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Can You Really Afford to Waste Today? A Moment with Bill Reflection

Updated on April 24, 2014

A Lesson from a Death

His pallid skin had all the vibrancy of a department store mannequin. With professional care his eyelids had been sewn shut, never to open and see again. His hands were folded across his stomach, just below the tip of his midnight blue tie.

Gone was the laughter for which he was known. Gone were the witty remarks, the words of comfort, and the prayers he recited daily. In their place was only silence. In his place was only the shell of a sixteen-year old boy struck down much, much too early.

He had gone to the landscaping store to pick up some rocks ordered by his mother. He was doing a last minute favor for her because she had been called to her neighbor’s home to care for a sick friend. Two blocks from his home a dog rushed across the road. Brakes were stomped on and then the laws of physics took over as the rocks in the bed of his pickup truck shifted forward with astonishing speed and power. One such rock crashed through the back window and hit him in the head. He died instantly.

Sixteen years on this planet. A lifetime of dreams ahead of him….gone!

He would come over occasionally when he saw me working in my yard, and I would stop my chores and play catch with him. I had watched him grow from six years of age when they moved on our block to the sixteen which would be his final number in life. He was just a good kid. There was nothing extraordinary about him and yet he was extraordinarily ordinary. He was kind and a delight to be with, and he was dead.

When the service ended the priest nodded to the casket, and six of us rose from our pews and gently, lovingly lifted that casket and began the final procession down the aisle. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, and as he was lowered into the ground others were born, and others died, and the randomness and the mystery of this thing called life was omnipresent.

A lesson was learned that day by many who were in attendance.

Can we really afford to waste a single day of this gift we’ve been given?

Gone too soon....my father
Gone too soon....my father | Source

A Similar Lesson Learned Early On

I have spoken of him often. Three days before his fiftieth birthday we were watching The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and he dropped dead of a heart attack. He would never see his son pitch in college, the culmination of countless hours of playing catch, father and son. He would never see his son graduate from college, the only member of an Iowa farm family to ever attend the halls of higher education.

He would never see another Christmas, watch another sunrise, or whisper the words “I love you” to his son as he lay sleeping.

Forty-nine years, three-hundred and sixty-two days on this planet, and he was gone.

Can we really afford to waste a single day of this gift we’ve been given?

The mountain is waiting for you!
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Nothing You Haven’t Known

I’m not telling you anything you did not know already. I’m quite certain that most of you have experienced the sadness of a sudden death, a person you knew and/or loved who was snatched away much too soon. I’m sure many of you, if not all, walked away from a similar funeral, and reminded yourself to seize the day and make the most out of the time you have left.

And then you went home and watched “The Voice” followed by a rerun of “I Love Lucy” and promised yourself that tomorrow you would start chasing that dream, that tomorrow you would make your bucket list a little bit shorter.

But will there be a tomorrow?

An All-too Familiar Scenario

We reach adulthood and find a job. We make our money and we buy a car, a home, a few possessions of comfort, and before we know it we are trapped. The trap tightens and we need to work more, and the more we work the tighter the trap becomes, and the dreams of our youth fade like some spectral vision on a foggy night.

We put in our forty and retirement comes, a time of rest, a time of relaxation, and a time of adventure we have dreamed about all of our lives….but….the economy takes a downturn, and the money saved does not equal the obligations acquired, and our bodies are tired and more dreams hit the scrapheap as our golden years become faded and dull…..

Or…..

We die and never see the golden years that once held so much promise.

The sea is waiting for you!
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There Are No Guarantees

In case you haven’t noticed it, we come into this world with zero promises given. Anyone who invests in the future while mortgaging the present is playing a fool’s game of mammoth proportions.

I have one message for you all and I pray you listen.

Do not waste this gift of life.

A young woman named Marissa shared some news on Facebook a few weeks ago. It was news that had me smiling from ear to ear, and I rejoiced with her over that news. She stated that this summer she was going to go to Europe and experience the trip of a lifetime while she still had time.

Marissa is twenty-two years old.

While she still had time!

Twenty-two years old.

From the mouths of babes!

What a great message

Such a Waste

According to the latest Nielsen ratings, the average American watches five hours of television every single day. The average American also spends an hour each day on the Internet, an hour and seven minutes on a smartphone and two hours, forty-six minutes listening to the radio or some other music device….and my favorite…another thirty-two minutes each day on time-shifted television.

Total it all up and the average American spends almost eleven hours each day being entertained by technology.

