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Do You Make Good Choices: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on March 11, 2014

The Choices We Make

How many choices do we make during our lifetime? Millions, right? Now let me ask you another question: how many correct choices have you made? Give me a percentage…..10%? How about 30%? Or are you batting .500 with your decision-making skills?

I would love to sit down with you and discuss your answer to that question. I’m guessing there would be some of you who really would say 10%; I’m guessing there are some who would say higher than 75% although I doubt there are many in that category.

It really boils down to our outlook on life, don’t you think, and our own personal philosophy? A person who lives in the negative realm is going to think he/she makes a large percentage of horrible decisions. A more positive person, one who feels good about who they are, will have a larger percentage of correct choices.

So how about you? Are you a positive person or a negative person?

Are you aware that you can change?

A mentor of mine always left me with the following saying: “Have a nice day unless you made other plans.”

Think about it.

Which path will you choose next?
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The Paths We Follow

There was a time in my life when I believed that life was linear. By that I mean that we followed straight lines over the landscape of our existence. We start out, take a right turn here, a left turn there, and eventually we end up at some point on the roadmap and our journey is over.

Today I believe that life is circular in nature. In other words, we end up exactly where we began and where we were destined to finish our journey all along.

I’ll let you think about that later; for now, I want to let the main character in my latest novel, Toby King, talk about this subject. Toby is a writer, and I guess he is a mixture of a poet and essayist. He is a student of life, and his life has been brutal at times; still, he has arrived exactly where he was meant to arrive, and he is finally at peace.

So read the words of Toby as he gives you “The Black Hole Boogie” in free form verse.

It begins at an early age, this choice of direction
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The Black Hole Boogie

Two old men, sitting on a park bench, chess board spread out before them, knight to bishop’s three, pawn to whatever, constantly moving, constantly adjusting, constantly prodding and poking and looking for that damn advantage. Life sucks says the one; life is love says the other. Bullshit says the one; I love you says the other. You’re full of shit says the one; I’m full of love says the other. Well then love is shit says the one; well then love is life says the other.

And so it goes for two old friends, and so it goes for many, the Black Hole a’callin them, waiting for their answer, waiting for them to take one wrong step, or two, or three, however many it takes to reach the precipice and dance the final Black Hole Boogie. Do this, don’t do that, choices upon choices and each with a consequence, for we all have to pay the going freight and there are no discounts on this journey.

The thing is, we never see how monumental an action is until it has been acted upon, and then the full weight of that freight train comes rushing down upon us, and then we look back and we trace the steps to that moment and we see….oh man we see….the path we took and at any moment on that path we could have changed the outcome….and that is when we are overcome by the helplessness of it all, because don’t you see, if we had numerous opportunities to change the outcome and we didn’t, well then what does that say about us? What does that say about our ability to make rational choices? What does that say about our innate skill of determining right from wrong? What does that say about our mental friggin’ capabilities if we pass up countless moments that could have altered, could have diverted, could have completely re-directed the path of our life?

It’s all enough to make a grown man cry; it’s enough to make an intelligent man question his intelligence. It’s enough to make you grateful for that Black Hole, just tuck it under your chin and embrace the warmth of giving up and throwing in the towel, because if you can’t see the countless warning signs that litter your journey, or you see them and ignore them, then really, what’s the point in continuing, in bravely marching forward like the good little soldier?

And so you give up, toss in the towel, say No Mas and curl up in the fetal and pray to whatever god you are following these days that it just doesn’t get worse. That’s the best you can hope for, a holding pattern in misery, and I gotta tell ya, that is one fried shit place to be. Others daydream of riches, fame, happiness and love, and there you are, a little butterball in your bed, shivering on hot days and sweating on cold ones, just thankful that the pain has leveled out to a manageable level. One foot in front of the other you go, randomly tossing to and fro, destination unknown as the calendar pages turn and the years add digits to your age and the truth you once were so sure of turns out to be a fabrication based on fairy tales, for happily ever after is for suckers, and love conquers all is for the demented, and the Black Hole holds the truth and the way to oblivion and damn, man, oblivion sounds pretty damn good.

There are those who believe death is the end, the period, the final punctuation of our lives, but don’t you buy it folks. There are people right now, right outside that door there, who are breathing but expired. The heart is pumping, the veins they be accepting, muscles move, lungs do their job, but still it all adds up to dead, for the mind has lost hope and the heart only functions but does not thrive. They are warm-bodied but as cold as the cadavers on ice down at the morgue, and you can see them every minute of every day, dancing the dance, swaying to the music only they hear, the Black Hole Boogie providing the rhythm, the melody and the wall of sound. They speak when spoken to; they work when it is expected; they eat to survive and they appear for all to see to be fully functioning members of the human race….but….look in their eyes and you will see the conductor of the Black Hole Boogie looking back at you, devoid of feeling, devoid of hope and devoid of caring.

