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Changing the World? What's the Point? A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on August 12, 2014

From Kansas to Katmandu

Somewhere in the world right now, Maria and Kate and Ashley and Tommy wake up from a peaceful night’s sleep. They eat their breakfast, kiss their mothers goodbye and head off to the Mall or movie theater to enjoy the day with friends.

At some point the day goes horribly wrong. Snatched, bound, gagged and sedated, they awake in a stark room devoid of furniture and yes, devoid of hope. By tomorrow they will be in a new city, possibly a new country, and by the next day they will be indoctrinated into a new lifestyle, one that involves pleasing adults who have enough money to purchase humans and treat them like toys for the depraved.

The tears will come several days later as the realization slowly creeps in that there is no hope of escape, and hundreds of miles away their mothers will sit in shock, wondering how this happened to their little babies, the ones they rocked in cradles and whispered to about daydreams of unlimited possibilities.

Somewhere in the world right now.

From D.c. to Manilla

Somewhere in the world right now, Alice and Jeannie and Faith and June wake up from a fitful night’s sleep. One more day to face, hoping against hope that their husbands or boyfriends will come home pleased with the day, and gentle in their words and actions.

Heaven forbid the job should not go well or the traffic is heavy, or any other conceived wrong should befall the men in their lives, for then their living hell will once again slam down on them with the weight of hopelessness, and leave them nursing their wounds one more time before bed.

Cook his favorite meal, be careful not to overcook it, iron his clothes, clean the house until spotless, run the errands and do the chores, give him no reason to be dissatisfied when he gets home, for dissatisfaction means anger and anger means more bruises, more hairline fractures and more excuses.

Somewhere in the world right now.

A Moment With Bill

From Toronto to Caracus

Somewhere in the world right now, Bob and Paulo and Renee and Jean wake up from a cold, hard night’s sleep on a park bench or under an overpass. They push away the rats who have gathered for warmth, bundle up their few possessions and push off down the street in search of a restaurant and new droppings in the dumpster.

The Mission will be open for a meal at lunchtime, and hopefully enough money can be made panhandling to pay for dinner and some fortification, and then back to the park bench after the cops have made their rounds for another night under the stars, the rain, the wind, sleet and snow.

They are eighteen, thirty-eight, fifty-eight and eighty-eight, from every strata of society, roaming the darkness, stumbling by those who have, enduring the taunts and insults of those who see their own failings in the eyes of the downtrodden. Hope has no meaning, nor does future, dreams and happiness. There is only now, right this moment, and staying alive.

Somewhere in the world right now.

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From Portland to Augusta

Somewhere in the world right now, Bruce and Max and Pete and Grace wake up from a haunted night, restless because of too many missions fought in too many countries. They wipe the sleep from their eyes but not the memories, and wonder what happened to that little kid who once believed the Boogie Man was only in movies.

Where others see evergreens and sunshine, our quartet, and thousands like them, see what remains after roadside bombs and sniper bullets. Where others see the beauty of innocence, they see the same short film, over and over and over again, dismemberment and trauma and lost comrades and hundreds of other constant reminders that this ain’t Kansas anymore.

Huge lines at the Veteran’s Office, slow on the pay and slower on the treatment, take a number, stand over there, be with you in a minute, sorry, lost your paperwork and could you stand in that line over there, and no, there is no available housing but if you’ll fill out this paperwork we’ll get to you in a few days and oh, yes, thanks for serving our nation, now move along please.

Somewhere in the world right now.

From London to Perth

Somewhere in the world right now, Pierre and Alicia and Georgette and Martin wake to another day without sunshine. They dress for the day, kiss their kids goodbye and head out the door of their tenement to begin the first of two jobs and sixteen hours of work.

The bus is on time, filled to the brim with more of the modern-day working stiffs, barely above the economic waters and wondering how much longer they can tread water. They are one paycheck from abject poverty, but stiff upper lip and remember to tell the kids about this wonderful country and any man or woman can make it if they work hard enough and if bullshit were gold we could live in a gated community and don’t worry about the pushers selling their capsules of momentary illusion, just don’t look at them and you will be invisible for one more day.

