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An Extraordinary, Ordinary Life: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on November 12, 2013

Meet a Man Named Bill

There once was a man who lived in the fast lane. He worked hard; he played hard; he indulged hard; he crashed hard. Then he would get up for a new day and do it all over again, day after day, week after week, month after month and year after year.

In search of what he did not know, but always there was a nagging need to do more, try more, strive for more, and inevitably there was the adrenaline-crashing dejection when “more” could not be attained.

What was he after? He did not know. What did he need? He did not know. What would make him happy and give him peace of mind? He did not know.

Imagine if you will!

Imagine the frustration. Imagine the gut-churning aggravation of always coming up inches short of a prize that had no description? Imagine, then, looking for substitutes when the goal could not be attained. Imagine finding solace in alcohol, and embracing that solace as one would an old friend who has been missing in action for so very long. Imagine discovering that the old friend was really intent on harming that man named Bill, and eventually would sink its talons into him and not allow him to function as a normal human being.

Imagine if you will!

From the depths of sorrow and hopelessness there was a pinprick of light seen in the distance. What that light meant he did not know, but it was welcoming and appeared to offer at least a glimmer of promise, and so he pulled up his anchor and set sail for that distant beacon, and as he grew closer the light shone more brightly, and eventually there was warmth from the light, and then….and then….the light became one with this man and he found….

And extraordinary, ordinary life!

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Finding joy in simplicity

Follow Him Through An Ordinary Day

He rises each morning and staggers to the shower; he then has breakfast with his wife and heads off to the studio where he writes all day long. He can hear the chickens clucking during the day, and other various sounds of a neighborhood living life.

He will make a handful of calls to his wife while she is off working, and also throughout the day be in contact with his son and various writer friends around the world. He will learn of their lives, share in their celebrations and mourn their losses.

As the working day ends he will prepare dinner for the family, do a little cleanup around the house, and then settle down for what appears to be a rather mundane evening of cribbage or a movie. A dog or two will nestle next to him, nudging him for attention and love.

They live in a modest rambler in a modest neighborhood in a modest city. News agencies do not descend on this home looking for the latest captivating story to feed to the masses. Producers do not contact them to discuss a tv-movie about their lives. By ten or ten-thirty they are in bed, snuggled deeply beneath the comforters, and they close their eyes and greet another well-earned rest.

Quite ordinary indeed!

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Love is extraordinary

The sites and sounds of my extraordinary, ordinary life
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But upon Closer Inspection

Yes indeed, let’s take a closer look.

He is loved and he loves, and every single day is an expression of that love. From the moment his eyes open in the morning to greet another northwest day, to the time he closes them and says goodnight to wakefulness, he has been surrounded by love. How extraordinary is that?

He spends his day at a job he adores. He is paid to write; he is paid to create sentences and stories and to feed the souls and electrify the senses of readers around the world. He has discovered a way to feed his own passion, and he is firmly standing upon a platform that allows him to reach out, quite literally, to millions of people and make a change through his words, and how extraordinary is that?

He has been in contact with people of other cultures; he has learned of their lifestyles and they have learned of his, and in so doing they have bridged the gap that existed between them….and….in bridging that gap they have made this world a smaller place and yes, a more understanding place. How extraordinary is that?

He is the keeper of a legacy handed down by generations. He is his father’s son, the apple of his mother’s eye, and the culmination of all Hollands and O’Dowds who preceded him. He carries the family stories within him; he tells the old stories to his son, and passes on family traits. He teaches the old ways and in so doing replenishes the well of learning for those who follow him. How extraordinary is that?

He is, in fact, a walking, talking miracle, the culmination of thousands of years of evolution, the highest combination of intelligence and physical prowess this world has ever known, and he is growing daily and will continue to grow until he draws his last breath. Never before has there been a man like him; never will there be a man like him. He is unique among his species, priceless among seven billion priceless individuals. How extraordinary is that?

And when he dies he will be remembered by thousands. What he has done during his lifetime will be remembered, and each of his actions will cause ripples to spread out across the land, and span oceans, and those ripples will create other ripples, until a single act by this man will have unbelievable ramifications years into the future and yes, my friends, how extraordinary is that?

What an extraordinary ride it has been
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And so It Goes

There once was a man named Bill who lived in the fast lane. Today he has down-shifted and finds solace in the far right side of life’s freeway, enjoying the scenery as he continues his leisurely trip through life. The frantic pace born from desperation is gone. The aimless wandering is gone. The feelings of helplessness and loneliness are gone. The need for artificial stimulation is gone.