And so it goes. The happy endings are few and far between for those. Once that Boogie is cranked up in volume all words of counsel are drowned out. The natural progression continues, from walking dead to dead as a doornail, and then and only then will the Boogie music end and all will be silent, and that elusive peace, that apparition that was always just out of reach, will finally be theirs.

And the mourners will mourn and the weepers will weep, and they will toss around conjecture while they eat their casseroles and drink their fortifieds; he should have done this, man, and he could have done that, and why didn’t he see what was so obvious, man, there were so many times he could have gotten it right and dammit, what a waste.

And so it goes. The old men continue their game and their taunting; conviction abounds but convincing never happens, for one sees the whole board and understands while the other only sees one move by one move, no interconnection, no relationships to the whole, no answers to the questions…..only “life sucks” served up with the Boogie as background music.

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We Have a Choice

Remember those four words as you go about your day today. You have a choice! You are not some leaf being blown about by the winds of change. You can direct your flight, and it all starts with attitude my friends…..it all starts with attitude.

Have a great day unless you made other plans.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Have a great day unless you made other plans. What a great line! I'd say I'm a positive thinker. Some choices I've made have been great ones and other not that good.

      Interesting article as always Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Susan! It is a great line, isn't it, and puts things in perspective rather quickly.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      I love that line and over the years I have truly adopted "The glass is half full" their. Thus I would say I am more positive then negative on most given days. That said I know I make my fair share of mistakes, but still I try my best and I do learn from most. So that has to mean something. thanks Bill and have a great day now!

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      dragonflycolor 3 years ago

      I say "no mas" to the allure of being in a shell and going around in circles!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, it means a great deal; there are so many who never learn, and then they find themselves in the Black Hole. :) Thank you my positive friend and enjoy your day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mari, then no mas it is. Wishing you a full and happy life my friend. Thank you!

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

      A great piece Bill. I have to admit that some of my plans are not all that great today. But I can promise the day will be.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, there are days that are a crap shoot, but I still enjoy them because the alternative does not appeal to me. Thanks buddy and enjoy your day.

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      Kelly Umphenour 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I think I will try to have a great day - ok disregarding one kid that has the flu:)) lol

      I used to think that if we walked far enough that we'd just walk right off the face of the earth! Made me nervous going around corners:)

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I have to tell you, I had to interrupt my reading to hear and sing along with "Reflections". I love that song.

      With that said, I'm a positive person. I can't even begin to calculate the percentage of right decisions versus wrong, but I can say that I corrected most every wrong decision I made in my life. As long as I keep my chin up and sunshine in my attitude (not just at the end of the tunnel) life will continue to be a glorious journey.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, you could go quite a ways if you never went around a corner. :) Good luck with that sick kid and thanks for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I'm with you...it's kind of a stupid song but I love it. LOL I was writing the hub and thought of that song...glad someone else likes it too. Thanks dear friend.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      This was most interesting to me as we are risk takers and always have been..Some good and some not so good. However I believe in life and going for the gusto so to speak. Sitting back and spilling your half empty glass is no fun. People who don't venture know nothing about life. Great hub as always Bill..You know I will keep reading you no matter what I am doing--and that could change on a daily basis.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      I will never forget this fine piece of writing. In fact, I think I will print it and refer to it. You are inspiring and your message hits home with clarity. Thank you for this. Voted up, awesome, useful, awesome and interesting. I am going to share it with my followers.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      breakfastpop, I am honored and I thank you! Every once in awhile I manage to write something memorable. :) I'm just glad you enjoyed this so much. Thank you again.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, you have proven that and I am very grateful. Thank you so much...sitting back is not in our nature now is it? And I'm glad for that.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      You are quite welcome. It was a privilege to read it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      :)....thanks again.

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Nice article, Bill. You speak as though you have made some

      questionable choices in your life. Who hasn't, eh?

      If we could do it all over again, would we be wiser; would we make better choices?

      Why do some people find life so very difficult while others find life an

      incredible adventure?

      Why do some people go skipping through life farting rainbows while others must deal with fear, sicknesses and anxiety?

      Some have a calling to scale the tallest mountain while others feel the need to sail around the world in a solo voyage.