First job done, second one coming up, minimum wage, not looking for a handout, just looking for a hand up, big difference but not to the fat cats who make the rules but have never experienced, man, experienced…..empathy and compassion come from experience, man, and those two things are in short supply, so push on and push on, until you simply can’t push on any longer.

Somewhere in the world right now.

What’s the Point Bill?

What the hell are you doing, Bill? Do you really think you can change the world? Do you really think you can make a difference one person at a time? Have you lost all semblance of logic? The problems are too many. Plain and simple, dude, the flood gates can’t hold back the flood any longer.

Millions taken from the streets for sex trafficking. Millions dying from homelessness and millions suffering abuse; still more millions of veterans without help and toss in the millions who are one paycheck away from the Poorhouse….count them up, Bill, and even you, you Pollyanna idiot, will have to admit there is no stopping it.

Hell, don’t even get started talking about the environment and what mankind is doing to insure that this world has no healthy future. Don’t even get started talking about corporations making billions from the misery of others, and their futures safe because of politicians bought and paid for.

Look around you, Bill, and then just go back to writing pieces of no redeeming social value, and don’t give a second thought about the social injustices because you see, Bill, you make no difference in the grand scheme of things.

No, You Missed the Point, Dude

I do not write about sex trafficking because I believe I can change it. I do not write about homelessness because I believe I can change it, and I am not delusional to the point where I believe I can help the poor or bring major corporations to their knees. I am, after all, just one man among seven billion people, and in truth I am not much more than a pimple on the butt of history

But that is not the point my friends.

I write these articles, not with the express purpose of changing the world, but with the firm conviction that I will not allow the world to change me.

You see my friends, the day I allow empathy to be replaced by callousness, I have lost my humanness.

The day I allow my compassion to be replaced by selfishness, I have lost my humanness.

The day I allow my humility to be replaced by ego, I have lost my humanness.

And the day I turn my head and pretend that these problems do not exist, I have lost who I am.

My name is William Dale Holland and I was raised to believe that a society is only as strong as its weakest link.

I was raised to believe that those who govern derive their power from the governed, and can, and should be, replaced if they have forgotten their sacred promises of service.

I was raised to believe that a man can shed tears and still be strong, and those who do not shed tears cannot be trusted. I was raised to believe that if my fellow man is suffering then it is my responsibility to stand up and help him or her walk, and if they cannot speak then I must be their voice.

I was raised to believe that liberty and justice are not gifts bestowed upon us by benevolent rulers but are, instead, our birthright.

No, my friends, I do not write this article because I believe I will lead a massive movement of change in the world.

I write this article simply because to not write it would be a dishonor to my parents and to myself.

My name is William Dale Holland and I refuse to allow the world to change me.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, if I gave you chills then I succeeded as a writer. Thank you and yes, most definitely, keep a close eye on your daughter. This sickness is everywhere.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Phew, this gave me chills on this Sunday afternoon. It's hard to believe that this goes on, but it does. Thank you for keeping it in the limelight and I'll be keeping a stronger eye on my daughter.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, thank you my friend. There is always something we can do....just be nice to people...that would be a refreshing start now wouldn't it? :)

      love,

      billy

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A powerful read and a great read.

      As always straight to the point and of course we know we cannot change the whole world but if we all do a little bit it can only lead to good things.

      Voted up and shared ;here's to so many more to share on here.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pickles....one of these days humanity will step up and show its humanity. :)

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      All of these issues are real and terrible and you give them the attention they deserve. Good work and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, hopefully indeed....we can always hope, right? :) Thank you for your daily visit my loyal friend, and Aloha!

