend. I really enjoy the symbolism of the child. You're so poetic when you write!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, you and I both understand the reality of that statement...now we have to convince others of it.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This is not just a notion, it is reality. The sooner that we believe this story, the better off this world will be. Without as uniting as a people, the world is lost.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Suzette. Inspirational is what I was shooting for.

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Out of the mouth of babes! Hope is truly a prophet and speaks wise words. This is quite an inspirational read!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you so much, Iris! That is a lovely compliment to start my day with. :) Have a wonderful Friday.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Alicia. This one was special to me.

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Bill, you have an ability to make a point in such an artful way. This is inspirational and also an excellent example for those of us who are trying to find our voice and who hope to be powerful, influential voices for positive change. This was a wonderful way to start my day. All the best!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an excellent and very beautiful piece of writing, Bill. Thanks for sharing the story.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thank you Vellur! I'm glad you enjoyed this one. Makes me feel good.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Beautiful! She is truly a brilliant child with a golden heart and wisdom beyond her age. You have brought her alive with vibrant colors through your story. Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, good cooking and healthy living will get you far in this life...as will love.

      Sleep well my friend, and thank you.

      God bless you as well.

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Oh Bill , what a privilege to ' coup d'oeil' into your soul (from my gradient of savvy.) As if looking into reversible mirror concerning religion. Hope has given very clear indication: all religions are man-made -unreliable … (Except mine; mine is good cooking and healthy living. )

      Hope have assured us in never-ending hope because has been firmly anchored in Love.

      Voted up and interesting.

      Good night my friend and may God bless you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok...I kind of liked this one myself. :)

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Amazing article, Bill! Thanks for sharing this wonderful wisdom!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I believe we would, Denise. Thank you. I'm so happy you enjoyed this.

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Wow! What a viewpoint on life and its simplicity from the eyes of a child! We would all do well to take to heart this message!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ChitrangadaSharan, thank you so much, and humanity is a good religion for sure.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is truly beautiful!

      Thank you for sharing 'Hope' with the readers. And I think true religion is 'Humanity.'

      Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I believe that, Dianna, but we need everyone on board with the unity program. :) Thanks for being a charter member, my friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      “Do not speak any longer about black or white. Speak in terms of unity. Only then will we all find the true beauty that is within us all.”

      What a beautiful way to say it! Unity is what will bring peace to our world and resulting hope.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      K. Burns, thank you very much. I'm really glad you enjoyed this.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      m abdullah javed, all excellent thoughts my friend. The internal battle continues for us all, as it has since the beginning of time. If we are aware...if we are willing...then there will always be hope for humanity.

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      Kristen Burns-Darling 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      What a beautifully written lesson of inspiration and hope that you have written. Voted up, useful, interesting, and awesome.

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      muhammad abdullah javed 2 years ago

      Bill Sir, thank you so much. I really enjoyed a thrilling question answer session with an eight year old wonder. May God make her comfort of our eyes.

      Colors, Religion and Evil, the concepts elaborated are as varied and unique as the issues in focus itself.

      I would like to share a few thoughts with you Sir, I wonder how a person follows a religion and behaves like a cruel beast? It is as if a horse with cradle is out of control, a nutritous food has become poison, a pleasant smell appearing to be unpleasant one? Why this contrast and disparity? I think this needs to be delve analytically and objectively.

      I think the next issue about an evil explain this angle. Yes you are right we have an evil inside, rather it exists beside virtue. When a person fails to recognise one the second emerge which gets reflected with an attitude, if a virtue like love is supressed hatred emerges with diverge attitudes. Similar are the cases of other behavior that you have mentioned child abuse, sex trafficking, domestic violence, what not?

      The life seems to be a struggle within, the struggle between virtues and vices. The winner is one whose inside struggle is decisive in the sense virtue conquers the evil. If not, hatred, intolerance etc ride over one's thinking.

      Let us HOPE the COLORS of Divinity will define the spirit of our RELIGION which in turn help us eradicate EVIL and enjoin good.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Sis, thank you! Now I have to find a way to make this talent, whatever it is, profitable. :) In the meantime, I am grateful for friends like you who are as real as anyone living nearby me.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      You ALWAYS reach this reader......even when she gabs on for hours. It's just that so much of your writing takes my breath away. Too late now, buddy......but Jim may have paid you handsomely for that talent!!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amen, Sis, and thank you so much. When you write this little I feel like I really reached you. :)

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Bro....This is masterful...."The Religion of Love."......amazing. Amen

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      SheGetsCreative, I appreciate you stopping by to read my vision of hope...thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, I have a poet's heart. How's that? :) Seriously, thank you. I love writing like this. I really need to do more of it. And I, too, wish this would inspire others to live a life of love.

