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Do You Want to Know a Secret? A Moment with Bill Reflection

Updated on February 17, 2015

Let’s Begin Our Journey

Take my hand! Don’t be nervous, please, just slip your hand into mine.

Come, let’s walk!

I have no hidden agenda so please, relax. Just stroll with me while we talk.

I brought some props along, if you don’t mind. They should help me in delivering my message to you, and I hope you find them helpful.

Shall we begin?

I understand....truly, I do
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Look in This Mirror, Please

Go ahead, take a good, long look.

What do you see and please, be honest, because I will know if you are anything less than. You see, I’ve heard your cries. I know how often you have looked in a similar mirror and anguished over your looks. The imperfections laugh at you, taunt you, scream for you to correct them. The blemishes, the wrinkles, the excess fat, they are all there reminding you that you are less than. The too-large nose, the soft chin, the dull eyes, you see them all and consider them to be your albatross, your cross to bear, and bear it you do, day in, day out, shouldering on, avoiding eye contact with others, avoiding eye contact with yourself, waking each day with the knowledge that you will never be one of the pretty people.

They are everywhere, aren’t they, the winners of the DNA lottery, with perfect skin, perfect bodies, perfect stature….my God, they are disgustingly beautiful and you aren’t one of them.

Yes, I have heard your cries, and I have one thing to say to you:

Do you want to know a secret?

I see you and I see beauty. I see you and I see perfection. I see you and I see a unique human being, the only you out of seven-point-two billion, and that makes you the rarest gem on this planet.

I see a dazzling, eye-popping, jaw-dropping, gorgeous human being.

Look closer!

See you through my eyes.

Look at This Photo, Please

Yes, it is. That little child is you. Do you remember her? Do you remember the dreams she had as she frolicked in the fields of lavender? Can you recall the confidence she had as she climbed trees and looked out over the land, a land that would soon be hers to conquer?

Your parents whispered to you at night, telling you that a wondrous life was ahead, and you believed them, for parents never lie, and you went off into the world expecting those dreams to become reality.

But when they didn’t materialize…when they didn’t actualize….when you didn’t realize….them…you lowered your standards. You began to dream less-grand dreams, and when they failed you sunk lower, and then the harsh winds of reality blew through your early adulthood, and tragedy stuck, and disappointment reared its ugly head and today you stand here, pole-axed alongside the head with no dreams, no view of the future, just one foot in front of the other until you reach the inevitable truth: dreams don’t come true.

Do you want to know a secret?

I look at that photo, at the same child you are looking at, and I see a child who is now an adult, and yes, that adult has taken some broadside hits, but she isn’t dead and that means strap on some big-girl panties and get to work.

Do you want to know my truth?

Dreams do come true!

Of course we adjust our dreams. You may never become that famous ballerina or opera singer. You may never meet Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset on a white steed, but just remember that even white steeds defecate, and even Prince Charmings have warts, so move on to another dream and go for it with gusto. Remember that human beings are meant to dream. It’s as natural as breathing in and breathing out. We need dreams. We need to have goals and we need desires. To have none of that is to barely exist, and you are better than that.

The past is gone. All we are concerned with is today, and that young girl in the photograph has some very good today's remaining. Don’t you think it’s about time she dreams a whopper again?

Look at Your Footprint, Please

Yes, that’s your footprint. What say you? What? It’s not as large as you once hoped for? In fact, it is quite small, you say?

Remember when we were young? We were going to set the world on fire. We were going to make a name for ourselves, dazzle millions with our brilliance, become a household name through our actions and oh, how wondrous it all would be. Others would look at us in awe, and try to emulate our every move. We would be praised for the good we had done, and nary a negative word would ever be spoken about us.

Sigh!

You look at that footprint now and wonder how it all went so wrong. You look at it and think just how insignificant you are, and if you are insignificant now, after decades of failed attempts, well what does the future hold? Not a cheery thought, eh?

Do you want to know a secret?

You ain’t done, my friend. Raise your leg and stomp on the ground. Make sure you hit your footprint dead on. Go ahead, do as I say, stomp on it!