      Genetics or environmental influences? It is an incomplete sentence as

      well as an age old question.

      Bill, you once mentioned the 'fear of happiness' because it was always followed by 'something terrible'. I grew up with that same feeling.

      If something good happened in my life, inevitably it would be followed by a tragedy.

      "It is a choice," you say.

      I say that 'past events are a good predictor of future event'.

      I still live in a state of fear.

      I have not watched the BBC Documentary, yet.

      Good information in your hub.

      How did you ever get past your past?

      Thanks,

      DJ.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Hello Bill.

      Isn't this a conceptualisation towad more than average ? How to avoid yor question without answering? More often a " good" choice seemed to be " right " one under the circumstances . We realize as our journey continues that sovereign destined vs. high ranking noble don't go paralel. Choosing " narrow road " in my life has been provided by instructions, don't turn right, neither left, comprehensively meant all to me and does. Believing in something carying me through life safely excluded any possibilty to beleieve intruding " holes". There is lifelong companion of that quiet small voice repeating ," don't look back! Just don't look back you're not going that direction... ( " Sniffing " causes one's head spinning- to move in a circle - while we are destined to end up out of the circle .)

      Yes, my friend We. Have. A. Choice.- Freely we're making choices being solely accountable to stand consequence. .

      Before you'll make it copyrighted, this will end up in my private collection ," there are those who believe death is the end, the period, the final punctuation of our lives, but don't you buy it folks." Great line to think about and make final choice , right choice.

      Voted up, useful, interesting. Awesome definitely.

      Pax vobiscum.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      If only more people understood this concept. I deal with individuals everyday that can't understand why they are in the situations they've found themselves in every day. They can't do something, and so they just complain rather than stepping up and learning. Great article Billy!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, you found some nooks and crannies in this hub that I was hoping someone would find. Well done and thanks for wading through it. How did I ever get past my past. I had two choices...find a way or die. When your options are that limited you start looking for answers within, or at least I did. I have no set formula for getting past the past....one step at a time for this boy....I hang with positive people...they teach me daily. :)

      bill.....and thank you

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, as always you went right to the heart of the matter. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your life's experience. It's been one hell of a ride so far, Michael, and it isn't over yet. More learning to do I suspect. :)

      peace be with you always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Victoria. That kind of thinking drives me crazy, and all it does is perpetuate the negatives in one's life....break free and write a new script!

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

      Bill, very interesting! However,there are times when the wrong path, is really the right path. We make choices but there are often some aspects we just can't control. There's this little thing... call it faith or destiny, just when you think your life is going according to plan, Mr destiny slaps you hard across the face. I've learned to plan my life, actually, I always have a plan A and plan B, although not so much lately. Yes it helps if one can see the whole chess board, but is it really that simple? If life throws me a few lemons, it's just as well, cause I love lemon juice. I've learned that I can dream, but must be prepared to be flexible. Great article, thought-provoking as always. Hope you're having a lovely day, my best to you.

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      Mary McShane 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

      Hi Bill,

      Interesting line: Have a great day unless you have other plans.

      Might imply the reader has unpleasant plans that would make it an otherwise not great day.

      Just running with that and throwing some ideas out there that would not make it a great day : It could be prepping for a colonoscopy, a mother in law coming to dinner, a meeting with divorce lawyer, a doctor appointment to get test results, or cleaning the office to organize writing material.

      The last one is what I'll be doing, which usually starts out as a chore but ultimately turns into a great day because it always unearths new writing ideas. :)

      @Death -I think if I believed that death was "the end" it would make living this life that much harder. As humans, we gotta have something to believe in, just as long as it is "something."

      Thanks for another great article for posterity.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great choices made shows in the positive way one thinks and approaches their skills another well written hub from you always encouraging and worth learning from as writers we need such influential ideas.

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      mathira 3 years ago from chennai

      billy, excellent perception of life. Being negative or positive is a choice before us and choosing the latter always helps you to be happy and to succeed. Very inspiring as usual.