46% of this gift of life spent on technological entertainment…….and….it increases as we grow older!

I am at a loss for words.

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Is This Really What We Were Born to Accomplish?

And before I start seeing fingers pointing in my direction, let me state for the record that I do not have a television, nor do I own a smartphone or an ipod.

Listen, it really is none of my business how you live your lives. If you really live for technology and find great comfort in it, then who am I to suggest you are doing this life thing all wrong? Different strokes for different folks and all that, right?

But…..

For those who feel trapped…for those who lament over a life wasted….it is never too late to begin living.

Grab hold of life and squeeze every ounce out of it that you can. Ride on the back of a dolphin and feel the joy as you skim over the waves. Climb that mountain that has always loomed from a distance. Strap on some wings and soar with the eagles. Rejoice in a sunrise and end your days marveling at the sunset. Experience as much as possible so that when you lay your head down on that pillow tonight, you will know that you were not cheated and you did not shortchange yourself.

And when your time comes, and the final sunset has been viewed, you will be able to look back and shout “HALLELUJAH” for a life well-lived, a life of substance, a life of exquisite adventure and accomplishment.

That is what I wish for you all.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      What an interesting thought (s). When you have a bad day and are unhappy..it is a wasted day. I cannot say that I am totally joyful all the time as life does bring challenges. However, I try to have something special for each day...and focus on the fun and joy of it. Whenever we are out somewhere I always mention how beautiful the flowers are or make a comment on how much fun we are having. It makes life so much more fun and meaningful..Great hub as always.

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      Sherri Tuck 3 years ago from Virginia

      As the years pass by, these very thoughts way heavily on my mind. There is a saying that goes like this: "Life is like a roll of toliet paper, the closer you get to the end the faster it goes." The truth is that we really do not know when the end of our time on this earth will come. We should never take the next second for granted.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Carol! No, I am not all sunshine and roses each moment either, but I am always aware of how fortunate I am and what a gift I've been given...as you are.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sherrituck, when I was young I was invincible....or so I thought. I don't think that anymore. I know my time is rapidly diminishing and I still have a lot to accomplish. Best wishes and thanks to you.

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      Lisa VanVorst 3 years ago from New Jersey

      This was so sad, and yet holds true. We live life as a routine with enormous struggle to survive. We lose sight of the enjoyment life has to offer and dwell on what we do not have. This in my opinion, is one of your best hubs. Thank you for sharing and thank you for your words of inspiration.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I want to say that I am shocked by 11 hours of media a day... but am I?! A great, important message Bill.what hit home for me was at the very beginning..."And then you went home and watched..."

      I wonder how many times I've done that? Thank you, Bill, for bringing it home

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, what is time-shifted television?

      I don't own a smartphone either and don't want one. I have a computer for business. I don't need to be checking or sending emails or surfing the web when business hours are over. Gotta have a life, right?

      David Suzuki, Canadian scientist and environmentalist is issuing a challenge for the month of May and it's really quite simple: spend 30 minutes a day, every day, communing with nature. Leave the electronic gadgets home, get out of your office and simply experience the wonders of Nature. I, for one, am going to take him up on the challenge. I've gotten entirely too sedentary and am almost suffocating from being enclosed behind 4 walls day in and day out. Once upon a time - not too long ago - you'd have to hog tie me to keep me indoors. It's time I reclaim myself and reintroduce myself to my first love - Mother Nature.

      Great post, Bill. My heart bleeds for the boy and his family in the opening of this article. We really never know when our time is up, do we?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Lisa, thank you very much. Just a little wake up call for us all...and yes, that includes me and my computer use.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for stopping by, Randi. I was shocked too at first, but then I thought about the hours people are texting during the day....that figure might be accurate and that is frightening.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great challenge, Sha, and I should probably meet that challenge as well. Time-shifted television is the time used to record shows for later viewing. We wouldn't want to miss the latest soap opera now, would we? LOL Such silliness!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Oh, I don't do that. My son does. If I miss something on TV I just wait for the reruns. I'll forward you the email I got from David Suzuki regarding the challenge.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      As always, you are very inspiring. I do appreciate the good and beautiful people in my life and I try never to waste one precious moment of living. Thanks, Billy. Voted up, beautiful, awesome, interesting and absolutely useful.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Sha! I probably already meet the challenge but I'll take a look at it anyway.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Pop....let's live the good life my friend.

