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Days of Our Lives Episode Two: Finding Your Treasures

Updated on September 25, 2015

Words of My Father

“He doesn’t have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of.”

If that isn’t a great description of being poor, I don’t know what is. What my dad lacked in formal education he more than made up for with blunt street-wise common sense and a no-bullshit attitude.

The first time I heard my father say that particular pearl of wisdom, he was talking about a distant relative of ours who had just lost his home to the bank. I asked my dad why our relative just didn’t pay his bills…seemed simple enough to me. Dad told me that life is rarely that easy. Sometimes bad things happen to good people, he said, and money wasn’t something you could count on indefinitely.

That made no sense to me when I was ten. Money was money, right? You worked hard, you earned money, you paid your bills and everything worked out, or so I thought.

Oh, the hubris of youth!

My dad just smiled at me and told me it just ain’t that easy.

Now I know.

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Both Ends of the Financial Spectrum

I’ve been homeless and I’ve made a six-figure income. Don’t ask me to explain it because I can’t. I’ve had to scrounge for a week’s supply of mac-n-cheese and I’ve eaten at the finest restaurants. Off-the-rack clothes, bargain bin cast-offs and made-by-loving hand, one stitch at a time, my closet has looked dusty and empty one year and filled with the finest the next. I’ve slept in my car for weeks and owned fourteen homes. I have three college degrees, a fact that kept me warm on nights I ran my paper route along the mean streets, rubbing shoulders with other college graduates.

Life is rarely that easy and cannot be explained away with dime novel philosophy.

You live it. You deal with it. You move forward.

Or you give up and become a statistic.

Ain't she a beauty?
Ain't she a beauty? | Source

My Wife

And then there’s Bev. While I joke now about my year of tossing newspapers, she did it for thirteen years as a single mother, raised her four children lovingly, purchased her one and only home, scraped out a living while supplying ample portions of love and compassion for all she met.

No diplomas adorn her walls, but those walls are filled with framed photos of smiling kids and deliriously happy family memories.

For her the mantra is you live it, you love it and you always reach out a helping hand to those who need it.

And Then We Met

The perfect blending of philosophies? I won’t go that far, but it’s worked so far. We do, to borrow a heavily used phrase, complete each other.

And like my father, lessons have been learned and will be dispensed upon request.

One such lesson pertains to the treasures of life.

Shall we?

I was twenty-four, full of piss and vinegar, when I bought a Porsche. Oh sure, I loved the speed and the way it handled, hugging the road as the rpms screamed and I took it through its paces, but I also loved having others see me in it, a symbol that I was making it in the game of life, that I had arrived and I was a player. Look at me, world, I’m here, I’m climbing the ladder of success, ain’t I grand?

Today I drive a 1997 Ford Ranger pickup truck with a passenger door that will only open six inches.

Look at me, world, I’m here, I’m climbing the ladder of success, ain’t I grand?

The thing is, my wife and I love that old truck. In many ways it is a perfect reflection of who we are as people today. It’s seen some rough roads. It’s got some rust on the underbelly, and it doesn’t accelerate as well as it once did, but it still gets from Point A to Point B reliably. It’s not flashy by any means. It’s just a truck doing what trucks do.

Same as us.

Don't bother to wipe your feet...we certainly don't
Don't bother to wipe your feet...we certainly don't | Source

Walk Through Our Home with Us

The first thing you’ll notice when you walk through the front door of our 1950’s rambler is there is nothing new in our home. The furniture is all secondhand. The floors need new coverings. There are small holes in the walls and a few stains on the ceilings from the kids’ science experiments gone bad. Tile needs replacing, the roof needs replacing and a little extra insulation sure wouldn’t hurt as winter approaches.

The piano, bought at a garage sale, needs tuning. Throw rugs hide stains and when they become threadbare they are replaced by the latest trendsetters at Goodwill.

I would be concerned that a good wind would flatten this house if it were not for the foundation.

