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A Moment With Bill: A New Series About the Joy Of Life

Updated on January 10, 2014

Introduction of a New Series

I have grown tired of SEO, that albatross that sits squarely on the necks of writers in the year 2013. I have grown weary of plugging in search-friendly words and phrases in hopes of pleasing the Google gods and keeping them mollified. This article is a declaration to the computer world that they can take their Panda and shove it.

I am a writer. I have a passion for writing. I do not have a passion for SEO, and as of this moment I really don’t care what the braintrust behind the various search engines think. I am a writer and I am going to write.

This is my new series. It will reach as many people as it reaches, without the benefit of keywords and the Ouija board. This is just a writer reaching out to readers, expressing how he feels, just as it has been done for hundreds of years. If this style was good enough for Hemingway, then it’s good enough for me. Hell, Hemingway wrote in obscurity for years, so he and I have a great deal in common, and I find comfort in that fact.

This series will be about life. Consider it my tribute to people like Will Rogers who spun old-fashioned philosophy about life in a language millions could understand. This is just old friends getting together and discussing important issues like love, compassion, integrity and friendship.

Pull up a chair and get comfortable. Kick off your shoes if you like; there will be no formalities here. I’m glad you stopped by and I look forward to many discussions. The bathroom is down the hall on your right, and there are snacks in the fridge if you get hungry. Everyone serves themselves here.

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Good Memories Are My Foundation

"The teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I said happy. She told me that I didn't understand the assignment. I told her she didn't understand life." John Lennon

Isn’t that a great quote? Talk about breaking life down to its barest essentials.

I have spoken often about my father, a man who influenced me more than any other human being during my lifetime. I have praised him every chance I have gotten in my writings, but there was one time he wounded me with his words and I have never forgotten it.

I don’t remember the circumstances, but I know I was about ten or eleven years old at the time. Something had happened that had my dad quite upset. It could have been the car breaking down, or some other repair bill that would seriously hurt our meager budget. All I know is he was not in a good mood at that time. I had been out playing with the neighborhood kids, and I came into the house for a snack. I was whistling a happy tune and laughing about something one of my friends had said. Dad obviously did not feel it was a time for laughter because he walked into the kitchen where I was preparing my snack and he told me, “goddamn it, Bill, sometimes you are just too damn dumb to understand that life is not always a trip on the Merry Go Round.”

Yes, it hurt and yes, my dad was wrong. It’s not that I don’t understand that times are occasionally tough. It’s that I don’t choose to wallow in self-pity and unhappiness. Big difference!

Like John Lennon, I just want to be happy, and for most of my life I have chosen to be so.

Of Course There Are Tough Times

Hell, folks, I’ve had my share of those tough times. There was a span of about twenty years when I couldn’t find happiness with a bushel basket. I was continually getting in my own way. If there was a wrong turn to be taken then you could bet the farm that I was going to take it. Alcoholism was my lover during those twenty years, and happiness simply was not in the cards for this boy. I had forgotten some very simple rules, and I was miserable.

It was a long road back. The demons that had haunted me for so long did not go quietly back into a closet. They had to be paraded front and center. They had to be faced down, called out for what they were, and recognized as poisonous to my life. Personal demons are bullies of the worst kind, and like all bullies everywhere they must be confronted and dealt with.

I am proud to say that I dealt with my bullies and today I am free. The ghosts of the past are merely reminders now of a life I will never return to. Today that ten year old boy is back stronger than ever, and he is embracing happiness and smiling his butt off as he goes through adulthood.

Are You Happy?

Yes, it is a very basic question. Are you happy with your life? Do you get up every single day and realize what a gift you have been given? Do you smile and laugh often? Do you feel like a kid in a candy shop?

If you answered no then it might be time to take a look at your life, because you only get one shot at this journey. I guess we need to ask why you are not happy. What is there about your life that is keeping you from shouting in joy? That question calls for a very personal answer. For some it might be a struggling relationship. For others it might be lost dreams or lost hopes. Maybe you took a detour and can’t find your way back. Maybe you think that happiness is an illusion and not attainable for you.

Once you have answered that question then you need to find a way to change that which is preventing you from happiness.