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      Vickiw 3 years ago

      Bill, this is a great Hub. Sometimes I feel quite inadequate because I don't have all these tech skills and things that go either them. I wouldn't even know about time- shifted TV. I have seen so many deaths that this is an every day awareness for me, knowing how life can change in an instant. Maybe that is why I cling to the joy of my home, garden and friends with a passion!

      Every now and again I mentally lambaste myself, thinking I spend too much time now on the computer, but I do try to make up for it outside, and I can't believe how much time others, especially young others spend on video games, etc. It's as if games are their work! A sad waste of their time on earth . . . When there is so much to see, do and learn without any technology at all.

      I appreciate the internet, but sometimes I find myself wishing that, even temporarily, the whole thing would crash, just so people could experience a real world again.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. Another great insight into life, yes, encourage everyone to do what they can whilst they can. It does so matter to get and give the most in life. The pain of unexpected loss can be unbearable, it certainly changes the lives of the ones left behind. Tip Top as usual.

      Graham.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Everyone should take this message seriously, but for us at our age, it is wise that we get the most out of each day. Thanks for this sobering presentation.

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

      Thanks for the great 'minder. I have got full days living, but sometimes I forget to appreciate each day as I should.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, I hear every word that you have written, and I agree completely. Wouldn't that be something if the whole system crashed? Scary but maybe there would be some good in it as well.

      It was very nice to hear from you. I hope you are well my friend. The birds are out and happy this morning!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, it truly does change the lives of those left behind. I know it did for me.

      Thank you my friend. I hope you are doing well in Lancashire.

      bill

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      agapsikap 3 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Bill,

      It's me again ;)

      It took me ten minutes after reading this beautiful hub to come up with words.

      Isn't it so ironic eventhough how the lifestyle of many today were designed high-tech and tends to be showing man's prosperity, everything seem to be so brittle.

      Life, age, relationships, friendship, partnership and Time. Are we really born falsifying ourselves that we have accomplish something great but at the end accomplish nothing? Time is really precious.

      Thank you, again! Great hub.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, I know I don't have a day to waste. How much time do I have left? If my health holds maybe twenty years? That is a blink of an eye my friend.

      Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We all do, Eric. I'm reminding myself as much as anyone else. :) Thanks, buddy, and enjoy the hell out of today.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hello agapsikap! Good to see you again. I am beginning to wonder if our so called "advancements" are not, in fact, a step backwards.

      Thank you for your wonderful comment.

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I thought we were supposed to save tear-jerkers for Monday.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, I missed that memo. When did that come out? Dammit, I'm always the last to know. :) Thanks my funny mother of two.

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      What a powerful piece, Bill. You had me hooked from the first line. I just read this morning the obituary of a 22-year-old woman who died after giving birth to her first child, a healthy baby boy. Then this. Wow.

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      mathira 3 years ago from chennai

      billy, it was an inspiring hub. We waste our lives in trivial quarrels little knowing that we are living on borrowed time. Hope many read your hub and know the value of life.

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      Greg Boudonck 3 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      You know Bill it is so easy to get caught up in the thought that we can live forever. I get reminded quite often that this is not so. Today you are the resource that provided me that reminder again. Thanks my friend. Voting UP UP and WAY UP!

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      Muhammad Rafiq 3 years ago from Pakistan

      Great hub Bill! I agree that we are wasting away most of the time watching TV, browsing internet or playing with cell phones. Thumbs up!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Deb! Every once in awhile I have to turn loose my passion. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Mathira! I hope the message is received by millions.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Greg! I think we all need a reminder like this from time to time...a slap in the fact to get it in gear while our transmission still works.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rafiq, I thank you, Sir!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      It makes me very sad to get to the end of a day and not see anything accomplished so I very much agree. Guess we were lucky to have that instilled in us by such wonderful parents! ^

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I think you hit the nail on the head with that one. Wonderful parents are a gift that keeps on giving.

      Thank you dear friend.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      You know, I am truly grateful to be able to do something that I truly love for a living---teaching voice is a blessing really--and makes me feel so very alive--just an excellent commentary Bill--you always make me think a bit--and today--despite my stress this week, I feel grateful!

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      The only time frame in which I feel like I'm wasting valuable time is when I'm sitting at work. Yeah I need the job so I can get paid and be able to do other things, but .. Okay, I'm always daydreaming. I do try to live life and reach the goals of my dreams and sometimes that happens. Yet I'll thank you for the reminder because life isn't all about me. I have to remember to take a little time each day to let the people I care about most how much I do care. For them, tomorrow may never come and I'd regret not having said "I love you" more. Thanks for being my friend, Billybuc.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, remember to breathe. :) You'll make it through and you'll love the process. I am sure of that.

