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A Human Being Being Human: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on November 22, 2013

A Simple Truth

There is no getting around it my friends. We are only human. As badly as we wish to soar with the gods, to flap wings with the heavenly hosts, to sing Hallelujah with the angels, we still rub shoulders with the basest of our nature on a daily basis. Suck in that truth; swirl it around in your mouth like some antiseptic and hope for good breath, but there will be times when our exhale will bring tears to the eyes of the strongest among us.

And what is so wrong with that? If we are to believe in a supreme being who created us in His image and likeness, then we are to believe that all things are as they were meant to be. Who are we to question God? Our job, then, is to continue the struggle, and though we can never attain the pinnacle of perfection, we can still fight the good fight, battle the invincible foe, and tilt the balance sheet in the favor of good.

This, then, is for all of you humans out there.

Sometimes I just can't see the light
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Blinded By the Light

I have eyes, but often I cannot see. I have these moments when clarity is my steady friend, 20/20 in vision and unfailing in judgment.

I also have moments when I can’t see the truth, shrouded as I am with ego and vanity, tossed and turned in a sea of pre-conceived notions that turn yellow to gray and red to white. No night-vision goggles for this man; toss darkness into the equation and I am blinded, lost and groping for a reference point from which I can make an intelligent decision.

On my best days I can see injustice. On my best days I can see compassion and empathy as surely as I can see the rising sun, and I can encircle those attributes and embrace them as one would a long-lost lover.

On my worst days I am self-centered and wrapped up in a cocoon of apathy. I see no one other than my own reflection, and on those worst days I do not enjoy the view.

I am a safe harbor on my good days
I am a safe harbor on my good days | Source

Standing Strong in Quicksand

There are days when I am steady and strong, a rock worthy of Gibralter, a safe harbor where all vessels are protected and secure.

There are days when my feet are made of clay, and standing strong simply is not in me. A mild breeze will topple me; a slight tremor leaves me in a crumbling pile of best-intentions.

Push me and I will not yield; strike me and I will not bleed….or….look upon me with disdain and I shrivel under your stare, or berate me and I revert back to the insecurities that defined a childhood.

Someone Stole the Playbook

The meanings are jumbled, tumbled, as we stumble, bumble our way, and teachings we learned, lessons we memorized and internalized, somehow get tossed in the raging seas of life, cresting with the waves, brief glimpses, only to sink into the troughs again, out of sight, out of mind, out of touch with that thing called reality.

Where do we turn when the directional signals have shorted out? Do we stop, do we go, do we pump the brakes and hope and pray and sink in quiet supplication to the unyielding force of nature and happenstance?

Or do we simply move forward, always forward, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, breech the walls, men, and push onward, for down the road there is a light, weak during these times of struggle but a light nonetheless, and steer towards it we must, for to do otherwise is to accept darkness as our guide and that simply will not do, will it?

Are you able to accept your human frailties?

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And so We Do What We Must

We laugh. We cry. We love always. We try to stay true to our highest calling, and we continually break free from our ugliness. Two sides of the same mirror, and each day we choose which reflection best represents us.

“Await your arrival with simple survival”

They say the road to hell, or is it heaven, is paved with good intentions, and I suspect that most of us have smooth blacktop to travel by, for who knowingly truly wants to cause harm? And yet harm we do cause. An unkind remark here, a shady business deal there, random acts of selfishness or uncaring, measured against the total journey seemingly meaningless and yet….and yet….how many tears caused is too many? How many promises broken swing the scale to the other side?

We awaken at night, cold with sweat, aware of mistakes made and intentions discarded, and we toss, we turn, unable to get comfortable in our own skin, and confessions are just so much malarkey without positive action to support them, so you take from Peter to pay Paul, borrow against the principle, and await a better day when your humanity will once again stand strong in the blackest of your soul’s night, when you can once again sleep through the night, secure in the virtue of a life well-lived.

It always comes down to love

Making a difference one person at a time; helping others to help themselves.
Making a difference one person at a time; helping others to help themselves. | Source

The Message Is Always There

Live as though you were another person. How would you act then if faced with their challenges? How would you want them to act? What you see they see, don’t you see? None of us are immune from the disease of being human, and none of us are immune from the glory of being human.