I know, that seems to be a trite over-simplification, but I believe it to be true. With the exception of those who are clinically depressed or those who are suffering from some other psychological problem, happiness is a choice, and you can make that choice or not.

I have written before about two special people in my life. One is a former student who was born with Spina Bifeda, and the other is my best friend who has Alzheimer’s Disease. They each have more than enough reason to be unhappy, and yet spend time with them and you will come away smiling and energized. They will tell you that life is good, and if they can say that then anyone can.

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Final Thoughts

I do not give advice unless it is asked for, and then only if I have experience to back up my opinion. I have known far too many people who spout off about any subject but have not lived the words they are speaking, and I find them to be bores of the worst kind.

I do not give advice now. I am simply saying that life is too damn short to live it in a state of unhappiness. Is that all there is? Are we just born, subjected to decades of misery, and then we die? I refuse to believe that. I am on this planet to love and to be happy. I was born on this huge playground and I plan on experiencing every ride on that playground, and I will hold on tight and shriek with happiness.

I will smell the flowers and listen to the birds. I will surround myself with positive, loving people and I will be filled to overflowing with their love. I will wake up each day knowing that it may be my last, and I will fly down straight-aways and screech around curves like my tail is on fire, because this is my one and only shot at this thing called life.

Today, my friends, I choose to be happy.

P.S. I hope you enjoyed this initial installment of “A Moment With Bill.” If you are a writer, I wish you the best of luck finding your voice and your niche in this competitive world. I would hope that you don’t compromise your talent in order to fit into this internet world. The living, breathing world needs writers, so be proud of what you do and be the best that you can be.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, you just brought up an interesting point...the older we get the less happy we are....man oh man, maybe we should think about that for awhile. :) There must be a reason, right?

      Thank you my friend. I hope you are well and happy today.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      If I could be as happy as my daughter always seems to be, any problems in my life would be ok. I hope she always stays that way, but I know from experience, that the older we get, the harder it can be to find. Awesome hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Excellent point, Dianna! We live, we learn, and we toss out the stuff that doesn't matter. Today I look at the positives and leave the negatives to someone else to worry about. Thank you my friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Love your new series. As children, our parents sometimes speak negative words over us and do not realize how damaging they can be to our spirit. It is something we have to learn to overcome as we mature. I have had to deal with this myself. Learning to forgive and move forward is the remedy. You have done this so well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I would have bet you would get nailed. Usually upstate sees more snow, but evidently this storm is aimed more at Boston.....well, I hope you have a pretty but not dangerous weekend.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Thanks so much Bill.

      According to the map and latest reports from our Not-so-often-accurate-Meteorologists......the worst of the "storm," just misses us. More effects upon Down State N.Y......so maybe, our friend Tillie is battening down the hatches. She's close to NYC......I'm Upstate in the boondocks...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Elizabeth!

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      Toasting back with coffee = ) Hoping you have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Elizabeth, I am toasting you with my tea this morning. :)

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      I agree, the past and how you defeat it shapes who you are. Cheers to that (with water!). As for the storm- I'm not going out there!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Elizabeth, God bless you my friend. The struggles are worth it if we are willing to learn from them. Here's to many more years of friendship and sobriety for you and I. Thank you and stay safe in the storm today.

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      Another great one Bill... screw SEO lol. I have to say as a newcomer to writing online, I have become overwhelmed and disheartened in my realization of how important SEO is. I am trying to learn but at the same time, as you said, I just want to write because I love to write.

      This is a great Hub. I loved the John Lennon quote and the messages you deliver. I too was deep into alcoholism before I had my son. Finding out I was holding a life within me gave me the push to conquer my demons. I am glad you have also moved past that horrible addiction. I hope you write forever!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, your comments are quite often more clever than many of the hubs I read during the day. That is the sign of a good mind and clever wit. You do make me laugh. The night is winding down for me, and you have a blizzard to deal with, so I will bid you good night. Stay safe in the snowstorm and thank you for the kind words.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      BRAVO, Bill! to your first 2 paragraphs! Yes, Sir, lets' set the writer in us ..FREE!

      The quote from John Lennon is fabulous.....he was an incredibly great mind and musical genius.....so sad the way he was taken from us......A madman behind every corner. What a world.