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      Angela F 2 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Beautiful piece Bill. Thanks for sharing a little Hope with all of us. :)

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Hey Bro.

      You're stealing my thunder. Get off my platform (smile)

      Seriously Bro, I am very proud of you for writing this piece. Naturally you do stuff that are excellent, yes, but I love the angle in this one. It's kinda 'right up my street' so to speak. Beautifully written and full of poetry. Why say that you're not a poet. I have always maintained that all good writers are also poets. Re-read this piece: "

      "And the child was born, and as she grew it became apparent that this was a special child. Her golden hair reflected sunlight on sunny days, and during the gloom of winter she seemed to absorb the darkness, so that those in her proximity felt warmth where there was cold.

      By the time she was eight she was sought by millions, all longing to be near her, to touch her, to bask in her peacefulness, and to hear her words. Every week, every Saturday, in a field of lavender, she met with those who had come from distant shores, and she answered their questions with patience, and with love." Beauty immaculate.

      Your vision and message is way ahead! How I wish it would inspire and help us all. God bless your loving heart, Bro. Peace.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much supremeupbeat k.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, if there is a way to make a living doing this type of writing, I haven't found it yet...but I'm going to keep doing it.

      Thank you dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And I thank you, Kim! :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Samuel, and I totally agree...human beings have a huge capacity for goodness and kindness.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, thank you for the reference. I'll check out that book...and thank you for the kind words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Frank. I wanted a message of optimism, so I'm glad you saw that.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, thank you...I'm so happy you enjoyed this, and thank you for your reflections on it.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      cheeluarv, thank you very much. This is the type of writing I love. Unfortunately, it doesn't sell very well, but I still love it. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      CrisSp, thank you so much dear friend. This one was special to me, and it's nice that others found it to be the same.

      hugs from Oly

      bill

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      Mahadeb Kar 2 years ago from Somewhere in India

      so humane

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      You can't make a living writing like this? Its simply amazing. What a magnificent little girl with such depth of knowledge. Hmm, could her knowledge come from you the wonderful author? Great writing and more than just interesting, it has the power to draw us in. I'd read it again and again!

      Voted all but funny, shared and pinned.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Lovely Bill. Thank You.

      Kim

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      samuel hodges 2 years ago from Winston-Salem NC

      You know, Bill. Whenever people do bad things. It is said, It's in human nature. But point being made. Goodness is also in human nature. Great message and food for thought.

      Thanks for sharing. Good job.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Incredible story Bill with some very important messages. This so reminds me of a book I have called "Mr God, This is Anna" by Sydney Hopkins.

      It isn't the same but the similarity is the lessons we can learn from a child who in their innocence is wiser than the general population.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mister_God,_This_Is_A...

      Thank you for sharing this addition to your first novel.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      what a reflection... optimistic attitude of mind based on an expectation... amazing how simple life could and should be .. there is a realistic sense of optimism here like the engine that could... voted awesome

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      How lovely Billy and how simple life could be, if we just saw it through the eyes of a child, especially this little girl and the one you used to describe this story is positively angelic. A delicious read, thank you very much.

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      cheeluarv 2 years ago from INDIA

      Excellent writing,and great article with wonderful thought. How beautifully you have transported your thoughts on religion(it is bit like my way of seeing people through their goodness not by religion or birth)and reached reader's mind with your expectation on future through hope. The picture is apt and the girl looks really angelic.The story is drafted so beautifully I am able to visualize and sense it .billy buc no doubt you are a great writer. Shared and pinned up.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      What a brilliant piece conveying powerful message of hope thru Hope done in a very creative way.

      Pouring wisdom in here. Very insightful and the most meaningful of all-the power of love specially when everyone is consumed by panic and confusion caused by greed.

      Now, I'm contemplating. :) Nevertheless, I'm here to send you some love from the sky.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Randi, thank you for hanging in there and returning. That is quite a complement. :)

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      What a great story, great sentiments. I started to read it this morning before work, only realized that I needed more time to absorb and enjoy it. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You're just saying that because of Skylar's picture. :)

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      Liz Davis 2 years ago from Hudson, FL

      This is beautiful, Billy. So thought-provoking.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Carb, for the kind words and for your interpretation and reflections. I'm so happy that you enjoyed this.