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Homelessness is always a big issue and solutions are hard to come by. Hopefully something will come up to help.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, I love that...die with my boots on. Thank you for your kindness.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Leslie...I love you too! I won't change if you don't. :)

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Bravo!!! I love the tone of dignity. Very inspirational, like always. You are one of those that will die with your boots on. Definitely, you are a leader Bill.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      i love you.

      i love this.

      don't ever change!

      sharing

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dim my friend, thank you! Bringing tears to the eyes of my readers is a goal....I want to reach inside people and bring out emotions, so you have made me smile with your comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, my voice will not weaken and you can take that to the bank. I was given a gift and I'm going to use that gift to bring about some sort of change. I just have to figure out how to reach more people with the message.

      blessings and a hug coming your way

      bill

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      Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

      "Somewhere in the world right now"..... What a beautifully haunting phrase repeated throughout this fantastic hub.

      Everything you say is so, so true and good for you for writing about it in such an eloquent way.

      You brought tears to my eyes but there's nothing wrong with that.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      No matter how many times it is written, it still rings true...one person at a time we DO make a difference.

      So much evil in our world but we cannot allow ourselves to despair; to give up and give in, Each of us needs to step up to the plate, be concerned, and keep shouting from the rooftops...we want things to change. Pretending these things don't exist do not make them go away. As I have said to you many times, Bill, keep your voice loud and strong.

      Angels are on the way to you tonight...ps

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No doubt about it, Deb. :) Thanks!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You will change, but it will be that of your own choosing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marion, I'm just going to keep singing this song and hope others join me in harmony. :)

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      marion langley 4 years ago from The Study

      Agreed we must remain aware, sensitive, and human. Lest we overlook our opportunities to make a difference. Thank-you for inspiring all to action Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia! Just food for thought my friend....just food for thought. :)

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very powerful and thought provoking hub, Bill. Thank you for creating it. It's something that we all need to read.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Annette, I am flattered and humbled...thank you very much for your praise and kind words. You made my day. :)

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      Annette Hendley 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      What can I say? Brilliant, excellent. You manage to capture the essence of so many wrongs. The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis - Dante. If all we can do is to speak out then that is what we have to do and that is what you did. I am going to share this everywhere. One of the best pieces I read in a very long time. I am glad I know you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ziyena, thank you very much. I don't know if it will make it to the top, but I felt pretty good about it. :)

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      ziyena 4 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

      Billy, this article is a HUB that will make its way to the top. What I was impressed about was the way you managed to bring to life the victims in every part of the world, and every facet of life, and then show how easily something so cruel can happen to them. Two thumbs up my friend

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, your comment was music to my ears this morning...thank you so much. This is the type of writing that feeds this writer's soul.....I wish I could reach more people with my message....life is just too short to short-change ourselves and settle for less....I for one won't do it. :) Blessings and hugs to you my friend

      bill

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Billy,

      I really try to refrain from using the word favorite, when I get all excited and emotional about a piece of writing, but I am responsibly claiming this as my new favorite. You have a gift for motivating and inspiring those around you and you writing skills are superb... but this has an element of story telling that I so appreciate. You kind of knock people out of their daily reality and into life's reality. Your whole concept about maybe not changing the world, but not allowing the world to change you, is probably the coolest thing I've ever heard and exactly how I want to live and exactly how I'd like to see others live as well. It's so easy to fall into the 'holes' that are all over the earth, but you're learning to jump over them and even fill some in from time to time.

      Voted EVERYTHING... the pimple on the butt of history, justified funny! :D

      Hugs to you and I hope you have a wonderful day!

      Cat

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE...I appreciate the warm comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, one cannot help but be sad when faced with these truths....and yet we can't let the sadness overwhelm us, or jade us into no action at all.

      Thank you for the visit and fine comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I cannot improve on your comment. I loved that song by the Hollies so many years ago, and it often brought me to tears....and this hub is why. :)

      Thank you and I hope your Wednesday is magical.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, that is the perfect name for your business and I love it....and Erin loves it too. Well done, and no matter what the future sales may be, you are already a success.

      love,

      billy

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blond, thank you....thank you! What's it gotta do with me? Only everything. :)

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, as long as there is a handful of determined people who refuse to allow the ugliness to overwhelm them, then there is hope. Thank you so much my friend.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, I am "speechless." Thank you so much for taking the time in the wee hours to leave such a wonderful comment. I may have just hit the zenith of my writing career with this comment. I have no other words but thank you.