      Yes...I am happy. Why? Because I want to be....I need to be. How? Any way I'm able. When? As long as I'm breathing and can "imagine".

      Thanks for another comfy session with Mr. Holland....UP+++

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shiley, you said it all perfectly. We can't constantly walk around with a smile on our faces, but we can be happy with life over a long period of time. Thank you for that comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, when I was young Paul was my favorite Beatle; I came to appreciate John after a few years; he was the heart and soul of the group. Thank you my friend; I always enjoy your visiting.

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      Karen Shiley 4 years ago from Washington

      It is wonderful that you have gotten such a great perspective on happiness Bill. I often have explained to my children that even though I may not be happy at a given moment for some reason. I am a happy person and do love my life. It is so important to see the big picture and remember to appreciate what we have and not be bogged down by the details sometimes. Great article and a nice way to begin the morning!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Keep it simple. I guess that's the key to accomplishing anything.

      I'm not a fan of SEO but I do what I must to get on. To a point. I will not sacrifice the flow of an article for the sake of crowbarring in keywords that just don't go. I do SEO when it's feasible but when it's not, then I don't. I just write.

      Love that quote by John Lennon. He's one whose had his share of hardships but managed to come out of the other side of tunnel with an appreciation of Life.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I have often wondered what it is about some people who have the same attitude that you and I have, and others who are frozen in their tracks at the first sign of adversity. Man oh man, you just have to keep moving forward. Sooner or later things get better, right?

      Loving those angels. Hugs and blessings coming back atcha

      bill

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      It is so sad, Bill, that so many are not happy for whatever reason. Always looking at someone else's circumstances and wishing they were their own. Missing out on one day of this glorious ride would be sinful.

      Like you, like everyone, sadness and horror has knocked at my door. But you bite the bullet and go forth That which does not kill me makes me stronger or crazier, not sure which, but definitely more determined to keep on keeping on.

      Looking forward to more of these.

      Sending a whole bunch of Angels all the way to Olympia this evening...hugs to you, my Friend. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you SG! SEO is a reality most of us have to face if we want any money at all. I don't worry about it that much because my income and security does not depend on HubPages. Thus, I do not let SEO dictate the way I write. I certainly see the advantages of it, but so far I have not found myself to be very good at it.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is marvelous! Sometimes I do say to hell with SEO and write on something I just enjoy writing about. I am still new to writing and may not be the best writer but I do enjoy it. I still have to fit some SEO hub in as I really need a little extra income. You are so right to appreciate and enjoy every day! I love the quote by John Lennon, excellent! Up and awsesome billybuc! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Mark, that's a classic line. Thanks buddy; you made me laugh this morning.

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Happy is like peanut butter, you smear it on everything you can and laugh because it is so sticky!

      Mark

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo...always happiness! SEO? I still try it on occasion, but I'm no good at it. That is obvious from the amount of money I make here on HP. LOL I'm happy just writing from my heart like in this hub; I'll leave the money-making to someone else.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Now which way to go? SEO..... I'm only just getting to grip, so we'll just leave it there. Happiness; I made a conscious decision way back in my twenties, to just strive to be happy.

      Although life can sometimes throw a curved ball at us, I can honestly say I've had a wonderful life, the downs made me appreciate the ups. There will always be times when one look back and think, but what if... but there is no regrets and each new day brings with it new challenges and much possibilities. Billy you are so right, life is much too precious to waste.