What remains is quite ordinary. What remains is quite mundane. What remains is quite beautiful. What remains is quite peaceful. What remains is quite satisfying and lovely and rewarding.

What remains can be seen in every home in America, and across the seven seas in far-off lands. What remains can be found in the workplace and the temples, the mountain paths and the busy metropolitan streets. What remains can be found juking and jiving on the court of life no matter where you tie up your sneakers and play the game. What remains can be found in the hearts of the poorest and the souls of the richest. What remains has been written about, sung about, waxed poetically about and philosophized about.

What remains is quite extraordinary.

Welcome to my extraordinary, ordinary life.

And welcome to your own.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Raising awareness one person at a time.”

Author’s note: this article was inspired by the movie “About Time.” In the movie trailer the words “extraordinary, ordinary life” are used. I hope you enjoyed my reflections about such a life.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, what a lovely thing for you to say. Thank you my dear friend. I am glad to know you now; I can appreciate you so much more today than I could have twenty years ago.

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      Madeleine Salin 3 years ago from Finland

      You have played hard, but worked harder. I'm glad I have met the Bill you are today. The world will remember you as the great writer and teacher you are.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Dolores. I greatly admire your work and your words make me very happy. I hope you are well and I wish a wonderful holiday season to you and your family.

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      Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Bill, this was so beautiful! Talking with my family, thinking about the recent loss of a dear loved one who went out in a big way, whose loss broke our hearts, who will be remembered into the next (unborn) generation I thought of how I don't want to be remembered. How I just want to live simply, no big show, leave no mark. Your hub reflects my sentiments. (Voted up and shared)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, I will indeed keep writing my friend. Thank you for always being here and have a great week.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An Extraordinary, Ordinary Life: A Moment With Bill Reflection wow! Most interesting and well mentioned about life. Be proud of you and keep on writing and sharing what you have on mind I enjoy reading your encouraging word.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb and I hope you know how much I admire your work and you as a person.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sounds like a simple and wonderful life. It is extraordinary, and just as wonderful and priceless. Cherish it as you do, and be proud of what you have. I admire your work on all levels.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brandi, giving back and sharing love...that is what I am all about. Thank you for your kind words and have a wonderful Wednesday.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Somehow I missed this one. But I found it today. Billy, you are an incredible strength to those who need a hand lifting themselves back up. You always see the positive. To hear your story is uplifting. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, you honor me with your words and I am humbled. Thank you so very much. Blessings to you and yours this coming week. Thank you!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      I love how you are open, honest and giving. No ego putting up shades and no fear shutting you down.

      This is very inspiring. It reminded me of the character George Bailey; but the difference is you are one hundred per cent the real deal.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marilyn, it is the gift that keeps on giving and I am a very fortunate man. Thank you very much.

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      Marilyn L Davis 3 years ago from Georgia

      Good afternoon, Billy, so "the frantic pace born from desperation is gone". How fortunate for you and your loved ones, however, those of us who are blessed with your words are enriched as well. Thank you for this inspiring article. ~Marilyn

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, today I do indeed have a clue....it took awhile but I am where I was always meant to be. :) Thank you for your friendship and the never-ending supply of angels.

      blessings and a hug heading your way

      bill

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Yeppie, I would say I have to agree...this man, this Bill Holland, does indeed have a most extraordinary ordinary life. And Me thinks it because he got a clue...and grabbed on to all that is possible and has not let go...and so it goes..

      for each of us...to grab on to and not let go..

      love love love this....

      my dear friend to more and more extraordinary ordinary days...pinned shared tweeted and shouted from the mountain tops...

      Angels are on the way to you and your family love and hugs too...ps

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much mathira! I hope you enjoyed the journey.

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      mathira 3 years ago from chennai

      Wonderful and very inspiring reflections, billy. You took us along.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joelle, thank you for an interesting reflection on this hub. I like your view of it.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      When I read your hub, I make me think that it's important to stop and look back! Sometimes we are so busy walking (maybe even running) that we don't take the time to enjoy the view. Personally, I have the feeling sometimes that it's as if I went through several lifetime in this life :-)

      Thank you for making us think.... once more :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks vkwok....it is pretty special to me, and it's nice to know others feel the same way.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      This hub deserves an award!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Suzette! I truly do appreciate your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, our legacy indeed my friend. Years after we are gone our words will live on and I find that to be remarkable....the beauty we create will be shared by others forever.

      love from Olympia

      billy

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, I am humbled and grateful. Thank you Sir!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Indeed, Martin, and thank you for all the beauty you bring into this life.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith! Evidently I am a very slow learner but gratefully I did learn in time. Life is good my dear friend.

      blessings and love

      bill

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      I nominated this hub for Editor's Choice - I think it is excellent with a great message and so well written. Good Luck!!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      What remains is quite ordinary. What remains is quite mundane. What remains is quite beautiful. What remains is quite peaceful. What remains is quite satisfying and lovely and rewarding.