      Aloha my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bravo, Martin! The world is a better place because of people like you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      manatita, there is beauty everywhere if we are willing to see it. :) Thanks again!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      travel man, I hope it is read by those people too.....I doubt it will be but one can always hope, right? :) Thank you!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A wonderful thought here and you do it so well in getting your point across to HP readers and more

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      After reading this it really does show that our problems fade after seeing these things, people just try to make the best of their lives and horrible things get in the way, I do know what you mean about whether it changes us or not, to me, it just makes me feel so sad that these things happen, great thoughts as always billy, nell

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      "Whatsoever you do for the least of my brethren that you do unto Me." That my friend is what this hub is all about. Sure changing the world would be nice and we need to be reminded of the ills that must be addressed but it is more than your convictions, it is your actions. Whether by writing, speaking or doing, you make a difference. We cannot stop and we cannot ignore what goes on around us, not while one person or child suffers unnecessarily.

      Forgive my second cliché but "He ain't heavy he's my brother". ALL men are our brothers, big and small, young and old. God help us to help them.

      Okay, before I write my own hub, I think you get my point. This is an excellent moving and rousing hub!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      As always Billy another true gem from you. Volumes of truth and the sobering realisation that the world can be such a bleak place at times. All your comment s speak volumes about you my friend and have made such a difference to HubPages ; actually have made a difference to all your followers. I need to catch up with many of yours ( and others)too ;this week has seen me adoringly sat down to watch our new babies and sorting out a web page from my new business venture which we have decided to name 'Erin's Box Of Secrets'.

      Lots of love to you and Bev from my little corner of Wales.

      Eddy.

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      Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

      Beautifully written Bill.

      I think it's easy to go through life not glancing to the sides seeing real life. Wrapped in our little cocoons of nice cars, houses and plasma screens. We tune out anything unpleasant, that might sully us.

      We live in an era of 'What's it gotta do with me'.

      I agree with Joe, our Hawaiian friend, this is a very powerful piece.

      Thank you Bill.

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

      Bill, this world is a beautiful place; however, there is much that is ugly beyond belief. When I read your articles I know goodness and beauty will prevail. It is so easy to be overwhelmed by the unfairness, and in some cases the pure evil that surrounds us, but one voice can reach the hearts of many.

      This article is strongly felt and so powerful!....from a heart full of truth and beauty. No my friend, the world will never change you.:)

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Wee hours of the morning, Bill, and I feel like marching.

      This is by far one of the most outstanding personal essays I have ever read.

      To do you justice in terms of providing you with unique feedback, all I can say is that I felt the literary cadence in your rousing speech--yes, let's call it like we see it!--and I was magically transported back in time to the 60's. Your choice of words; the rising tension; the different sentence lengths; powerful images that underscore the fervor of your intent; and the very clever casting of four imaginary yet solidly fleshed-out "Everyman" characters in your vignettes had me rhythmically moving with the crowd.

      In 1961, I marveled at JFK's "Ask Not..." inaugural speech. Just a couple of years later, I reveled in MLK's "I Have a Dream..." inspirational speech.

      A half century later, I am caught up in the unforgettable delivery of WDH's charismatic speech.

      Thank you for sharing your extraordinary talent with us, Bill! Aloha, my friend!

      Joe

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. As a Freemason I was blessed to direct some major benefits for the Bay Area public schools. In 1999 I received an award from the SFUSD.

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      My empathy, travelman1971. You and Bill are right, of course. Just wanted to say that I have been there and Manila also has it's own beauty. I'm sure you know this.

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Thank for citing Manila on this hub. There are many homeless in my country. Informal settlers are now being moved to safer housing projects, but they insisted that their jobs are in the big city. This is one socio-political problem that prevails in my country, Philippines. I hope this article will be read by our politicians and those who care, really care for the homeless.