      Thank you for your kind words and online friendship.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, what a very kind thing for you to say. You are very welcome, and I thank you for the same thing. I remember when I was working a job and daydreaming about all sorts of things. I think my productivity took a direct hit during those moments. :)

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Well put Bill. I do have a sense of urgency in my life. There is so much to see and do and I know that life is finite and can end at any moment. This is why we travel the way we do. There is no sense in dreaming of visiting places and doing things if the dreams never materialize. I have a very clear plan of places I want to visit and we are on track at the moment. In the next 14 months we are already committed to going to France, Washington DC, two trips to Florida and a visit to your stomping grounds in the great pacific Northwest. It's almost a full-time job planning and executing all of this but I love that part of it. And, btw, I also do not have a smart phone :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, Bravo to you and your wife, and I better hear from you when you arrive in the Northwest. I do believe I owe you a lunch.

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      I'm so happy that you are telling it like it is, Bill. There has never been a more important message!

      Excellently written prose! Not that this is new to you, but I particularly enjoyed the way you put this one. Much love, my brother.

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      theBAT 3 years ago

      Hi. Thanks for this more than great hub. Yes, life will definitely not wait for us to live our dream. "...it is never too late to begin living." What you wrote is very inspiring. Again, thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, thank you my friend. This one was a joy to write.

      Blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      theBAT, thank you so much. I write to teach and inspire, so your comment gave me confirmation that I am on the right track.

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      Stephanie Hicks 3 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      This is so beautiful, Bill! I have been working on meditation and being present in the moment. Not always easy with 4 kids and 5 pets and a very busy schedule. However, one morning, my eyes met those of my daughter as she was gathering her lunch and getting ready to head out to school. The connection was instant because I allowed the moment to happen. I was nearly brought to tears. If only, we (and I) would do this more often. The treasures of life are in these precious moments. Love this hub! Rated up across the board!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This hub is very inspirational and a great reminder for us all, Bill. The statistics about the use of electronic devices were amazing!

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Wow that was a great post Billy. Did you write that first short story? That was truly a great piece of writing.tweeted and shared.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      None are guaranteed a tomorrow ... not one of us! So let us live this day as if it were our last. In reality, if we all truly did this, our days would look much different no doubt. Those video game addictions are so frightening to me and for all the young children and everyone else who spend many of their waking hours playing them. I remember growing up and playing outside the entire day, enjoying His creation, or when we did have quiet time, reading a good book.

      Our time on this earth is oh so short, and in that short time, we should be mindful to be kind and love others ... and literally take time out to smell those lovely roses!

      I wonder how we all survived growing up without much, if any, "technology" : ) ?

      Blessings for a lovely weekend and remember to take that deep breath of life and enjoy the beauty all around.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The present is most important life is too precious to me to cry over spilled milk.Interesting hub!

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      Roberta Kyle 3 years ago from Central New Jersey

      There is nothing like death to make one realize how precious and how temporary life is.... thank you for the reminder, Billybuc. As always it was an uplifting read..... this hub reminds me of a friend of mind( now deceased) who used to say " The leading cause of death is birth" How true that is.... we are all on the same train, it's just our arrival times that are different.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Steph, thank you for that beautiful comment. I had tears in my eyes reading about you looking at your daughter. Those magical moments can't be explained with words...they come from deep down inside of us.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, amazing and somewhat depressing, don't you think? Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nadine, the introduction? About the boy dying? Yes, I wrote that....and thank you very much. True story by the way./

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, we not only survived but we thrived. Go figure!

      Live today like your tail feathers are on fire my friend.

      blessings and thanks always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE! I'm glad you found it interesting.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Robie, that brought a smile to my face. What a great quote. I'm going to have to use that in future writings. Thank you!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Very sad story at the beginning. Poor wee lad.

      Life is a short trip that is sometimes past before the person even realises that they are alive. Life and all it's complexities is definitely worth the ride.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, you said it beautifully....past before the person even realizes that they are alive. Perfectly said my friend. Thank you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Life is choices and some are not either/or. I treasure life passionately, and know there is room for a variety of investments of it. Being keenly aware is required if one is to use the time well.