      Stay happy my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Vicki, I don't think what you described is strange at all. There is a great deal of technology that I know nothing about. I have to know a little about the computer because this is how I earn a living, but it does not come easy for me. Bev has to fix practically everything when there is a glitch. I am lost if the computer goes down, and as far as SEO, I had to learn it because I have customers who demand it. I would much rather be writing my style with no keywords. :) Thank you for your kind words. You are a good person and I'm proud to call you a friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, I agree completely! I love life, and I wring every ounce of happiness out of it that I can get. What a great ride it has been.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hello Bill, it is always a wonderful goal to be happy each day, a Pollyanna -ish outlook. Loved your article but couldn't help thinking, it must be nice to actually understand SEO, and have the luxury of choosing to discard it. Just between you and me, I really hesitated to write on HP, because I have some glimmer of notion that I need Internet knowledge talents that are simply non-existent within me. I tweet, but have no idea where the hell that goes. I know what SEO means, because I looked it up. That isn't to say I know how to use it. At various times I have thought about hiring a ten-year old neighbor to decipher random daily computer glitches that beset me. Joined Facebook, because apparently it is a good thing to do, but wouldn't have a clue what is happening there either, because I never visit it! Oh dear, this is turning out to be a true confession. Just don't tell anyone, please. I remain happy, in spite of, or maybe even because of all the above. Haven't made much money obviously, because I simply don't know how! But what has happened since I have been on HP is I have some really lovely Internet friends, and am proud to say, you are one of them. Keep following your pursuit of happiness Bill, I'll be right alongside you.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. I worry, and maybe I shouldn't, about people who think life is too short. Mine wasn't. My life has been long and interesting. All the more reason for people to live, enjoy, serve, experience... and live a real long life.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruchira! I know for certain that you understand the meaning of this hub. There are no do-overs in life. We make mistakes, we learn from them, and we move forward. Thank God we learned!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I love that....tomorrow is gonna be better....and if not, then we'll try again the next day. Love your attitude my friend. Thank you!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Bill, I always agree with you and your wise words penetrate loud and clear to my brain cells which tend to absorb it easily.

      Happiness comes to those who want it or are searching for it. If a mind strives to be unhappy with whatever life has given them...then they are poor souls even if rich in wealth.

      I am one of those fortunate souls who found happiness via my own cups of pains and griefs, but those were the turning stones for me to look back and say...I want to be happy, no matter what!

      voted up indeed as useful/priceless/interesting/awesome/beautiful.

      sharing it across!!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I know this new series is going to be great. We all can talk about the pitfalls along the way, but really we are through that and it is time to move on. Let's talk about the now and how we can spread some happiness around. A positive attitude shines. I see that in this piece. Thank you for sharing. I could feel the hurt you experienced when your father was harsh, but we've learned that our parents had bad day's too and we forgive and understand. The main lesson we learned as children is tomorrow is 'gonna be better, and it is.....

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, I have many days when I forget to live in the moment. Most of the time I write hubs like this one to remind myself of what is important in life. I'm glad you enjoyed it; thank you!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      For once, let's just forget everything and just love life and enjoy to the max, the present moment. Ah, what a fresh whiff of air this hub brings, Bill.

      It may be difficult but not unachievable and thanks for showing the way, my friend.

      Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pickles and again, congratulations on your great news.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Faith! It's always nice to see you stop by. I thought you would like the message of this hub, since you are the personification of joy. :)

      blessings to you my dear

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      What a great idea for a series . . . JOY . . . you know I just love happiness, kindness and being joyful! "Rejoice, I will say it again, rejoice!" The John Lennon quote is perfect for this wonderful insightful hub here.

      Life is too short . . . so let's be joyful and enjoy what little time we have here.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Hugs and joy your way, Faith Reaper

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Yes, having a positive attitude is something we all need to try to do. Even in tough times, believing things will turn out ok, usually gives a more positive result. "Don't worry, be happy." Sage advice, for sure

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mary!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I have to disagree, your novel is definitely the way to go!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Or, Mary, my novel could suddenly be picked up by a major publisher and then I would have to go on a nationwide signing tour. :) I think the Lotto has a better chance of happening.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, that would be so cool. I doubt it will be this summer unless I win the Lotto....of course, it would help if I played the damn game. LOL

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Let us know when you're coming and we can set up a meeting place for all of us to get together!! Wouldn't that be grand. Now you've got me excited about a get together.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      xstatic, thank you my friend! It's time to be who I am, and that's a writer. What I am not is a keyword expert nor will I ever be....and I can live with that. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nellianna, I'll take free hugs any old time. Thank you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      (*(*(*(Hugs)*)*)*)