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      Sheri Dusseault 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      I love that...have a great day unless you have made other plans. I have been doing a lot of thinking, goal setting and manifesting lately and this fits right in with my mind set. We truly in in charge of our life...many things happen we have to control over, but we can control how we react to it. I also love Jill Bolte Taylors quote, "You are responsible for the energy you bring". Thanks Bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I love your perspective on it all. This was not my perspective by the way...it was my main character speaking....he can be a bit of a naysayer at times. LOL I am having a lovely day my friend and I hope yours was as well.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary! As I mentioned to Jo, the mid section of this hub was written by the main character in my new novel..it was his perspective on it all....thanks for sharing your thoughts and for being here as always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE....I try to be encouraging and supportive. I appreciate you saying that.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you mathira. I enjoyed writing this one and stretching my creativity a bit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheri, bravo for goal setting a manifesting...we need to do that. Goals are good...direction is good...and we adjust as we go. I appreciate you, Sheri, and thank you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, I never want to be among the expired who are still breathing, so I have made a choice to make new choices every day. Thanks for sharing these insights which help us to be wiser.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, I think you made a wise choice. Well done my friend and thank you!

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      What a great hub, billybuc! All of us can relate to ever single point in time that you described. I know I can. I woke up when I was about 25 (a little late, I think). I realized that this old world didn't owe me a thing and that the choices I had made got me to where I was at that point, so the choices I then made from there on out would get me to where ever I was going in the future. Maturity is accepting those choices and taking responsibility for them. I found real peace when I realized Jesus could make the choices for me.

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      Alan Robert Lancaster 3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Your closing sentence, 'Have a great day unless you've made other plans'.

      Some might 'plan' to have a s**t day, but that's their prerogative. Do you - WOULD you?

      Going by past performance I think I might JUST be on the credit side. Just transferred my Hub 'wages' to my bank a/c., got my state pension today AND one of my private pensions (from The Telegraph snoozepaper pension fund) and my Royal Mail pension goes in on Thursday. Sometimes life can be sweet. It could be better. I took early retirement too early and finished up scraping the barrel for cash. Should have gone on for at least another two years before I took the money and and ran. Still, mustn't grumble (nobody'd listen anyway!) AND (capital 'A') and I submit copy for book 4 'BETRAYED' in four weeks from today.

      How many wrong turns've you taken down the years (delete as appropriate), 10/100/1000?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Ann! I know I am a very slow learner about the secrets of life. It is nice to be able to just accept life and know that things will work out without our interference.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      I'll have to give some more thought about life being circular. While I don't think it's linear, I don't yet see the circle. At this time, I see our path through life as being filled with detours - the mistakes or bad decisions we make. Whether we get lost or eventually find our way back to the main road depends on how we respond to the set-backs. With a good map or GPS system - our original goals and plans - we can figure out where we made the wrong turn and get headed in the correct direction.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, thanks for giving that some thought. I love to open it up for the interpretations and reflections of others. I'll give your statements some thought. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, I took early retirement too but honest to God, there was no way I would have lasted four more years. I was done with a large exclamation point. There are lean years and there are decent ones now...I suspect I have seen the leanest and I'm on an upward trend....but time will tell.

      How many wrong turns have I taken? Since I'm happy today I guess I should say none...but that would not have been my answer when I was stumbling and falling so many times. :)

      Thank you Sir! Go have a pint on me.....well, in my honor since I'm not there to buy it for you. :)

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      Jane Arden 3 years ago

      (There are people right now, right outside that door there, who are breathing but expired.) Oh yes sir, there certainly are. We see them every day fitting in with the 'norm' with 'society' - riding the bus every day to earn the dosh for the 2.4 kids and once a year holiday.

      I have struggled to fight the negative emotions Bill and to make the right choices. Thankfully I did see the light in time. Thank you again for such wonderful insight.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lesley, it is my pleasure, and I am certainly happy we both saw the light in time. Thank you as always; your friendship is a blessing for me.

      bill

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love that line, too! I am trying to make good choices and am working on the attitude to go with them. Thanks or an inspirational hub!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Vicki, thanks for stopping by. Good choices...I'd like a few do-overs in the past. LOL

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      As I look back on my life, I am actually thankful for the trials and tribulations which have made me a much wiser person. I have always thought about would I want to even go back in time and have a do over and not make so many wrong choices (if one could), but then I realized that although I may not make those same mistakes, I would make others no doubt. We should all think about the choices we make. For me, now, I pray about everything before coming to a decision in my life, and that has worked out well.

      Today, we are snowed and iced over here in the deep south, and just now able to get online, and we will not thaw out until Thursday at noon. So, I believe I better make the wise choice of getting some writing done while I am homebound.

      No matter our circumstances, we can make a choice to make the best of each day!

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Interesting topic and question. How many good choices have I made in my lifetime? Great question. I have no idea. I hope I've made more good choices than bad choices, more correct than incorrect. How are we to know? If we are happy with our life and are surrounded by love I would venture to guess that we have made some pretty good choices.