The foundation is strong.

The frame is sound.

Just like the people who live within that framing.

Bev and I learned a few truths growing up.

Would you like to know what those truths are?

Truth Number One

Listen closely because I’m only going to say this once.

Wealth is not measured by the number of possessions you own.

I’ll match our wealth with any of you, and the degree of our wealth would become apparent to you as soon as you met us. We’ve got all the intangibles. We’ve got laughter. We’ve got compassion for others. We’ve got ready smiles that carry us through the tough times. And we’ve got love.

Our home, despite its outward appearance, sparkles because of its inhabitants.

Truth Number Two

There is a certain advantage those who have lost everything have over those who have never lost in a big way. As a mentor of mine once said, “Bill, don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff.”

I see it among our friends. I see it online on social media. My car broke down and I’m having a shitty day. The bills are piling up and I hate life. My boss is a creep who doesn’t appreciate me, the power went out and the food spoiled, the cat ran away and the kids are driving me nuts. Life sucks and then you die.

Don’t sweat the small stuff and it’s all small stuff.

The same mentor also told me, “Bill, you could make a typhoon out of a glass of water.” True words back in the day. Life was a crisis for me at that time. Every single day was a challenge. Every person and everything that happened were obstacles holding me back from my potential.

What a bunch of b.s.

I didn’t know real challenge until I found myself with no job, no money, no food and no shelter.

Don’t sweat the small stuff and it’s all small stuff.

And my wife will tell you the same thing.

She’s lived hardship.

Today she lives love.

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And the Final Truth

The word “treasure” comes from the Old French meaning something of great worth or value. It seems to me this leaves the definition up for interpretation depending on our value system. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure, true? But it also points out the nebulous nature of treasure. Any treasure that has physical properties, like gold, possessions, or whatever, is transitory. In other words, it can be gained and it can be lost.

Conversely, any treasure that is based on internal values will always remain, as long as we are receptive to it and willing to allow it.

As long as my values are based upon love, compassion, empathy and friendship, any treasures I derive from those pursuits will always remain with me.

In other words, my wife and I are permanently rich and will always be so.

How about you?

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh goodness no, Kim! Been there and done that myself and it is not a fun experience. Best wishes to you.

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      ocfireflies 20 months ago from North Carolina

      Same here. Not really wanting the snow, but will take it if it means getting the temps above zero. Had pipes freeze and bust/burst whatever the heck you want to call it and so do not want to go through that again.

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Winter was a little late arriving in your parts but it has finally arrived with a vengeance. No snow here this winter. I used to love snow but I gotta tell you, I'm fine if it doesn't happen here for a few years. :)

      bill

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      ocfireflies 20 months ago from North Carolina

      Bill,

      You have what really matters, and even better, you realize that. That is beauty in its purest form.

      Calling for snow which I will take as that will mean warmer weather. Kind of funny, but true.

      Blessings,

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I did know that, Eric. My tool shop is filled with rusty implements and amazingly they do their job if I do mine. :)

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      Eric Dierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very well done. Nice to reflect on our values. My wife still has affinity for things which is good for me. I care so little about things that I often fail to take care of them. Did you know that a rusty rake rakes as well as a shiny one?

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lawrence! I have the feeling I would have liked your dad very much.

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      Lawrence Hebb 23 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      My dad had two sayings that have stuck with me (actually a lot more than that but two stand out after this hub)

      1). "We don't have much money, but we do see life" usually just after we'd seen something that brought a smile to faces!

      2). "I'm the wealthiest man in town" it took me a while to realize he wasn't talking about money!

      Really enjoyed this hub

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, a mission and a goal...and happiness as a bonus. How cool is that? Thank you and hooray for both of us.