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      This is a great piece of work Bill, and one to which I plan on returning to read again. Your matter of fact downhome intro made me comfortable and ready to read the rest. Up and all but funny on this one, even though it did make me smile!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Dexter; kind words indeed!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Billybuc! You have a way of touching a person's soul! Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There you go, Melissa! that's what this new series is all about....feeling good and appreciating the life we have been given as a gift. I know you understand that, even though, as you say, there are times we just feel overwhelmed by it all. Keep your head up my friend. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, one day I'm taking Bev to see Vermont, and you had better have some tea and cookies waiting for us, because I'm going to look you up, and Paula up, and several other Hubbers in New York. Won't that be fantastic!!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martie, I love that....the Israelites reference was perfect. Forty years is about right, too. :) Thank you my friend and at least we finally figured it out, right?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, I am so happy that you like the video. It will get you prepared for the day we have coffee together and sit as friends and discuss life.

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      I love this new series! I think most people would consider me an optimist or happy-go-lucky type, but every now and then you just get overwhelmed with "stuff" going on around you and you start to feel a little down. Thank you for this wonderful reminder that life is a gift and that you have to take the time to enjoy it!

      When I see what some people have to deal with and they are still very positive and happy individuals, I feel a little bit ashamed when I complain over silly little concerns and squabbles. I'm going to start humming "Don't worry, be Happy Now" instead of "Its a Hard-Knocks Life". I bet that will help too!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      You know well enough Bill I want to be happy for the rest of my life ;) I choose happiness...I want to appreciate all the wonderful gifts I have and among those are friends like you who appreciate life and all it has given us. God bless John Lennon and his deep insight. Loved this hub.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Personally I tend to identify with the Israelites ~ First being a slave, building a town (my own self), then escape, but roaming the desert for 40 years (because I did it my way and not God's), then entering the Promised Land (of happiness.) Now waiting (without waiting) for Death to disperse me into diaspora....

      Something in this line.

      Yes, I agree with you, billybuc. However, alcohol was not my master for 20 years, it was indeed one of its instigators: "Self-pity."

      Regarding Google and Kie: Amen!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      A very powerful message in this video Billy. I'm listening to it one more time. You always have something to teach us. Voting up useful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Steph, those are great moments, aren't they? I try to treat myself to at least one of those per day. They sure do help me when I'm feeling like nothing makes sense. Thank you for a great example of what this hub is about.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LIz, thanks for the laugh about a serious subject. I have found myself slipping into negativity of late about writing. I just don't know what direction to take, and I'm frustrated, and at times I wonder if it is all worth it. Then I come to my senses and realize that I love to write, so shut up, Bill, and write. :)

      Keep smiling Liz, and give that little girl a hug for me.

      bill

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      Stephanie Hicks 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Bill, I was driving kids to school this morning and just happened to take a few moments to admire the layered colors in the sky, the wispy clouds and a flock of birds flying over the river. To me, that is happiness - taking pleasure in a moment. Many moments every day can be enjoyed, regardless of what else is going on in our lives. We just need to take a minute, stop and reflect.

      A very inspirational hub. Looking forward to reading more in the series. Have a wonderful day, Steph

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      SEO = blaaaaahhhhh!

      Blaaaahhhhhhh! (one wasn't enough).

      I'm so happy. I drop into a pit of self-pity and depression when I entertain that ONE negative thought. All it takes is one . . . then another . . . then another. Before I know it, I'm hating the life that I love. What a mess!

      But I'm always reading things on self-improvement, how to be happy, stuff like that. I'm getting better at catching that crappy thought before it rips at my mind like a cancer. If I do find myself sliding down that hill, I get a grip on the fact that it's all in my mind and I need to find some sort of distraction--go for a bike ride, dance with Skylar, stuff like that.

      I'm sure you're a pro at mindfulness. You always inspire me to keep positive!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rosemay, you just said it perfectly. Thank you for the boost of support and affirmation. I really appreciate your words.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      SEO isn't the be all and end all of things, I have been saddened to watch a couple of my friends on here who loved to write and share and be part of the community and then been gradually drawn towards the SEO, it was as if the heart had been slowly drained out of them until they finally disappeared. I realise the need to make money for some but I do miss those friends. So I am pleased that you are not headed that way too.

      Life is too short to forgo happiness.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nellieanna, that was the injection of feel good that I needed. Hooray for you, for staying true to your heart and soul. I often think of the poets on HP....they have no chance of ever doing well with keywords and google, and yet they keep writing what they love, and they have huge followings....and that, my friend, is what writing is all about. Thank you for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, those are true words my friend. It takes what it takes, right? How would I learn lessons if not to live them?