The message is clear. The message is eternal. Know your place in the grand scheme of life. Understand that you are not a celestial body around which all others orbit. You are but one of billions, vital in importance and yet insignificant. The higher you stand on that mountain of ego, the more dramatic the fall will be, and yet nobody deserves to be at the mountain base camp looking up.

Such is life. Such is this business of being human.

What is right? What is wrong? Is not “right” subjective? How do we decide and who chooses the universal correct path? Is there a purpose? Do we have a purpose? How in the name of all that is holy do we come to realize our purpose?

The answers will not be found in the latest regurgitated self-help book, for you see there is no instruction manual for life. It is a mystery at birth and a mystery at death and really, that’s the way it should be. As we wade through the mystery we do the best that we can. It will never be enough and it will always be enough, for perfection will always be just out of our grasp and really, now, perfection is greatly overrated.

What’s that you say? You feel cheated you say? You want an answer to the mystery you say?

Then I say alright. I say you deserve a hint, a tip, a push in the right direction as you swim upstream fighting the current. Here it is then; do with it as you will. From this moment on you will have all that you need to reach your destiny as an imperfect, perfect human being.

Do all things with love.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Making a difference one person at a time.”

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, the humility I have now was hard-earned. LOL Thank you. I'm heading over to Boomer Lake now.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Life didn't come with an owner's manual. We must do the best that we can with what we have, and hope for the best. Clarity can be reached, but only after we make a few mistakes. It tends to keep us humble...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy in answer to your question I would hate to find out. :) Thank you as always my poetic friend.

      love,

      billy

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      What indeed would life be without love !!Another gem from you my talented friend and here's to many many more. Voted up and wishing you a great day Billy.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Martie. I aim to please. :) I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Definitely: ".... move forward, always forward...."

      Sometimes easier said than done.

      Profound and thought-provoking hub, thank you, Billybuc :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dim, I am very happy if this hub helped you and others. I just try to see what is important in life; I leave the deeper thinking to others much more intelligent than I am. Thank you!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

      This has brought me to tears. You write with such clarity of truth.

      I read somewhere that modesty doesn't mean that you don't wear your skirt too short or your top too low.

      Modesty, it was said is recognising your own limitations.

      So there l was thinking l had to be perfect , yet knowing it is impossible in this life. So l was NOT modest.

      I try each day to recognise and accept my limitations. I am only human, why do I think I should do and say everything perfectly every day? Your hub was a great help. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, she was indeed a vixen....very appropriate I think. :) Have a great weekend Sis!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      "Delilah?" Wasn't she a VIXEN...or some such Temptress?? Oh, please say, "Yes!".......Since I reject the notion of coincidence, this is not "odd," to me at all....:)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, a lady bug named Delilah has a prominent role in my first novel. How odd that you chose that bug to represent you. Well, I'm glad you are comfy and cozy inside this old brain of mine. Stay awhile, Sis, and enjoy the ride.

      Wishing you a wonderful weekend dear friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, it does seem so simple, doesn't it? I wonder why some find it so hard to practice.

      My weekend will be fabulous and I hope yours is as well.

      bill

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      It's kind of fun, sitting on the ledge of your brain, bill....like a lady bug in the corner of a window sill. I feel safe and hidden, as I listen to the sounds of your thoughts.....'Shhhh! bill is writing again, Quiet! I want to hear this.'

      Hmmmm, very creative and philosophical.....it's about human beings...and life and mysteries. He's suggesting that people should live like they are someone else, in order to "feel" what they feel.......Wow, it's kind of spooky being human.

      Yeah, I like it here in my comfy spot in Billy's brain......and by the way, I'm glad I'm just a lady bug!........UP+++

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      'Do all things with love.' Such a simple but immensely powerful statement and a GREAT TRUTH! Thank you for reminding me, Bill. May your weekend be merry.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, I do believe that is a universal truth. :) Thanks!

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Humans will be humans.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Anna and I know it was. Life is just too short to play games. People have learned that they had better really want to know the answer if they ask me a question because I'm going to give them the unvarnished truth. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Indeed, Flourish. Thank you!