      This was a great article Bill. I enjoy all of your hubs but this was exceptional.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, we do what we can. We are only human. I don't even like the word "mistake" because at the time our actions may seem perfectly logical....they are just choices and we learn from them.

      Thank you as always...stay warm and safe....no winter here at all.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I agree completely. The end result is that I am loved and I love life....seems like my choices have been pretty good if they led me to this place.

      Thank you Sir! I appreciate your kind words at the end.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Always wise sound advice with food for thought Bill. We could all take example to view life in this perspective, to enjoy life and be happy. Kudos to you for that Bill. It certainly makes you sit back and reflect. Powerful Bill. Hope all is well, sounds like it is! lol You take care sir.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I am thankful for even the bad choices that I have made in my life, as they have led me to where I am, and that is a reasonably happy place. Every day brings 1000 choices. It really is all about how we approach our lives.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lyric, good to see you my friend. All is well with me for sure; life is good and I hope with you as well. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So am I, Flourish; every decision I made brought me to this place of peace and love. :) Thank you!

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

      You always have something great to share that makes me think. Thank you

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      "A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them." - John C. Maxwell ... would be nice if we were all in that boat.

      I would have to say I'm at about 50-50; fifty times good choices, fifty times bad so in the end it comes out even ;)

      Yes Bill, we have a choice and hopefully that choice is to look for the silver lining no matter how dark the cloud. Your life is an inspiration and certainly so are your thoughts!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nadine! That's my intention so I guess I'm on the right track.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary! It is always a crap shoot when I make a decision, but I keep making them and hoping for the best.

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      Alan Robert Lancaster 3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Hello Bill, me ol' mucker. I got smashed and told 'em to send you the bill. That all right wi' you? (Hic).

      Cheers (that's the chaser, ta)!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, what are friends for it they can't buy a round once in awhile. Bottoms up my friend. :)

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I love the saying of your mentor : “Have a nice day unless you made other plans.” It's quite powerful! And as you said it's all about attitude.

      With a good attitude things go more smoothly because we go over the hurdles with more ease .

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joelle, that has been the case for me. I realize it is not always possible with some people who are literally buried in problems, but for the vast majority, attitude is everything. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Whatever choices we make in life, it's up to the future to decide whether they were right or wrong. Great hub, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words vkwok...thank you!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Wise words. Everything is always better with some hope, belief and a heart of gratitude, you voiced this perfectly.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Anna...once again. A heart of gratitude...yes indeed.

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

      Hi Billy I've been away from Hubpages for a week due to family visits and now I have to catch up! Loved your hub. All I can comment is to always have gratitude for whatever happened in the moment. Not always easy but to observe our reactions in every situation is a good start. I Totally agree with kidscraft.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nadine and it's good to have you back....live with gratitude...now there is a philosophy that is sure to succeed.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Billy, I have a lot of catching up to do. But I'm so glad I found this one first. It's very motivating and full of encouragement.

      I believe history repeats itself. It's almost like a test. What we will do differently the second time around? What have we learned from the first time?

      I love the music behind Choose the Right Path. Very nicely done.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thank you Brandi and I'm glad you are back. You have been missed. Glad you enjoyed this one....I enjoyed writing it for all of you.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      I really must catch up more quickly than this; sorry haven't visited for so long!

      I love the 'Black Hole Boogie' idea of swamping everything. This is a powerful message to get off one's backside, wake up and smell the roses, but then you're so good at powerful messages. I've made lots of bad decisions but I think I've learnt from them and at least I've actually made the decisions for myself!!

      Have a great week, bill. All the best to you and yours. Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, it is always good to hear from you. No apologies necessary; I am just appreciative when you are here. Thank you for your kindness and friendship.

      bill

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Intriguing and fascinating information in the BBC Documentary.

      Now, if only I could remember all these tidbits of information I

      would indeed be a more astute individual.

      Thanks, Bill.

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, one of the reasons I write this stuff is so I'll remember them. LOL I've got a built-in forgetter and I need constant reminders.

      Have a great week my friend.

      bill

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You are so right about people like these. They live to die, and live to complain, now what kind of existence is that? My song has a helluva beat, and I move to it constantly.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, your song shows through in your writing....and your writing shows through in your song...and how cool is that?

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      If only more young people understood the consequences of their choices. Keep up the good work. -Judy

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Judy! My goodness, I certainly needed a mentor when I was in my twenties to explain the consequences of my actions. I'm sure most people could use such a mentor.

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