See what happened? The force of your stomp expanded your previous footprint and now, Lord be praised, it is larger. Do you understand? Is not the message clear? As long as you apply force, your footprint will expand. As long as you refuse to tiptoe through life but rather romp with gusto, your footprint will become what it was always meant to become.

Is this you?
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Look at This Flower, Please

What do you see?

You see a wilted flower, drooping, flaccid, and barely hanging on.

The flower is you. That flower represents opportunities wasted, plans crushed and hopes fallen by the wayside of life. You know it, I know it, and anyone who has been in contact with you knows it. I know what you are thinking. You had your chance, you blew it big-time, and that’s all there is. From now on you will embrace the mundane because really, why bother trying when you’ve screwed the pooch so many times in the past?

Do you want to know a secret?

Take that flower, add water, fertilize, and life will return. The pedals will unfold. The stem will reach higher and the sun will be embraced. Where once there was wilting indifference there will be a wondrous display of vibrant colors. Those vibrant colors are you. Man was not meant to live in a grey world. Man was born a peacock, a dazzling display of hues, and your hues have remained muted for far too long.

As long as you can draw a breath, there is hope. As long as you can dream, there is a reason for living. Leave the black and white world, spread your pedals, and show the world what you’re made of.

Prepare to spread your wings and fly
Prepare to spread your wings and fly | Source

Do You Want to Know a Secret

I think you are perfect.

I think you are beautiful and unique.

I think the world has just seen a small fraction of who you really are, and I think it’s about damned time you spread your plumage and rediscover yourself. It matters not to me if you’ve been abused, raped, ridiculed or bullied. I don’t care if you’ve gone decades without receiving the support and affirmation you so desperately needed. Too fat, too skinny, too shy, too ugly, none of that matters. It ends today. I will be your support. I will be your affirmation.

Reach out and take my hand.

Unlimited possibilities are as real today as they were when you were a child. The beauty within is what counts. The desire to achieve flows through your veins. You are an unstoppable force that for too long has been held back by your own self-doubts and self-loathing.

It ends today!

I believe in you!

Will you join me in that belief?

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      I will totally join and so beautifully said, Bill. Wishing you a wonderful Tuesday. Here in NY, we are having more snow and kids are off for February break this week, but going to make the best of this day and enjoy as much as I can, too ;)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, thank you for joining me this morning. Stay warm and safe. I'm so sorry about your weather...two years in a row for you guys...meanwhile, I mowed the lawn yesterday. Go figure! Happy Tuesday to you.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      A quest, yes, indeed

      one we all should embrace

      and, like you

      when I look

      I see so much more than a face

      Lovely Bill!

      Kim

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      Larry Kitzmann 2 years ago

      No words suffice my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Kim! I appreciate you going on my journey with me. It's always better with company. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No words are necessary, Larry. Thank you is enough!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Secrets we all need to know. Thank you for sharing. Full of love. Jamie

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Growing up, my parents would tell me to be careful what I dream of, because my dreams would become my reality.

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      carol stanley 2 years ago from Arizona

      the proverbial mirror that shines through our eyes to our soul. When I was young I really had no particular dreams---they came later. However I did have a wonderful childhood. And we are having sunny days ...warming in the PM. perfect for sure. Enjoy today.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Full of love for sure, Jamie, and I thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well then, Marlene, I guess we better dream big. There's still time for many of our dreams to come true. :) Thanks for visiting this fine Tuesday morning.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I think as a child I thought everything would be perfect and as many little girls back then thought; someone would take care of me forever. I look in the mirror and laugh about that now! lol

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I think as a child I thought everything would be perfect and as many little girls back then thought; someone would take care of me forever. I look in the mirror and laugh about that now! lol

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I had great childhood dreams. Some came true; some, I'm still working on...and there are always new ones to keep me occupied. Thanks for the visit. We are having gorgeous weather here....I wonder how long our luck will hold out?