      Oh Billy what a wonderful journey you have made and I can relate 100%.

      I always remember you telling me that we need to write about our journey through life every so often and this does not mean we are back peddling at all. Uncannily I posted my words on my life yesterday the same day as you published this gem. Thank you for being a great friend.

      Thank you for being a wonderful teacher.

      I feel so blessed to be able to give and share.

      Your words are your legacy the same as mine are to me.

      I can only end this comment by saying thank you for being you ;a wonderful man with a very big and generous heart .

      Lots of love from Wales.

      Eddy.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. I agree with Martin above. Ordinary? I had decided on my word when I saw Joe above had used it Masterpiece, that's what I thought.

      voted up and all

      Graham.

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Ordinary?... says who? Thank you for this.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      What a beautiful testimony from an extraordinary man, you, dear Bill, and thank you sharing of your ordinary life, which is anything but ordinary and everything extraordinary! I believe I know just who that light was that never gave up on you and revealed to you just who you are and how beautiful of a man you are ... and I am glad you have come to realize such about yourself! Awesome.

      Hugs and much love to you and yours,

      Up and more and sharing

      Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it too, Alicia. It pretty much speaks to all of us.

      Thank you and I hope your Wednesday is an extraordinary day. :)

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the phrase "extraordinary, ordinary life"! You are certainly living it, Bill. Your hubs are useful and inspirational.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene my friend, you are very welcome and thank you. Friendship means a great deal to me. I would not be here right now if it were not for some dear friends who would not give up on me so yes, friendship is important and always will be.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mgt28, thank you so very much. My goal is for people to relate to my writing; your affirmation means a great deal to me.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Well, Bill the paparazzi may not be hiding out in the bushes to catch that oh so candid photo, but if they did they would find a fascinating subject. To people who know you, there is no wondering why you are surrounded by love. You are all about love. Your heart is big and your arms are wide open. I know, I know, I know you don't like it when people hold you up and dote over you, but I have to say it again, Bill you are the best friend anyone could ever have. Thank you for being there for me and people like me who want to be successful writers, living the writer's life.

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      mgt28 3 years ago

      This is classic. I enjoyed reading the article , you an extraordinary writer. Yet your writing appeals to ordinary people.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! I know you much prefer my writing when it is from the heart, so I'm glad you were able to read this one. You are greatly appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, after that lovely comment I will indeed have a great day. Thank you so much. Wishing you the same.

      bill

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You are an extraodrinary man! ( I really do mean that. ) You write beautifully and from the heart. Best wishes to you and your family.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Think we will have to change something ordinary into quite extraordinary imagine the whole lot of us voting for all of your Hubs for Ultimate Editor's Choice Award. this one included - That should keep HubPages Staff busy - You have a great day Billy.

      Sally

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Bill! I am very appreciative of your praise. Have a great week my friend and blessings to you and yours.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Sure wish I had read this before I got up and went to work this morning. What a wonderful essay from an extraordinary guy. You sure have a knack for this writing thing. This was brilliant.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I do trust you, drbj, and thank you so much. :)

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Extraordinary but far from ordinary words written by an extraordinary and anything but ordinary writer. Trust me.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      lyric, as you know I have a hard time with praise. I had to learn lessons the hard way for sure. I made huge mistakes and hurt people; I guess these years now are my way of making up for the lost time. I greatly appreciate your kind words. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, I could say similar..it was in losing everything that I learned I had everything that I needed. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Brian Prickril 3 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Well done, Bill. I could really ramble on here, but let me simply say that it took several major catastrophes before I found what that giant emptiness in me was after. And the alcohol damn near killed me in the meantime! I literally had to lose everything to see the light. And I am grateful for that lesson.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Bill, most certainly the best I've ever read, hands down. Not only getting to know you better, but for the look at your soul my friend. You're the perfect example of perseverance Bill. When you're on that dark highway to hell, you don't care. It's me or nothing. Love is often an after thought if anything. You roll with the wind, fall down, up again. Then for what ever reason, you figure out your lost, you wake up and notice this isn't me. This is the case for very few, others go on until the end. That journey back is when you learn about yourself and the many lessons taken for granted. In a sense though, that journey back defines you. I share with you a dark path taken and consider myself to be blessed to be where I am, connecting to another will a similar journey. I'm proud of you Bill, it's not easy. And to come out such a caring person, wise as they come, that's something special Bill. Something special indeed. Miracle? Perhaps. Amazing? Absolutely:)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, it sounds to me like you already understand this lesson. :) Yes indeed, love is what life is all about; such a simple thing to remember and yet so many fail to remember it. :) Thank you!