      Using one's talents and applying oneself to learn new things are among choices with value. What is truly inappropriate, as you point out, is trading-off valuable applications of the self for less-valuable ones. Sometimes one must try things to be in a position to accurately assess their true value - and to oneself and at the specific time. Others' values often won't apply. The one-size-fits-all is seldom a custom fit, whether it's using the opportunities which technology brings or any other choice.

      It is how one uses the things one finds time to include which tell the tale. There are some 'wasteful' pursuits which actually are vital to one's breadth, health and even to one's vigorous longevity. At the end of a day, one needs to take stock and know the direction in which its leading, so as to alter or plan accordingly.

      If one is fully alive and aware, one is constantly making choices. In fact this is one right now, replying to your excellent hub, which was a choice of yours when you wrote it and as you respond to people's comments. Good choices.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nellieanna, that is an eloquent comment. Thank you so much for making the choice to leave something of substance here.

      I wish you happiness this weekend my friend. Thank you!

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      I have to say I was in need of this wake up call. Fallen into a little gloom and doom recently (due to health problems) However, this is no excuse for making the most of every minute of every day. In fact, it should be the opposite. Dusting myself off now, thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      travmaj, so glad to hear you are dusting yourself off. It is so easy to do, slip into those funks....have a wonderful last week of April.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Beautiful, profound, and inescapably real. I sometimes think about this when I see my granddaughter who is now 14 months old. She has such an inquisitive mind…always exploring everyone and everything around her with a zest and interest in life that is unusual for someone her age. This is a life lived, already. This is that spirit we hold dear, and wish for everyone to know and to embrace. Excellent hub, Bill, as always.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I meant to add that she always keeps grandma "Mimi" on her toes...and Mummy and Daddy as well. :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, I love it. I love to watch little kids and I greatly enjoy seeing the world through their eyes. Everything is a mystery to be solved for a young child, and everything is captivating and a marvel. It really is a great lesson for us adults.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, I have no doubt that Grandma Mimi loves every minute of it.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      This one brought tears to my eyes, Bill. It also reminded me that I have to get busy on my project - fixing up my old 3-speed bicycle - my only mode of transportation right now. It's in pieces, rusty and in great need of greasing. The last time I was on it, I was in the middle of a huge thunderstorm with rain and wind in my face. The only other time I've felt as free is when I was on my motorcycle years ago, and of course when I turned my life over to the Lord. The only regret I'll probably have is that I've seen far too many sunsets and not enough sunrises. Thanks for reminding me of how precious life is.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I love your description of being free in the wind and rain. Love it! Have a precious day my friend.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I speak and write about this very topic often and every once in a while, something else will come up and prompt me to write about it again. Why? Because it can't be emphasized enough. Life is too short and can get taken away at any moment, without hesitation. It's a scary but mind-boggling and eye-opening though. From the movie Shawshank Redemption, "Get Busy Living, or Get Busy Dying." Excellent hub, Bill and wonderful message.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, I am blown away by the number of people who waste a good portion of their lives on the mundane....as if they have a savings account filled with endless time. Not this boy, and obviously not you....thank you for a great comment.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You know that I am following my dream. I don't want to stop, nor will I.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know you are, Deb, and I know you won't. :) Thanks for being here yet again.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Amen to all that! It is terrible when anyone dies but the death of a young person is so difficult to understand especially when they're not even ill.

      A young lad who went to the school where I taught was walking home one night with a friend, at the side of a road, in the dark, was struck by a car and killed. He was about to go to college (that's higher education here), fulfil his dreams of studying music, he'd managed to cope with his dyslexia.... for what? Well, actually he inspired many of his friends and was liked by many but why? why? why? we ask. One dropped dead on the football pitch. It's incomprehensible and all we can do is 'seize the day'.

      Young children are my inspiration to go out and do just that; they give me life, energy and a strong desire to show them everything I know. They show me a wonder and an enthusiasm about life that is infectious.

      Yep, we should all go out and grab that dream and revel in the whole world about us.

      Great message, bill.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, those are wonderful, and tragic, example of this article. I had a very active and full life when I was younger, but I really didn't appreciate it for what it was until I got older. Now, every moment is precious to me. When my time comes, I'm going to leave this world kicking and screaming "I'M NOT READY YET!!!!!

      Enjoy your Sunday my friend

      bill

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Oh me too; I still have so much to do!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I'll be following along as you experience it all.....what a wonderful future ahead for both of us.

      bill

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