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      You are amazing and inspiring. If you don't mind, I m going to print this and carry it in my wallet. Voted up, useful, interesting, beautiful and totally awesome in every way!

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      A brilliant motivational Hub, and God knows many of us need this. God bless you, Bro. That's why people are already talking about missing you. But you're not really going to disappear in April, are you.

      That summary or conclusion, call it what you will, was adept and very powerful. In Love and Light. Shalom!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Beautiful, lovely, loving! What a heartwarming hub and vlogs! Every time I read your hubs, I remind myself to "take a page from your book." And what a wonderful book it is! Thank you, Bill! Happy Tuesday! Enjoy the unseasonably warm weather!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Beautiful, lovely, loving! What a heartwarming hub and vlogs! Every time I read your hubs, I remind myself to "take a page from your book." And what a wonderful book it is! Thank you, Bill! Happy Tuesday! Enjoy the unseasonably warm weather!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I laugh at some of my childhood dreams as well...and then some came true. All I know is life is a blast.

      Thank you and Happy Tuesday to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And thank you again, Jackie.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And thank you again, Jackie.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Please do, Pop. I would be honored to rest awhile in your wallet. :) Thank you for the kind words. Happy Tuesday my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, I was trying for a powerful message like you deliver time and again. I'm glad I achieved it. Thank you my friend. Your kind words warm my heart...and no, I'm not leaving in April.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, that is so kind of you. Thank you for those words. I really do appreciate them. Warm weather indeed...mowing lawns in February? Never heard of it until yesterday. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And thank you a second time, Randi. There must be a hiccup with HP today.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      This is beautiful, Bill. As I was reading, I was pleased to know I don't feel I'm worthless, or ugly, or have nothing to offer. Yeah, I've gained weight and wrinkles. And my eyelids are starting to droop. But that's just age kicking in. I'm still the vibrant person inside that I've been all my life. I still have dreams and something to offer the world. My job is not yet done. If it were, I'd have already taken my last breath.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Yes, I'll take your hand and walk with you, bill, because you see the world in the same way as I do. I'm forever optimistic and some people laugh at me for that. My parents taught me hope and optimism and about having dreams and I always had them, have them. Don't know what I'd do without them! Ok some didn't work but then we learn and we modify and a new, better dream emerges.

      As soon as I read your title, that Beatles song came to mind and I started humming - one of my favourites. I'm smiling. You've lifted our spirits, given us a boost and told us to wake up and smell the roses. Don't they smell just lovely?

      Have a wonderful Tuesday, bill.

      Ann :))

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you are a warrior, and you ain't even close to being done yet. Keep walking your talk, my friend, and I'll be right alongside of you. Thank you from sunny Olympia...with love.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Bill. As my daughter would say, "I don't know why everyone else is responding; you were speaking to me." Anyway, no harm in sharing it. Thank you for a very timely, well-presented message!

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      God bless you Bill. How did you know how much I needed to hear those words today? All of us do. We need to be reminded that we are worthwhile and loved.

      When we look in the mirror we see the imperfections magnified. When God looks at us He sees the whole person and He loves us, warts and all. I tell my daughters that He could have made you any one in any time or place, but He made you YOU and put you here and now--for a REASON!

      Thank you for the pep talk. Hope you have a great Tuesday. I know I will now.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, they do smell just lovely from where I'm sitting. With our warm weather I expect them to bud soon.

      Thank you for your kind support. I think this message is important. There are far too many people wallowing in self-pity, or crippled by a lack of confidence. We all can do so much more. :)

      Have a splendid afternoon, my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL..Dora, I love that saying. Thanks for giving me a laugh and for supporting my writing.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, Pep Talks R Us...that's my new motto. I think I need a website, don't you? Oh, wait, I already have one. :)

      You are very welcome, and thank you for visiting and being so loyal.

      Happy Sunny Tuesday!

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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Bill... inspirational, informative and above all an encouragement to read. Just last night I was sitting with someone who as a child was told so many harmful things, such as you were not wanted, you will always be ugly, you are a disgrace to the family, you are stupid. They carried that burden for years and the effects were devastating until she discovered herself through her faith. It was then she accepted herself just as she is... loved and perfectly created... voted up and away.