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      It was a big compliment. You always sound open, honest and there is definately no facade trying to mask anything underneath. You are the real deal. There is no time in my short trip for anything but genuine.

      You have a good weekend too :)

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Aww, bless Lucy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, thank you...honest tongue? I have never heard that phrase but I love it.

      I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Anna!

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      We can't buy time. We can't change the past. We can only try to accept and grow. There is only one outcome to life's fleeting journey and we have to make our time count.

      You parcel it up perfectly with your clever use of metaphors and honest tongue.

      At the end of the day only the inside has any worth and love is all we have.

      Nicely written.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dee, when I was growing up I just assumed everyone thought of these things. LOL Boy, was I ever in for a surprise.

      Thank you and once again I am happy that you are back and writing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, I suspect you are right about Lucy. She passed on a couple weeks ago; she was a good old girl and we miss her.

      Thank you as always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS. I can't really warm up to people who don't think of such things. Those surface thinkers who are only concerned with the latest sales and what is on tv.....not my kind of people.

      Blessings always....hugs always...and love my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Matt, I actually flipped on purpose but don't know if I like it that way. LOL You managed to find the one line I wasn't sure about...well done and it speaks of your poetic soul. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, the school of hard knocks was a great teacher although not always pleasant. :) Thank you and yes, love, there is nothing more to say.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, what a simply beautiful comment. Thank you dear lady. I think you are one hell of a writer and teacher in your own way...your voice is different than mine but still highly effective and welcoming.

      I am looking forward to travelling this road with you.

      love always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, thank you so very much. I wanted this memorable and it is nice to receive affirmation.

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      Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

      I read this twice. It has so much wisdom and just plain ole common sense. Thank you for caring enough to share you and your thoughts on the subject.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      The power of unconditional love is eternal. I like how you integrated, even fleetingly, mention of Lucy, Phil, and your other pets in the video. Did you know that Lucy's random chattering in the background were her attempts to interject that she also loves unconditionally?

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Many have accused me of 'over analyzing' everything. That I think too much about the whys and wherefores of life..and perhaps that is true. But I have considered and continue to consider such thoughts as these.

      We are after all only human so obvious but so complex.

      Doing it our way is key. There is no instruction book as you say. We have to make sense of this walk for ourselves.

      Your closing 'do all things with love' will empower each one of us who does so.

      Have a lovely day and know that right now as you read this Angels have arrived... ps

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      Matt Paris 4 years ago

      Wow this is some deep poetry. Did you mean the road to hell is paved with good intentions, or did you flip it to heaven on purpose?

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I learned through hard knocks that I was not the center of the universe. Ouch! Love covers a multitude of sins, lots of mine. Your video is inspiring and so motivating. Love, what more can we say?

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Bill ~

      Your writing is like a great symphony. Your words are musical instruments, combining perfect pitch with magnificent harmony. Each one taking their turn to enter at the proper time.

      I sat here, glued to your video and the message of love. (My favorite subject.)

      This hub is one which must be savored by the reader. Like a favorite song that is played again and again - the reader benefits with returning again and again. A giant reminder that we are human, mistakes will be made, forgiveness is ready and waiting.

      Oh, that this simple vocalcoach could one day be able to use words the way you do. I am a mere shadow of the writer I want to be.

      I follow your path on the road to excellence.

      Thank you dear Bill for teaching me with inspiration and clarity. Your love for others rings out loud and sincere.

      My love and appreciation for you is always from a special place in my heart. ~ Audrey

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a great piece of writing, Bill. "Do all things with love" - what a wonderful guideline for life! This is a hub that I will read multiple times and think about for a long time.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend....superb comment. My goodness, that was profound and left me speechless. Do not be insulted if I do not add to what you have written. I find your words to be perfect. Bravo!

      blessings always my good friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, for the life of me, I can't think of a thing. :) How did you become so wise at such a young age?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur. May you always fight the good fight and enjoy the journey.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, indeed, we make the most of the time we have, and to do less is simply beneath us and our purpose. I believe that....you believe that...now we need to go after some converts. :)

      blessings always my friend and thank you

      bill

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      Michael-Milec 4 years ago

      Good evening Bill.