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, this is so beautiful. Many people refer to the Bible verse "and a little child will lead them" (Isaiah 11:6), thinking that is means that children are more wise than adults because they have a simple faith. This passage is actually a discussion of the Day of the Lord. This is the day that Christians look forward to when Jesus Christ will remove the curse of sin from our world and restore peace to all of creation. As a result of this peace, wolf, lion, lamb, cobra, calf, bear, and children will all live in harmony. A child will be able to lead a lion (or a wolf, etc.) around without fear of harm. Your little child does not possess a wisdom beyond what adults know, but I feel she is revealing the harmony all of us will recognize when we are finally at our Heavenly home.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, I do seem to have a fixation on lavender, don't I? LOL As a matter of fact, it has already found its way into the new novel. Imagine that! LOL

      Thank you dear friend. I hope this finds you well and happy.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      This is beautiful, Bill. It makes us all think a little harder about our attitude about things that happen in life. And, speaking of colors, I have come to enjoy the reference to "lavender" in your novels. Will there be a mention of lavender in you newest novel, too?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I'll take an awesome from you any day and twice on Sunday. Thank you so much. I must still believe it because I keep writing about it. :)

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      That is awesome, Bill, and I give very few awesomes because most of the time we write mediocre thoughts in a grand manner. The child, Hope, sounds like a crystal child. The crystal children surpass even the Indigo children in ability. Jesus was a crystal child and we know what was written that he could do. Some day Hope will be a reality, and your story will come true. Believe it! Love and light.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, I'll never understand it. I've been around a long time, and the sense in that nonsense escapes me. Thanks for being here and sharing your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Rhonda. I'm afraid this one will have to wait until I finish my current novel...maybe January I'll be able to start in on it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Jo. I hope you follow up on your idea about the indigo children. I look forward to reading it.

      blessings always my friend

      bill

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      sheilamyers 2 years ago

      This is great wisdom wrapped in the form of a story. There is so much we can learn from every person on this planet and it's a shame so many people choose to ignore that fact and end up hating others based on some little facet of their entire being.

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      Rhonda Lytle 2 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      This lends credence to the phrase out of the mouths of babes. I'm eagerly awaiting more.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, beautifully done! It's kinda like an idea I had for a story after reading about some special children known as the 'indigo children' my idea was rather vague but I really like what you've done with this. Just imagine, a single religion based on love, simple but so very powerful.

      My best always.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Dora. I'm glad you enjoyed this so much. She is a special child for sure.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Simply yet brilliantly beautiful! You created a really special child, gifted with wisdom which both the young and the old long for. I'll have to read the whole thing!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rachael, I do believe you've given me my marching orders. :) I have to finish my current novel, and then this one will get priority. I'll start in on it probably in January. Thanks for the encouragement.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby. I'm pretty darned glad I'm here as well. I always appreciate your support my friend.

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      Echoes of Vonnegut for sure. I'd like to see this how this reads when it grows up. I'm sure it will esp when you figure out that it is important enough to make time for it to the detriment of other works. That's how we get things written,.. prioritizing which work beckons us the most and then we do it.

      So go do it.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Talk about visual, I saw Hope as she stood before the crowd. I saw her levitate. A beautiful story, so true. Only when we as a people learn to love and honor others, will we be whole. A true piece of creative writing, ' Atomic bombs wrapped in cotton. ' I am so glad you are here on HP. Thank you so much..

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Dim. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much. Peace and blessings my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have read Vonnegut, goatfury...good call there.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 2 years ago from Great Britain

      What an overwhelming , powerful hub!!!!. Absolutely loved it and all the truth that was in it.

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      Andrew Smith 2 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Interesting concept, working backwards like that. Have you read much Vonnegut? I like how he, too, plays with time.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Bill! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Nicely done. Thanks for sharing. ;-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Peggy! She is a special child for sure, the best part of this writer's brain and heart. :)

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What a wise child you portrayed in this fantastic hub of yours which I also voted beautiful. If only all people thought as this child we would have a much more beautiful world in which to live. Love is truly the answer! Sharing!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Jamie. I know it is.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Martie...it's kind of cool to be quoted. :) I appreciate you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Eric...thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE, and I certainly agree.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Love is my religion also. Bless you Bill. Jamie

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      A hub that gives wings to one's thoughts! What will happen if we all lose our hope that Good will prevail?

      This is awesome! - “I am only interested in goodness. I look in a man’s eyes and I see either compassion or selfishness. That is the religion I am interested in, the core of a human being. Do not bother me with the teachings of other men, for men are fallible. Show me, with your actions, that you believe in love. If you do that, then I will sign up for your religion, and yours, and yours and yours and yours. “Love is my religion, and it should be yours as well.”

      Voted up, useful and awesome :)

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for sharing your Hope with us.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The attitude of one can show hope or no hope. Your true words are enjoyed by all.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I can't even imagine what that world would look like, but I sure hope to see it one day. Thanks, buddy!

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      Mark G Weller 2 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Ah simple truth through the eyes of a child! Maybe we all need to consider ourselves children of the universe, rather than rulers of the world.