      Hugs Bro

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      Clive Williams 2 years ago from Nibiru

      hey billy, what's up? Very inspirational mode. Sometimes we all need a little inspiration to move forward.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks, Bill. I really needed this today. It's been an unproductive weekend so, of course, those nagging doubts are creeping in again. After reading this I am reminded that life is like that sometimes. A couple of so-so days doesn't make you a failure. I'm sure I'll be back in the saddle soon and the only thing that doesn't get done is the housework; to busy writing.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I love positive messages. I love positive affirmations. Start this very moment, and move forward with positive vigor. Stomp on the past. This is a new day. Thank you, again! ;-)

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      Jaye Denman 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Thanks for the reminder that we should all be "romping through life with gusto"--no matter at which stage of life we're in, no matter how we look or feel, no matter what's gone before. It is what comes next that counts, not where we slipped up in the past and dropped our dreams. Thanks for this lovely reminder, Bill, that we should still be dreaming and reaching for our dreams.

      Voted Up++++ and shared

      Jaye

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Thanks, Bill, for helping me pick up the pieces!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Beauty from the eyes of the beholder.. a reflection with a soft message.. a secret that's worth shouting from the mountain tops.. I love how this enravelled Billybuc.. kudos

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Thanks for the inspiration and the poetry. (The very poetical way you expressed your encouraging words.) I want to be that flower. I am that flower. Watch me bloom. Sharing and voting up.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rolly, I love hearing stories like that one. What a miracle to see a person transform like that. Thanks for sharing that, buddy. Now I need to go out and turn over the garden in preparation for planting. LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Clive, not much, buddy. Just hanging out and spitting out words. I know I need inspiration from time to time, so I just assume others do as well. Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, you've won contests and awards.....so shake off whatever is bothering you and start writing. You are a very good writer with talent, and don't you forget it.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I do too. Occasionally I need one so badly that I have to write it. LOL I'm glad you enjoyed this, my friend. I'll be over to visit your new one shortly.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, it is my pleasure, and I thank you for always supporting me and giving me a boost when I need it.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is really my pleasure, Denise. Thank you for being you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Frank. I think this is a message most of us need to hear from time to time. I know I do.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Catherine, I have had the privilege of watching you bloom here on HP, and there are many more blooms to come. Thank you for your kind words.

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      I voted up. This is beautiful, though difficult to read as it questions everything I have come to believe as an adult.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kailey, questioning is good, is it not? :) Of course it's painful...growth is painful, if it is worth achieving. I'll tell you another secret...I thought of you when I wrote this. :) You are special my young friend. Don't you ever forget it.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Here's my hand, walk with me. This is a beautiful message. I still have dreams and hope. I wake up ready to go, not as fast but still ready. I've learned ( slowly ) to move foreward and forget the past mistakes. I loved this!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Ruby. Here's my hand. Let's see how much trouble we can get into before nightfall. LOL

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Bill, I had a funny feeling you may have been, in part, speaking to me since I was venting, earlier. I am touched! Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Kailey. I think you are worth the time and effort, and you are definitely a fascinating human being.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is beautiful on so many levels. Your expressed thoughts are encouraging and loving similar to what our Creator would think Who sees beneath our outward appearances. As long as we draw a breath we can still dream! All the up votes except funny and will tweet, G+, pin and share.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Peggy, thank you. I wanted to write something that would reach everyone out there. We are all human beings with doubts and fears...I think we need more writing like this, and I appreciate your affirmation.

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      Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Thanks for the wonderful pep talk, Bill. I love how you include a little video and we can hear your soft, kind voice. You are so right. We gotta look forward if we want to move forward. If we keep looking back, we're just going to fall.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I needed some uplifting and there you are just overflowing with it. Thanks

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      I believe God spoke to you on this one, for this is exactly what He tells us ... that we are beautiful, amazing, special and unique for we are made in His image. There you go!