      Uh… We have arrived, ( I am here ), presently on this planet having free will dealing with a simple truth, which isn't a simple anymore. On daily basis we're coping with your proposal "If we are to believe in a supreme being…' to which saying the same without "if" is creating our present division of accepting or rejecting who we are. Theories are and teaching pro and con,leaving us- everyone individually do discover or determine who I am and where have I come from we are divided … When I consider a Supreme being as God or reject that possibility absolutely nothing is changed,( only me ). The universe is established, and us, the human beings here as spirit, soul , living in the body believing or not, can't change this truth consequences. This is I who make the choice with outcome following. Down deep in my spirit I know right from wrong , so does my neighbor, how we deal with decision making, doing evil when inside of my spirit knowing otherwise- reflects on my soul and body performance. We are to guard our language, you are often suggesting to be positive; good seeds produce health and prosperity. .. (" as you sow, so shall you reap"; remains eternally a principle in this orbit ).Why unkind remark? Why a shady business deal? We are raising generation, which shall inherit what has been invested in a man, a nobleness, and dominion. Are we ? The original 'dominion" and power of ' subdue' has been give "us " back. Sure after suppressing my ego, I can start to "love" genuinely, instead of acting. What has happen to love ? A new comer has compassion on its abusive utilizing; All is "love": I love you, I love my cake, I love my dog … we love each other and out of love my wife and I have to divorce because we ran out of love ; while discovering elsewhere another form of "love." Observing in this culture the nature of LOVE is being wronged because of diverting from its origin. Love would never cause any wrong because love is the Gift of the best one desperately needs when not fully aware of what need is.

      Thus, from this point on, marching toward final destination " doing all with love" is having a seal of perfection when all we know what is right will every time turn into righteousness , impacting longer and beyond. (Eternity ?)

      Voted awesome and useful.

      Good night, my friend. Stay blessed.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      All you need is love, love, all you need is love. :)

      That's right. Without love and empathy, what is there to live for?

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub with many thoughts to ponder about. You have put it so well in these lines

      "Our job, then, is to continue the struggle, and though we can never attain the pinnacle of perfection, we can still fight the good fight, battle the invincible foe, and tilt the balance sheet in the favor of good."

      Another great write. Voted up.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, Dear Bill, we are all indeed human for sure! No matter ... come what may, we must always persevere. If we are still here, there is a good reason, and that reason is to love others, thereby glorifying Him, and then we will surely not look like the world looks, but our light will shine brightly and this world will be a little bit better because we were here for the short time are here.

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings and love to you and yours always,

      Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, you and I speak the same language. Love is the greatest gift I can give anyone, whether I know them or not. As long as I follow that belief I'll do okay for myself. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Everything you said rings true. I was struck by so much of it but I think the thing that struck most was "vital in importance and yet insignificant"...similar to what my mother used to say, "there is no one better than you, but, you aren't better than anyone else."

      We both know its all about love no matter where that love is directed we have to have and give that love!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Always a pleasure, whonu....thank you for stopping by and have a great Friday!

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Nice message my friend, and thanks for sharing it so well. whonu

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We are indeed, John. The day I came to the realization that I was never going to be perfect was a great day in my life. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Christy, a smile is often one of the best gifts we can give or receive. I was happy to oblige. Thank you so much for the gift in return.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kukata! It's all about perspective, isn't it? Today I choose to be happy; it's as simple as that.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, those damn vacuum cleaners and responsibilities. When will they ever give us a break, eh? LOL Thanks for taking the time to stop by dear friend.

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      A true reflection of life Bill. We are definitely imperfect human beings striving to be as perfect as we can.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I needed this one today. As you say, sometimes we are all put together and other days it's like our feet are in concrete... Oh dear... Stopping in for a drop of billybuc and leaving with a smile :)

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      Kukata Kali 4 years ago

      Great perspective!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Awesome message here, my friend. We can only do what we do, but we must give it our best shot. I don't mean to cut this short, but I'm way behind in reading and my vacuum cleaner just quit on me! Oh, well. No need to cry. Just do what I gotta do....