      Thank you as always my friend; keep doing what you are doing too.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, thank you! These are some pretty simple lessons; funny how it took me so long to learn them. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I don't know what the problem is, but I didn't get it again....holland1145@yahoo.com...I know you know that but thought I would send it again. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol..keywords...happiness. I can live with that for sure. :) Thanks you; now go out and be happy today.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Bravo, Bill. It echoes my approach here since day one - almost 3 years ago. I'd already been writing in relative obscurity for 77 years and wasn't concerned about an audience all of a sudden when I ventured to share some of it here. Took me months even to question what the number on my profile picture signified. But I was bowled over by followers and fans because they truly seemed to be responding to what I was sharing. It's remained that way ever since. I don't seek wide distribution or visibility for their sake. If they happen because of the nature of readers who want to pass it along, it's ok, but it is their own voluntary attention which I love. I had no idea - nor care - about adsense or keywords or getting lots of 'hits'. My only earlier venture had been my own personal website, for which I went out of my way to avoid 'hits' and to welcome readers who came to share.

      YOU have so much to share and needn't be concerned about reaching an audience of enthusiastic folks who crave your excellent, intelligent, memorable words!! Hugs & votes from a faithful friend and fan.

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

      Well I can say this about your dark 20 years: I am grateful for them, without them you would not be who you are today. Thanks for not just stopping at being happy, but going on to spread it around.

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      Chris Merritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      I pray daily for peace, joy and contentment....that usually equates into Happiness...

      Billy, you are a constant advocate for common sense....you just have a way of making sense in your hubs. Telling it like it is or should be.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I just sent it again. Let me know if you get it or not.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Life is too darn short to be unhappy..and sometimes we learn this serious lesson later on in life. I have been a drama queen in the past..thankfully no longer. I wake up every day with enthusiasm..only issue is that I do tend to worry...but oh well I can live with that. I think as I have said and all of us really know. happiness is a choice...and sometimes a darn hard one. Great write on this interesting topic..Now lets see Keywords...Oh yes..Happiness.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, aren't you supposed to be working? LOL Screw SEO...it does me no good, Linda. I am making less now than I did six months ago on HP. What does that tell you? I might as well write from my heart and feel good about it. Have a great day Kindred!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Onegreen, you don't have to know what SEO is; I think there is a lot to be said for writing blindly. :) However, if you want to make money on HP, you probably should learn about SEO. Thank you kind lady.

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      Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

      Something tells me that I'd better find out what SEO is or are!! I've been blundering along blindly.

      Thanks for this Bill. Happiness is something I have had to strive for but it's all the sweeter for the effort. I love that you 'speak' from your heart!

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Yeah, yeah, yeah....I love the attitude. Screw SEO, screw Panda, screw google. Write what's in your heart. lol So, you wrote what was in your heart and it beats the hell out of writing for the market. This is the Bill I know and love. I'm as happy as you are today.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, this series is for everyone who hates SEO as much as I do. If I'm going to write then it better feed my soul or there is no point in it. Have a great day and thank you as always.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Sha and now I, too, must write my crappy SEO for customers. Sigh! We have to pay the bills, right, at the expense of not paying our heart and soul. :) Your day is coming tomorrow, Sha! And I didn't get that email you mentioned sending.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Loving this new series Bill and so true that life is indeed too short to be unhappy. I have truly tried to live my life each day and be happy. Of course everyone does have their moments, but I think is how you deal with these moments that define you. Again truly wonderful and look forward for more to come now!! Voted up and of course shared all over as always!!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I hear ya loud and clear, Bill! Love the John Lennon quote, by the way - he's one of my favorite philosophers/artists. I love that you started out announcing your dislike of SEO writing. It has diminished us to robots and puts a real damper on our creativity. I believe we choose to write because we are creative people. Anyway, enough of that. I have to get to my SEO writing (ha ha!).

      Yes, we were put on this earth to be happy. We have the right and we are all deserving. I for one know I deserve to be happy and that I am. Life is good!