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      Deb Hirt 23 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      As the old saying goes, you know nothing about life until you've lived it. Like you, in many ways we have lived a parallel. I have not walked in your shoes, but I have known many that have, and I took the time to talk to them and hear their story. I have found the fountain of happiness, which has nothing to do with preconceived notions of success. My happiness is intangible, I possess little, but what I do have makes me wealthier than anyone. I have a mission and a goal. That's it.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Frank, I've always loved that line about the UHaul...thanks for being here.

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      Frank Atanacio 24 months ago from Shelton

      thank you for sharing the days of your life.. You can't take it with you, I've never seen a U-Haul truck following a funeral procession.. great share as you cover every instinct of growing up Billybuc... awesome

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, we both done good. We came to a place of peace and love and recognized it as heaven right here on earth. How cool is that?

      Hugs, blessings and love coming your way

      bill

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Smile, all I can say to that is it took me long enough. :) Thank you for your kind words, my friend, and blessings to you always.

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      Smilealot 24 months ago

      Another great instalment in your new series. You've acquired a mountain of wisdom over the years Bill, thanks for sharing it with us :-))

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      Patricia Scott 24 months ago from sunny Florida

      There was a time when I was a fan of 'stuff' and I still have some 'stuff' in my home. But all of the stuff could be gone tomorrow and as long as I have family and friends to love, it is more than enough for me.

      So much of what you say I too have lived.

      And fortunately like you have, I learned what life offers that we value has nothing to do with things.

      You done good....awesome awesome as usual.

      More winged creatures are on the way to you and yours ps

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, I know for sure you understand this timeless message. Wishing you all the love you can handle, today and always. Thank you!

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      Genna East 24 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I think Mike (Mcbirdbks) said it so well in echo of this beautiful piece... "You have figured out the meaning of life. 'You can't take it with you.' Unless it is love." Absolutely! :-)

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Cris! There is truth all around us if we are willing to see it. I had blinders on for decades...now my vision is 20/20, thank God.

      blessings and hugs from Olympia

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, your reflections are always welcomed and appreciated here. You have lived the struggle and you have found wisdom from it. Give me the voice of experience based on struggle any day of the week.

      blessings to you and yours, my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, truer words were never written...the world needs inner reflection before we all spin out of control. Thank you for sharing your reflection. Have a terrific week!

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Larry! Much-appreciated!

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      CrisSp 24 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you for sharing another good story. I like reading true stories or those inspired by true events. We learn from them. We get motivated and inspired by them.

      "Wealth is not measured by the number of possessions you own." ~

      You conveyed the ultimate truth at the heart of our existence Bill and I think I've found some treasures in this hub - valuable lessons.

      Love from the sky~

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      Michael-Milec 24 months ago

      Hello Bill.

      'Per passionem ad gloriam,’ -a first thought crossed my mind while reading your personal life's journey toward that ultimate goal of success every single human being is entitled to. Hard road, countless obstacles? Yours are unique, so are mine , not two identical I suppose. We might not be making bad choices when bad things are happening since many hard learned lessons come when our best intentions turn opposite because of “ lack of experience.” A few of those I might never understand. You have had chance to learn of being homeless, I instead lost count of number of addresses I lived in. In my life I always had more than what I needed ( a little was always enough for me) and I never wanted what I could not afford. If I do not understand myself, doesn’t bother me, only because in very early youth I memorized “Through Suffering To Glory” - that is yet to come.

      Have a very blessed and successful week my friend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 24 months ago from Central Florida

      Sometimes we don't see what's right in front of us until we've had to climb out of the dirt. Until then, what really matters - those intangibles - seem negligible or non-existent.

      I'm thankful for the dirt from which I've had to climb a time or two. Clarity hit me in the face when I dusted myself off. Money can't buy what really matters in life.

      I love this new series. Your reflections cause your readers to do the same. That's what the world needs now: inner reflection.