      He sees us not as the world sees us, but for the beautiful persons we are in reality.

      Let us be mindful of this and let our light so shine before men!

      Peace and blessings always

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      Jeannie InABottle 2 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Thank you, Bill. I've had a really bad day. This is the only inspiring thing I've heard today. I really needed this. I can always count on you... even if you wrote this without realizing how much it would help me. :-) I thank you, as I am sure many others will when reading this.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like your exhortation. I need this wake up call. There are unlimited opportunities and more than ever, I have more resources now than when I was a child. Then, I was always first. Recently, I just didn't bother. Time to get back in. I am now reading your book, Resurrecting Tobias. Love it.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Oh you are so good Bill :) Who could not love this hub and it's positive affirmations to every reader. It's easy to see why you have 2.320 followers. Well done as always.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Delores, thank you for the visit. I think this message is a good one for all of us. Who among us hasn't been down and needed a pep talk? I know I certainly have been.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, my cup overflows...thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith. I like to think God speaks to and through all of us. We are the deliverers of the message...hopefully we hear that message.

      blessings always dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Jeannie, you are welcome. I hope tomorrow is better for you. Stay warm and safe, and thank you for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aesta, thank you for the smile you just gave me. I hope you love the book. Tobias thanks you...I thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John! Sometimes I am writing a message to myself, and I'm just happy that it helps others as well. :)

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Oh Bill, it's so great a helping hand. Who can doubt it. You are so nice to be always ready in helping others. I love this message of yours. Its so awesome. Thanks for it.

      Voted up, awesome and sharing also.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very inspirational hub!

      We all need someone to uplift us and this is just the right one to do it.

      Thanks for the motivation!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Venkatachari M. I find you to be a very helpful person, so it comes as no surprise that you would appreciate this message.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, ChitrangadaSharan...thank you for visiting my site this morning.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow. Now if that wasn't a Gibbs-style smack to the back of the head, then I don't know what is.

      Sorry, Boss. It's funny (and sad) how I can let one bad day make me forget what I have accomplished. You're right. I am a good writer. I am putting a Post-It note on the screen even as we speak with those very words on it. There. Now I can't see what I'm doing. Perhaps I'll post it on the shelf above the screen. :D

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, any follower of NCIS is a friend of mine. LOL I love it. That's the first reference to Gibbs I've ever read here on HP.

      You are a good writer, and I won't let you forget it.

      Now carry on, friend.

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      Sara Sarwar Riaz 2 years ago from Michigan, USA

      I loved reading this article, as every other one of yours. It spoke the arid truth so many of us face in our lives and yet ended on a positive and optimistic note.

      My situation was different in a way that growing up I was considered too pretty and too perfect to actually possess any true intellect or talents :)(ironic as it may sound). Even in medical school, I was always struggling to make people see beyond my appearance, which is why I didn't stop until I became this qualified… I just had too much ground to prove. My only regret is that I lost touch with the artistic side of myself in the process, as I could not nurture those talents alongside. But as you suggested, it's never too late to rediscover yourself.

      Thank you for the continued inspiration !

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sara, thank you for sharing that. I can understand what you are saying. I think there is a natural bias against beauty, as though beauty automatically rules out intelligence. Bravo to you for overcoming that, and I'm so happy that you have returned to your artistic side.

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Hello Bill.

      At this very moment, it happened . Reaching your hand, we are flying higher and higher, pleading the others, come, join us, together we have to win this challenging battle together. We will.

      ' I believe in you,' says Mr. Bill Holland; echoing - me too...

      A look at the mirror? Who cares anyway. Not me , (because i do care for the important things now...) Every so often (recent years ) when seeing my face in the mirror, a question flashes in my mind "Is that a face the people looking at behind which I live hiding my real me ?! No wander- next thought ' everybody loves Raymond'... If a next question why? Well, "Do you want to know a secret "? (Between two of us only,please.) I am the child of heavenly Father, the Master of the universe .This is my why.

      Voting for your article beautiful, interesting.

      More blessings upon you my friend.