      Voted up and shared!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mark! High praise and I am humbled by it.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I thought of you when I was writing this...truly. This is the writing I love. I doubt there will ever be any money in it, but it feeds my soul and that's enough. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      W1, thank you so much. I have no plans of changing....way too late for that to happen now. :)

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

      This is quite simply one of your best Bill.

      keep on "Not Changing!"

      Mark

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a gut wrenching write from the heart. It made me feel sad but feeling sad is not enough. We all can do more to help the needy and stop looking the other way. It is not just the needy. People are on a tightrope just trying to exist. I get at least a dozen emails daily to give to a political party. I delete them. There was a time when i gave and gave some more, but i do not see much being done to help like i once did. Bill i love to read when you write from your heart. Thank you my friend..

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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      This is a great writing. I sometimes think about an arcade locally and what that arcade locally represents in negative way. The occupants of this arcade could become doctors, dentist and other professionals instead certain occupants are well laborers. Do not become callous. I shall try not to also. Thank you billybuc.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, I think we are all guilty of myopic eyesight from time to time.....the reminder is as much for me as anyone else. Thank you my friend and blessings to you always.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stephen, thank you very much for your kind words and your reflection. You just gave me an idea for a future hub and I thank you for that inspiration. I had to learn the hard way as well; it seems to be the only way I do learn. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lillee, thank you so much for the smile on my face. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you drbj....I have to let loose occasionally and do some real writing or I"ll explode. :)

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      With this beautiful piece of work, Bill, you have used your heart and your talent to remind all of us that change begins with each one of us. Thank you for taking the time and effort to remind us.

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      Lillee McLoflin 4 years ago from Texas

      I agree completely Stephen. A great comment for a great hub. Great job on this one Bill! Thanks for the wake up call. Love to read your posts.

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      stephensaldana 4 years ago from Chicago

      Great hub Bill! I am too often guilty of wishing for something that I might work towards in the future. Most of the time when I get it then it wasn't nearly as great as I had dreamed that it would be. Then I'm off to try and get something else that really won't make me happy either. This is a great hub to remind us to stop and be thankful that we are not in one of these terrible situations and be grateful for what we have. I've learned the hard way that things do not bring happiness. Instead invest in your family and your relationships and they will pay far greater dividends than any material thing ever could. Live for the moment instead of wishing your life away thinking it will be better in the future and try to experience every special moment while it's happening. Thanks for the reminder Bill!

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, 'There, but for the Grace of God go I'. Thanks for this poignant and moving reminder that our myopic view of the world needs to be adjusted.

      I'm giving this hub a standing ovation, and thinking: 'what can I do?'

      Voted Up++++

      Excellent as always, my friend ;)Pearl

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, you said it perfectly; no need for me to comment further. Thank you my friend, and blessings are coming your way from Olympia.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      God bless you, Manatita, and thank you for your comment.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, life, liberty and the pursuit (which is key, the pursuit) of happiness, and I know I am so blessed beyond measure just to sleep in a warm, safe bed with soft pillows each night instead of that asphalt earth with a concrete pillow! No matter what our situation is this day, we can do something with the God-given gifts we have been given to help another, even on this very day, despite whether we are having a bad day or not!

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      Grim image; strong convictions. God wants all His warriors to project or serve in many ways. The spirit is there, I commend you. God speed!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I'm preaching to the choir with this hub and others like it, but hopefully others will read it and internalize the message and look at their own behavior. Thank you as always for the visit my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dahlia, it is always a pleasure having you stop by. Thank you for being the person that you are; we need more like you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is indeed, Gail, and there seems to be no end to it.

      Thank you for stopping by.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      A very powerful message Bill. There is so much misery in the world. Everyone needs do to their share to help stem the tide. One man may not be able to change the world but to look the other way is a discredit to mankind. If everyone took it upon themselves to try to make the world a better place the result would be millions and millions of individuals working for a greater cause.

      Thanks for keeping us all honest and reminding us that we have an obligation to mankind to try and make this planet a better place for everyone.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Happy to read this hub Bill, and I am so glad that you made this point strong, that you will NOT let the world change you. I wish that many people considered this and behaved more humane. Thank you for this beautiful hub. Have a lovely day.