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      Larry Rankin 24 months ago from Oklahoma

      Always an interesting perspective.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      and I'm happy for you, Pop! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences. Blessings to you always, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, thanks for sharing that about your father. As for the Rangers, I think Ford should pay me for advertising for them. I brag to anyone who will listen about the Ford Ranger being the greatest truck on the road. :)

      Happy weekend to you, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Damn you cancer indeed, Audrey. I'm so sorry for your loss...for the kids' loss....thank you for sharing that...it's an important message.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, I have to tell you, I think your comment is more beautiful than my hub. Thank you for a beautiful reflection.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I haven't heard of a Hudson Terraplane in decades. Just that made your comment a classic, and then the bonus was laughing at tying the door closed. Thanks so much for the great laugh.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Jackie! Very true. Thanks for mentioning that, and I hope you have a very rich weekend. :)

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      breakfastpop 24 months ago

      I have felt rich all my life and I am not talking about money. I'm happy for you and Bev.

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      Venkatachari M 24 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Life is really very hard to live. Only few people are lucky to be comfortable in this world. I along with my family experienced many hardships even till my retirement. Always adjusting with insufficient income. Your proverb in the first sentence will suit me. Nothing to say my property. But there has been much of non-physical wealth in our family. like love, emotional bondage, mutual trust, etc. which was sufficient to live peacefully.

      Presently, I am blessed with my younger son having a job of good income and a car from office. But, we are sorry that my wife could not see these good days.

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      Bill De Giulio 24 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Your use of the word treasure has a very strong and emotional meaning for me. During my fathers last few days on this earth he made a point of telling us (his kids and grandkids) we were all his treasures. Something I'll never forget.

      The second thing that I can relate to is that I owned a 1987 Ford Ranger for over 15 years until I passed it to my son. A great vehicle that most certainly got me from point A to point B.

      Have a great weekend.

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      Audrey Hunt 24 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Bill - Your message really hit home for me 9 years ago. As I tearfully said goodbye to my son, Todd, lying so still in his Lakers shirt, I thought of how hard he worked to provide his 4 children with the best of everything. None of that mattered anymore. All those kids wanted was their dad. All I wanted was my son. Damn you cancer!

      Your story carries a valuable lesson. Thank God for you Bill.

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      Brian Leekley 24 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Take it as it comes; do what seems right; do your best and next time do it better; hope and expect to achieve your intentions; love everyone full blast as appropriate to the moment; choose work that is love incarnate; enjoy the trip through life—that's the reflection that came to mind after reading this beautiful, insightful hub.

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      drbj and sherry 24 months ago from south Florida

      What a lovely guide to living this is, Bill. I am overjoyed that you and Bev are so happy together. Have you thought of sharing through your writing how you both met?

      Laughed out loud when I read about your '97 pickup truck with a door that would not close. Reminded me of my future husband's first car - a Hudson Terraplane with a door that had to be tied closed with a string. Honest! And I married him anyway.

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      Jackie Lynnley 24 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Great story Bill and thanks for sharing it. One thing about America is the very poorest are rich compared to many in other countries. I sometimes feel sorry for myself I wasn't born rich and then I think what all I really have. You are so right; material things are the least of it.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sis, it's an admission I can make too, about similar circumstances, many years ago....thank the gods I found Bev so I could experience it again. I spent a lot of years chasing my own tail, Paula, and I'm damned tired of that nonsense. :) Always good to have you drop by...take care and have a super weekend.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It took me years too, Ruby, but now that I've learned it I won't be forgetting it. :) Thanks for the visit and the lovely comment.

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      Paula 24 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      This is a simple admission for me. Just requires a memory from 1968. My husband and I lived in a 3-room efficiency with basics only, in a small town off base, Fort Dix, NJ. Away from home & family, I was young and expecting our first baby. No phone, a B&W TV w/ rabbit ears, no laundra-mat....I washed our clothes in the tub. A table for 2, a 20 inch stove & tiny fridge...a bed & a couch. That's it.