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great hub, Bill! Each of us lives an extraordinary life, we just don't realize it. We get into our routine and forget all the wonderful and special things that happen to us. Love is what life is all about and love is quite an extraordinary thing. It should never be taken for granted. Thanks for sharing your story with us and nudging us a little to realize the extraordinary things in life.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, thank you so much. I wish the same for you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lisa, when I touch the heart of another, they in turn touch mine, and how great is that? Sending you a hug this morning. Thank you for your friendship.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Ann, a bungalow. :) Thanks for being patient with me. LOL

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      I thought it was something like that; what we call a 'bungalow' here and some of them do 'ramble' a bit! Thanks for the info.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Ordinary is good, fulfilling. You seem to have balanced the predictability of a stable life with the uncertainties of a writer's life. I wish you continued success in everything you do.

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      Lisa Williams 3 years ago

      This is absolutely beautiful! I am so glad that you found your peace! If you had not taken the path you did in your "extraordinary ordinary life", you would not be the person you are today, and Many people would have missed out. You have touched the heart of so many people, Bill, and I for one feel blessed to have met you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I love the lesson you took away from this. Yes indeed my friend. There is extraordinary all around us if we are willing to listen and learn. Very good! Thank you!

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      anndango 3 years ago

      I believe it is writer Annie Dillard who wrote "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." Thanks for sharing how you spend your days! You hit it on the nail - our ordinary lives are rich and extraordinary if we only open our eyes and really look. And your neighbour's ordinary life, or the Walmart cashier's ordinary life are probably extraordinary too if you start talking to them. One thing I'm taking away from all of this is that once you start talking and listening to people you will discover their extraordinary lives and in turn enrich your own.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, thank God indeed! I didn't think I would ever get clued in to some of these lessons. :) Thank you dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Kim! That is what I try to do and your affirmation helps me evaluate my work. Have an extraordinary day my friend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I love your extraordinary life, my friend. This piece is almost poetic. I could feel the excitement you feel each and every day. I embraced the 'mundane' (you cook now? - hope you've graduated from your cheeseburger pie of college days!)

      My life is pretty mundane now, too and I'm thankful for it. It's much more peaceful and very much less hectic.

      Touché for the lessons we learn in life. Thank God we've learned!

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Bill,

      As always, I read your work and I am uplifted by your honest approach.

      You are real, and that is what matters the most.

      To make that which is ordinary seem so much more gives me hope and perspective. V+/Shared. Others should read what you write for you give so much more than words on a page.

      Many Blessings to you always,

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, life will work out exactly how it was supposed to; we are only along for the ride, and we can decide how we are going to view our life. Isn't that remarkable?

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, it's been one hell of a ride, but it was all worth it. I have peace in my heart and soul and it is remarkable indeed. Thank you for being here and sharing the ride with me.

      love always

      bill

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An Extraordinary, Ordinary Life: A Moment With Bill Reflection you have reached out to many readers on this hub so interesting and so much to think about here what we have presently should be a priority and not what we did not or could not have. Life is challenging but in the end it all works out.

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      Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

      Kindred, this is my first read of your work in quite a while and I must say, you have continued to develop a real gift of being able to get to the heart. You have settled nicely into your extraordinary ordinary life and your peace and comfort are well deserved. Great job here of putting that life into words we can all understand and yes indeed, the love permeates every word. Sending hugs and lots of love your way.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I have tears in my eyes. I don't know what else to say. It is so hard for me to see those words and not cry....it has been a tough road my friend, but all my dreams came true despite my own intervention. LOL You touched me today...thank you.

      Good luck with that single spacing. LOL I'm an old-timer; what do I know???

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, I'm sorry Ann. I even went back and skimmed it looking for it and didn't see it. LOL A rambler was a house style back in the 50's. One floor plan....they were the post-war architecture craze in the U.S.

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      One positive element of being at the bottom is that the view from the bottom is 'up'.