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

      What tragic and devastating realities these are for so many. It is truly heartbreaking.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, we do what we can, right? It may not seem like a lot, but it is at least something. Thanks for your words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well that's a relief, Lizzy! I lived in fear that someone would squeeze me. :)

      Thank you!

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      You ARE much more than a butt pimple.

      A beautiful piece of writing and a crucial reminder.

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      sheilamyers 4 years ago

      Amen brother! We might not be able to change the whole world, but with enough people like you (and me and probably the others who've left comments) we can at least try to change it one person at a time. When you remind us of the problems out there, we can look for the people around us who are facing one of those situations and reach out a helping hand. Thanks for that reminder!

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Beautiful hub Bill and so sad that these situations truly do exist in this world, every single day. It seems that it is only getting worse. I'm glad there are people out there, like you, who do still have compassion and don't just follow the way of the world by not caring! Glad to know you, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, what sweet words. Thank you! Yes, this came from the soul...a cry for help if you will...hopefully many are listening. :)

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      I think this article is one of your best and gives a voice to those who are denied one.

      You really conveyed your feelings in your words here. I could feel your frustation, your love and most importantly your hope.

      You speak the truth and bring it into the forefront of others minds; which is making a difference.

      This was right from your soul; which is a beautiful one.

      Anna

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, you mean I'm not the only one who feels sorry for himself sometimes? :) Thank you dear lady.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I used to take them for granted until I almost lost it all....now I try to keep my eyes open and focus a bit more on the important things in life. :) Thanks for your kind words my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Renee, hearing from people like you gives me hope. Thank you for that gift. :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      With liberty and justice for all. Amen. You remind us of just how lucky we are just when we are feeling so sorry for ourselves.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      there are few people who look at life as you do. You have learned to appreciate many things in life that some take for granted. I also was having a bad day...justifiably...but things seem a lot better..after all I have a roof, food, a bed, and money to pay bills...That alone is a lot.

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      Renee Abbott 4 years ago from Arizona

      There is a point! Someone has to try. Hopefully many someones. I know many who are trying. I know many who at times want to throw their hands up and say what the heck. Been there myself, from time to time, but still I can't stop.

      I follow a strick spiritual path, led by a group of spirit guides. Spirit realms are putting effort in as well. These are things I write on, though not on Hub any more. It has to go through another circuit.

      There is a point, and you got it!! I am grateful that you and others see it, and even though it is hard this path, we still are taking it.

      Renee

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Sha...not easy to follow but true words. :) Have a great, productive Tuesday my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Tom, good to see you again buddy. I hope you are well, and thanks for taking the time to visit and read.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, thank you for your kind words my friend...freedom...it's beautiful, isn't it? :) Have a wonderful day in Saint Kitts.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Awesome article, Bill. Maybe the world can't be changed - at least not right now - but our treatment of others can be changed. Until we know someone's story, we have no right to judge. Hell, even then we don't have the right to judge. Those who we DO judge have the right to be treated with kindness, compassion and understanding. Until we can do that, there is no hope for change in this world.

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      Tom Koecke 4 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

      Nicely done, Bill, but that's the norm for you.

      All any of us can do is try to remain human.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      I hear you, Billybuc, and your message gives hope to others who need to hear it. I'm grateful for not being in any of those calamities, for the freedom to read your words and respond, for the encouragement you give to keep overcoming the odds. Thanks for sharing your heart!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, the feeling is mutual. Thank you so much and I hope you have a wonderful day today.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Beautiful and poignant message and seriously so happy to call you my friend Bill. You are truly just a wonderful man and I know I have said it before, but thank you for just being you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I appreciate you catching this before the ink dried. This one, unlike the writing tips, came from the heart, and I love knowing that it affected others the way it affected you. Thank you my friend and have a great day.

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

      I was lucky this morning to catch this before the ink dried. My tears would have made it run anyway. I was actually bemoaning the fact I do not feel Great today. Just another day. Well I was wrong. It is a great day. And today I will help someone who does not have great days. thanks for the motorvation friend.