      Although my life has been up, down & all around, with my share of "enough" of everything. I can state, without a moment's hesitation, before man & God.......In 47 years, I have not known such utter bliss & true peace.......Truer words I cannot speak. "I Miss the Hungry Years" (Neil Sedaka)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 24 months ago from Southern Illinois

      It took me years to learn that things are just things. Don't misunderstand, I love my home and all my treasures but family, friends and love comes first. Great insight into the Holland home. Thank you..

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      and thank you, Ann!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Bill. That was extremely kind of you to say.

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      Ann Carr 24 months ago from SW England

      Haven't we just! Thank you.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, you and I have got it all and ain't that wonderful?

      Travel safely and prepare for warm hugs from those loved ones. Happy weekend to you and I look forward to that email.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      As it should be, Clive. Thank you sir!

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, hopefully some of us learn as we grow older. These lessons I've learned seem so obvious now. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Victory to me for sure, Manatita! I am one blessed human being, but then I've paid my dues and was wiling to grow, so I get some credit. :) Thank you, my friend, and blessings always.

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      William Leverne Smith 24 months ago from Hollister, MO

      You are a treasure to me, Bill. Thank you for sharing what you do have with us... this long list of regular commenters... and all your readers who do not comment! ;-)

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      Ann Carr 24 months ago from SW England

      You certainly know how to live! I've been down in the doldrums on the money front and on the marriage front and now I know what's worth what. Give me family, love, family, love, and love any day. We are rich too, my soul-mate and I and we're blessed to have a family rich in love around us.

      Lovely message to start the weekend. We're going home to our loved ones tomorrow and I can't wait to see them again!

      Have a wise and wonderful weekend, bill! I know you will.

      Ann :) (I haven't forgotten about the email.)

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      Clive Williams 24 months ago from Nibiru

      My family is my treasure. Nice

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 24 months ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, your philosophy of life is admirable. You've got love, family, contentment and peace of mind--all of which some would be happy to buy. Enjoy your wealth!

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      manatita44 24 months ago from london

      Lots of life lessons in this one, Bro, and how you tell them well!

      Pranams to the adverse years and shadows; commendations on meeting your complete Self. Victory to you!

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Buildreps, it's good to see you again. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are well.....love, friendship and companionship...the holy trinity of happiness. Nicely stated, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      So much the better for sure, Linda. Thank you for your kind words. We consider ourselves pretty lucky.

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      Buildreps 24 months ago from Europe

      Goooood morning Bill! It's here already 19:00. What a difference, isn't it? I can agree with every little word you wrote - it's brilliant. I've seen also all degrees of wealth and poverty and the only thing that's really there is love, true friendship and companionship. The rest is b.s. like you've beautifully said. I wish you a great weekend.

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      Linda Lum 24 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, what a beautiful note on which to end the week. You and Bev have found the key to real happiness. Happy for you. And if your words resonate with even just one person and cause them to reassess, so much the better.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      letstalkabouteduc...we can strongly hope that the Pope's message is received in that manner. He is a man of peace and humility and we could use a few more like him. :) Thanks for reflecting with me.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, I would never discount formal education. I'm the man I am because of a combination of street smarts and formal education. Thanks for mentioning that and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary. I wish for you a weekend filled with blessings of love and family.

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      McKenna Meyers 24 months ago from Bend, OR

      I love that line: "Don't sweat the small stuff and it's ALL small stuff." That makes me think of my 7th grade son who is so serious and intense these days. He made me want to drive into oncoming traffic yesterday when I took him to school. He was so worried about being late to class even though we had plenty of time. Now I'm 50 and in a totally different place than he is -- tired of playing by the rules and tired of stressing over things that don't matter. It gives me hope that the Pope's visit here has garnered a lot of attention and his message about living a life about love -- and not about accumulating wealth and stuff -- seems to be resonating. Very uplifting hub, Bill!

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      FlourishAnyway 24 months ago from USA

      Sime people take years to learns this and others never do. Adversity is a good teacher, although I don't discount formal education.