      Bill, you speak truth. What we get is never sugar coated.

      We trust you. You have proven to be a man of your word.

      You lead by example. We like what we read and see.

      You teach. We are eager to hear your words of wisdom.

      Your following is rapidly approaching 2, 000. That kind of devotion

      does not just happen.

      You may live an ordinary life, but you are not an ordinary man.

      Some people have to walk through death to find a true appreciation

      of life. Who is to say, your walk was not necessary to get you to this

      point in your life. As your friends, we benefit from your horrendous

      journey through hell, because we respect the man you have become.

      You inspire people because you have a deep seated love for humankind.

      You believe we can be a kinder gentler people. We learn by example.

      Bill, you are a fortunate man to have love in your life. And, love can pave

      the way for all kinds of extraordinary additions to life.

      This is a wonderful article. It gives hope and encouragement to each of us. Your enthusiasm is contagious and we appreciate you.

      Thank you, Bill,

      DJ.

      And, if anyone can tell me how to single space my comments, I shall forever be grateful.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      'They live in a modest rambler, in a modest neighbourhood' is what you wrote here; is that a rambling house? We too have people who ramble about aimlessly and it's often applied to those who ramble with words too! Am I rambling? Yes! Enjoy your day!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, how remarkable is that? That I should radiate peace? LOL Who would have ever guessed it twenty years ago?

      Thank you for your kindness and friendship.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, the blessings just keep on coming in my life. I feel like a kid in a candy shop. :) I love my life...the friendships....the love...the wonder of it all....pretty amazing.

      blessings to you my dear

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much cheeluarv!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Heather. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us. Have an extraordinary life my friend.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      This reflection gives me peace, comfort and the absolute assurance that my dear friend, Bill, is loving life and building his legacy one beautiful day at a time.

      You are an inspiration and have the ability to radiate peace across the miles. I am so happy you are sharing and cherishing your gifts.

      Love this and you, Maria

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, a wonderful article! Something quite amazing happens when we stop looking at what we don't have and start being thankful for what we do have. When we think about the chances of us even being here at all, we can begin to recognise how very extraordinary our ordinary live really is. You my friend, have been blessed in your very extraordinary ordinary life, but you already know that. My very best to you and yours. :)

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      cheeluarv 3 years ago

      Very good article with deep reflections. Thanks for sharing it.

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      HeatherH104 3 years ago from USA

      That was beautiful! It's also the story of growing up and learning what is really important. The young are always looking ahead for more, more, more, better, better, better and miss what's right in front of them. We will never have all of the answers but learning to go with it and enjoy what you have and where you are makes it better.

      Take care.

      Heather

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, isn't that a great line....that we never knew...I won't let them say that about me. :) and neither will you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Ann and good day to you. A rambler? Did I write that in this hub? Sheez, I'm getting old. Well, there was once a car named Rambler....but in American slang a rambler is one who drifts aimlessly through life without a real focus or destination. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, good morning. I was just thinking about you and hoping all is well. Busy with ebay? Thank you for your kind words my dear friend. This one was from the heart.

      Have a great walk buddy!

      Aloha

      bill

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Funny that. We are so fast and furious. You let us know your ordinary life and in so doing, that is an extraordinary gift. I heard in a movie. Son approached recovering alcoholic dad and said he was writing a paper about him. "The most extraordinary man that he never knew".

      Blessings to all who let others in.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Ordinary can be very extraordinary. I look around me and also see what an extraordinarily ordinary life I have, how lucky I am. It's great that you've come through bad times and survived to realise how extraordinary you and indeed everyone is. Great thoughts well portrayed and you certainly do reach out to many around the world with your experience, your thoughts and your dreams and your legacy will be the impact of good words and deeds. Your joy and enthusiasm for life shines through this one, bill.

      By the way, what's a 'rambler'? I have an idea but would like to know the precise definition. Ann

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      A masterpiece, Bill, and one I'm definitely recommending to God in prayer as I walk this morning as a candidate for Ultimate Editor's Choice Award. You lifted my spirits with this one! Aloha, my brother!

      ~Joe

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John and yes, we are all leading an extraordinary life.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I hope your extraordinary, ordinary life is fantastic today. Thank you!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      A wonderful article Bill. As usual your writing is inspirational, and makes one reflect on their own "extraordinary, ordinary life". Voted up.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      I loved your reflections and I do know you lead the best life possible now and am so thankful for that for you. Thank you as always for sharing and simply lovely Bill! Enjoy your day now.