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joelle, I like that quote too. Thanks for sharing it and today I love being human. :)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I like this quote : "Don't let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your position gets shot down, your ego doesn't go with it."

      Colin Powell

      I think we have to accept that we are only human and try to do our best with what we have :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I am ecstatic to hear that you no longer make your bed right after leaving it. :) Seriously, I do that....and I'm not even close to perfect. :) Thank you my dear; I won't tell your son if you don't.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....Alan, thanks for the chuckle. No, it is not a confessional; just some creative license if you will....but thanks for the tips on survival. Always appreciated my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hell, Lizzy, you gotta leave that stuff in the trash. Today is all we have so make it perfect. :) You know that as well as I do.

      And you also know I appreciate you greatly.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Aha, perfection, how well i know that word. Perfection has been my partner all my life. Perfect home, perfect body, perfect family until one day it all comes tumbling down. I am now slowly learning that it's ok to not make your bed as soon as you get out of it. It's ok to make b's and c's on a report card, ( My son will love to hear this, Ha ) In other words, stopping to smell the roses is fun. There is no such thing as a perfect life, get used to it and be happy...Great topic!

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      Alan R Lancaster 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      ('Eave 'o me 'earties! 'Ere I am doin' me Charles Atlas again!)

      I'm not sure if this Hub is a confessional - in which case I'm not qualified to hear your case - or a groan.

      Either way, Bill, it's not characteristic of you, is it? Stiff upper lip, my boy. Stand fast - even when the ship goes down under you (you've got your Mae West, haven't you) - and count the bullets zipping past your ears. By the way, lie flat on your stomach if you're in quicksand, and 'paddle'. That'll get you out of a tight one.

      Next please!

      (Leave the door open on your way out, will you? That's a good boy!)

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Being human is hard! Too many shoulda coulda wouldas to count. Some minor, some substantial.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, that sounds marvelous. Have fun my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bobbi my friend, you are always so kind. Thank you. I like your phrase "the human zone." Love it!

      always,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      W1totalk, thank you and I hope you do....and I suspect that you will. If we want it we can have it.

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      My Thursday's fine, thanks. Settling down for the evening and then tomorrow one daughter plus nearly 3 year old granddaughter will be here - lots of love there and lots of fun - can't wait!

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi Bill,

      Profoundly rejuvenating---it is like a visit to the human zone. You are always great to read while I visualize the wheels turning in your brilliant mind.

      Thanks for visiting one of my blogs and your comment.

      Friend,

      Bobbi Purvis

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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      That is strength. I will continue to try obtain the strength you display in this piece. Thank you billybuc.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marilyn, I love that...head up, ego down, and spread the word. That is great...thank you and good afternoon to you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, you speak the truth my friend. My son is 29 and I'm still trying to figure out how to fix his problems...sigh! As you said, my only job is to love him; there are some things I simply cannot fix.

      Thanks as always for being here. You are a gem.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michael! Every once in awhile I write something I'm very pleased with; this was one of them. Enjoy your day my friend.

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      Marilyn L Davis 4 years ago from Georgia

      Good afternoon, Billy; thanks again for this reminder, " As we wade through the mystery we do the best that we can. It will never be enough and it will always be enough.....," Head up, ego down, and spread the word. ~Marilyn

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      DJ Anderson 4 years ago

      Super article, Bill.

      I'm pretty comfortable in my human skin.

      Not that I wouldn't want to change many things about my live and

      particularly the lives of my son and stepsons.

      Destiny has laid some pretty big stones in their pathways.

      It is hard to realize that we cannot fix our grown children's problems.

      I have to remind myself that all they need from me is love and emotional

      support.

      Thanks,

      DJ.

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      wow.. nice write Bill.. I will have to read this a few times just to remind me I am just a human being..!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Suzette! A lot of time I write pieces like this one to remind myself. :) I have a built-in forgetter and I need reminding from any possible source. :)

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      suzettenaples 4 years ago

      Another inspiring write, Bill. Some wise words here for us all. It is good to read this from time to time and put ourselves on our place. Thanks !

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy....you had me laughing about the masochist....thank you but no thank you! LOL

      Tough question yes....but man alive, I would rather ask them than live the way I once did.