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      Mary Craig 24 months ago from New York

      As always Bill, you hit the nail on the head. The small stuff doesn't matter, ever. Love is what matters. Of course, as others have said here, it takes us a good many years to figure that out.

      A happy life is one filled with the blessings of love and family.

      Enjoy your happy life and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, if I made you smile then my job is done as a writer today. Thank you. I could see the flash from your smile 3000 miles away.

      love my friend...it's all about love

      bill

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, you had me laughing there....same trash, different location. LOL Thanks for the chuckle...true words for sure, my friend.

      Happy Weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Zulma. Enjoy your time with that force of nature. :)

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      Maria Jordan 24 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh Bill,

      You make me smile from the inside out...

      And now, I have The Beatles in my mental soundtrack...so thank you for that too.

      "All you need is LOVE..."

      Have a glorious weekend. Love, Maria

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      MizBejabbers 24 months ago

      Bill, my friend, I think when you get our age (and I’m slightly older than you), if you haven’t learned what’s important in life by then, you’re never gonna learn. Looks like you’ve learned yours quite well. I appreciate this series and look forward to each promised installment.

      One thing before I sign off. I think when I changed the old adage into “one man’s trash looks just like my trash” and stopped going to yard sales, I was better off. When I got the “treasure” home, it looked just like my own trash (with a couple of rare exceptions, of course). Have a great weekend!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 24 months ago from United Kingdom

      What are you gonna do, eh? We were their age once. We know they are going to make the same mistakes we made. All we can do is hope they learn from those mistakes the same way we did...oh here comes my little force of nature now. Gotta go.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I understand completely, Marlene. Bev has a couple friends who have it made financially. They drive their BMWs over and wear their nicest clothes, and we're like in jeans and sweatshirts, and there are stains on the walls and dog hair, and rabbit poop...LOL and we love it.

      You and I are rich, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine and I hope your weekend is a smashing success in every way.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, my son and your oldest daughter would get along quite nicely. :) And I don't say that lightheartedly.

      Thank you! I have too many series going on right now. It's a nice problem to have.

      Have a wonderful weekend in Jolly Old England. The rains have returned to Olympia.

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      Marlene Bertrand 24 months ago from Northern California, USA

      A few weeks ago some friends from our past were passing through our neck of the woods and wanted to stop by for a visit. At first, my husband and I hesitated. We didn't want them to see where we live. They would laugh at our tiny little place out in the middle of the country. They are still jet setting with their high six-figure income and for a few seconds my husband and I were embarrassed to let them see where we landed in life. We came to our senses and finally said yes to the visit. After the visit we realized how happy we are living our simple little life while our friends are stressed out trying to maintain their high life style. Even though they talked about their trips here and there (trips we use to take with them) when we waved goodbye, we were anxious to shake off that visit so that we could get back to our simple little way of living. Money is tight in our household. There is rarely any to spare. In fact, this week I took pictures of some things I could sell on eBay for money. It's OK. That's life. You just live it. Right?

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      Janine Huldie 24 months ago from New York, New York

      Aw, you two are most definitely rich in so many ways, love being at the top. Thanks for sharing with us, Bill and have a wonderful weekend now! :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 24 months ago from United Kingdom

      Life is as hard as you want it to be. That's what I tell my kids; especially my oldest girl who seems to determined to make it as hard as possible for herself. (sigh) Been there, done that, so I get it. All we can do as a family is let her chase her dreams...and be here to remind her of what she already has, when things don't quite work out: a strong support system consisting of people who know all her faults and still love and believe in her. That is the family treasure we share with her.

      I'm liking this series so far and look forward to the next instalment. Have3 a great weekend.

      You're definitely on to a winner with this series.

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      Bill Holland 24 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It took me long enough, Mike, but yes, I do believe I've found it. :) Happy Friday my friend. I'll be by to visit the Carriage Driver shortly.

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      mckbirdbks 24 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Good morning Bill. You have figured out the meaning of life. 'You can't take it with you.' Unless it is love.