      PS What do people do when run short of excuses ?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, eloquent as always. I always look forward to your comment. They are filled with old-word wisdom and truths that cannot be denied by any rational human being. Thank you!

      blessings to you and yours

      bill

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      Smilealot 2 years ago

      This is the kind of hub that needs saving on favourites, so it can be re-read when needed. Thanks Bill:-))

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Smilealot. Much-appreciated, my friend.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Hey Bill - wait for me please - I'm joining you in this with a vengeance. All those possibilities, all the beauty within , I'm suddenly seeing clearly now. Thank you again for some well needed inspiration.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Bill your heart and motivation are amazing. Encouraging others to see there potential no matter their past is certainly what so many need. Keep reaching for that star and there's a good chance you'll catch it.

      Our talents don't disappear, it is up to us to recognize them and act on them no matter what they are. As you say we may never be a ballerina or opera singer but that doesn't mean we don't have worth and beauty in our souls and in our lives.

      Voted all but funny and shared.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maj, it is my pleasure, and I thank you. Enjoy life today; give yourself a hug; and have a superb weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary! It's the old teacher in me. I hate to see talent wasted, so occasionally I have to shout from the rooftops and hope someone hears me.

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      You have a knack for exposing the beauty hidden in each of us. Thank you Bill. And I love the photo of the woman standing on the mountaintop; is that Bev and did you take it? If so, bravo my friend. It is wonderful. I have seen it in your hubs before and just never asked.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Mike and thank you. Yes, that is Bev and yes, I took that picture. I'm so happy that others have loved that photo...I think it speaks to many of us.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      WOW! and EEEEEE-HAAA! We ARE perfect just as we are. How about the Theme Song to "Rocky" here, please??

      This is what we can call Uplifting...Inspiring....Affirming. Thank you, bro.

      Please add "Motivational Speaker Extraordinare.".......to your resume! I could become addicted to this glorious sort of PEP Rally!.....

      Love this dose of "BILLYBUC Live Strong Supplements!"...UP++++pinned & tweeted.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...and Sis, my supplements will not harm your health in any way. How about that?

      Funny, but I never considered myself a cheerleader. I'm more of a "slap you alongside the head" kind of motivator. :) But i'm glad you enjoyed this, as others appeared to do.

      Have a great weekend and for God's sake, stay warm and safe.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bro.....ahhhh, since I have been on the receiving end of those "slaps".....I'm well aware. Someone has to do those tough jobs!

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      You really brought self-loathing and low self-worth to life here Bill. I really enjoyed how you mentioned to look at yourself through another's eyes. That is very powerful since we are so critical about even the most minor things that others cannot see. If we can see our talents and accomplishments through the view outside of ourselves then realizing your greatness would be easier. Thanks for that special touch. Have a great weekend

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      it's my cross in life, Sis! :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michelle. On some days I'm there...but there are other days when I really need to step back and re-evaluate how I judge myself.

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      Ireno Alcala 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I'll spread my wings and fly. Low esteem and negativity are out of my mind. I'll always try something worthwhile as long as I live.

      Thanks for sharing, Sir Bill. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you travel...I love your attitude my friend.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, I see you're wearing your awesome Bill the motivator hat, and how fetching you look! ;) I'm playing catchup right now because I got the message loud and clear, I'm beginning to prioritise.We'll never know unless we try..right Bill?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good for you, Jo, and I'm happy you enjoyed my little message of motivation. Happy Sunday to you, my friend.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Whatever is on the outside the only true measure of beauty lies within. You wrote this to encourage and inspire and it does make that beauty inside feel a just a little bit warmer and stronger for us all.

      Beautifully done.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Anna! I know what it's like to not like myself....if this helps one person then it was worth writing.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      If we all believe in each other, what a grand world it will be. There will be no wars, and let me tell you, disharmony is what will do this planet in.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I hope I live long enough to see the days when we all believe in each other. One person at a time, my friend. That's how change happens. Thank you for being here.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      This is a really awesome hub Bill. And I love the message behind it.

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