      Thanks my friend. I hope your day is successful and rewarding. I sense that it will be.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, then my job is done. :) Thank you for great support and affirmation. Keep on keeping on my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, I had a mentor once who told me that I could make a typhoon out of a glass of water. I laugh when I think of that now, but back then it was true. I over-complicated life daily; today I have learned to relax and enjoy the moments.

      Thank you my friend; have a great day in Savannah.

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      Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "There are days when my feet are made of clay" - A good friend and philosophy professor of mine had that saying too: "Humans have clay feet." A wise man - he always said it as a matter of fact too and it always made me laugh. I look down: no clay. Hmm ... LOL

      "What is right? What is wrong? Is not “right” subjective?" - Ya, these questions are a bugger to try to decipher. You know how they say to do to others as You like to be done to yourself? Well, what if one is a masochist? I surely am not excited at the thought of whippings and such. So, yes do not do to me as You like to be done to yourself. Haha!

      Hard questions but sometimes the questions are more important than the answers. Thank You for putting this piece of writing together. Will share.

      All the very best!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I had the answer as soon as you asked it. The British Invasion and music has not been the same since.

      Like you, I am much more comfortable in my skin today than I was when I was younger. There really are benefits to this aging process, although in truth there are some aspects of it I am not real happy about. LOL

      Thank you my dear friend; I hope your Thursday is progressing nicely.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, if you liked it then I liked it. :) I am not being silly when I say that. There are times I will write a line and not be sure if I like it or not; those are the times I wait for feedback to determine whether it was worth writing...and I thank you for that feedback. :)

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Simply a fantastic read. Reminded me of One Tin Soldier. I feel better after having read it. Thanks.

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      Brian Prickril 4 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Bill, it took me a long time to learn about my ego and how to view others with love. I honestly spend time every day almost laughing at how insanely complicated things can be in this very human existence. I think if we can forgive ourselves and forgive others and learn to laugh at ourselves a little, then we'll be alright.

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      I love the line 'a slight tremor leaves me in a crumbling pile of best-intentions'; I feel like that sometimes and wonder what happened! Of course it's true that if we do things with love then we're doing our best. It's a great message and you say it so well as always. I'm more comfortable with being human as I get older; when I look back I think I was very selfish and I wonder why. Who sang 'Blinded by the Light'? As soon as I saw the sub-heading I couldn't get the tune out of my head! I'm off to look that up. A great read for a Thursday (or any other day actually!). Ann

      PS - Of course! It was Manfred Mann here, though I gather Bruce Springsteen sang it in the US

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      Mary McShane 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

      "You are but one of billions, vital in importance and yet insignificant. The higher you stand on that mountain of ego, the more dramatic the fall will be, and yet nobody deserves to be at the mountain base camp looking up." --Bill Holland

      I like that one :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And a darn fine human you are, Kim! Thanks for stopping by my loyal friend, and have a great Thursday.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      "To err is human; to forgive, divine." - Alexander Pope

      Believe me, I am human every single day of the week.

      Smiles,

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Graham, jaded works for me and it is accurate. Thankfully Bev balances me and keeps me from becoming permanently jaded.

      Thank you my friend; always a pleasure having you stop by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE...it is a universal message that stays true generation after generation.

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Bill, you are never self centred. Maybe jaded now and then but you simply push the envelope and change your view.

      Graham.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A Human Being Being Human: A Moment With Bill Reflection great meaning here to this hub love i s all we need, what would life be without love? You always say it he best and your message is great.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I love that...never too late to change the sheets! LOL Thank you for the laugh and the kind words this morning. Enjoy your extraordinary, ordinary day.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      My folks would say you done stopped meddling and gone to preaching billy! lol I love it. There is good and bad out there and we do make our choice, we make our bed so to speak but it is never too late to change the sheets! Even there we can be creative. No?

      Great write, sure enjoyed it. Up and sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, love is all there is. When you cut out the b.s. in life it all comes down to love. Thank you dear friend.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Yet again love i truly all we need! I tell you the Beatle were seriously onto something and so are you my friend. Couldn't agree more and thanks for the reminder today. Enjoy your Thursday and thanks again!