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Do Your Job or Hang Them Up: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on September 2, 2013

Memories to Live By

Bottom of the 6th inning of a seven inning high school baseball game. The year was 1965.

Standing on the mound that day I was feeling pretty full of myself. My team was ahead 2-1. I had given up three meaningless hits, and after I dispensed of the boys from O’Dea High School with four more outs I could go home to adulation and a well-deserved cheeseburger dinner.

Four more outs! I had been sawing off bats all afternoon, painting the corners, changing speeds, leaving my opposition fairly helpless in their attempt to get to me. The lone run was unearned, the result of a booted grounder by our shortstop.

A runner on first, he of the broken-bat single to right, and two outs in the inning. Two balls, two strikes and damn I felt good about myself…..and then….

Knuckleball, outside corner, another broken bat and a weak groundball to the right of the pitcher’s mound…I started after it, realized the 1st baseman had it and then….for some inexplicable reason….I did not cover first base to take the throw and the runner was safe. A simple play I had practiced hundreds of times and suddenly I had a brain fart.

No harm…..the next batter popped out to right field and I walked into the dugout still ahead 2-1.

Someone, however, failed to mention to my coach that there was no harm done. He was livid with me for not doing my job. In fact, he was so livid he told me to hang up my cleats, that if I couldn’t do my job properly I had no business being on the field. He pulled me from the game, put a relief pitcher in, a pitcher who promptly gave up two runs in the 7th inning, and we lost the game.

The bus ride home was one of the longest of my life.

“Do your job, Holland, or get the hell off of the field.”

Before the big game
Before the big game

Lesson Learned

I would love to tell you that I was not bitter by the time I got home, but that would be a bald-faced lie. I was seething and I told my dad so over dinner, and you can just imagine the sympathy I got from old man Holland.

“Bill, lesson learned. I’ll bet you cover first base the next time that happens.”

Yessir, Dad, I sure did!

What is it about some lessons that last a lifetime? Are they the ones that are associated with intense emotions, whether it be hate, elation, grief or heartbreak, or do our brains just randomly select some lessons as keepers while discarding the insignificant?

This particular lesson has stayed with me now for almost fifty years, along with my bitterness over Coach Michael pulling me from the game. J

Do your job or hang them up!

Sit with me awhile

At Work, at Play

Mediocrity is for the uninspired and yes, you can quote me on that. Mediocrity serves best those whose myopic view of the future consists of what’s on television tonight, or when is the next paycheck, or what do I get out of this?

You will not find mediocrity in the vocabulary of those who have a vision and/or plan for the future. They understand that all things in life are connected, that any single act will have repercussions and that there is a direct correlation between cause and effect. In other words, a job poorly done will sprout seeds, and those seeds will grow until one day the personal garden is overrun by an invasive species that chokes out creativity, motivation and culpability. It is as inevitable as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west.

Said another way, what you reap you will eventually sow.

Now that I am rapidly approaching my sixty-fifth year, I find myself in a reflective mood quite often, and those reflections will turn, from time to time, to lessons learned during my lifetime and the source of those lessons.

I can remember clearly neighborhood “pick-up” games, where a bunch of us kids got together, chose up teams and played a “friendly” game of football, basketball, baseball or whatever. I intentionally put the word friendly in quotation marks because those games were anything but friendly. Few games ended without cuts, scrapes and bruises as our competitive natures demanded that we play “balls out” with everything we had. Competitive for sure but also a deep-seeded desire to be the best we could be in every sporting event.

That kind of fire carries over and becomes ingrained in you after a few decades. I have no idea how many jobs I have held during my lifetime. I would venture to guess at least twenty-five, and I can say with conviction and certainty that I approached each job with the same determination as I approached those Saturday afternoon games. Either do the job, Bill, and do it well, or hang them up!

I am, quite frankly, blown away by the number of people who complain about their jobs, and give less than 100% because they believe they deserve something better.

Allow me to present you with a universal and timeless truth: nobody owes you a thing. In today’s economy, if you are not happy with that job there are quite a few people who would be more than happy to take it from you.

Either do the job or hang them up!

But what of the recognition you feel you deserve? What of the rewards that you are due? What of the higher pay surely you should receive and the bonuses and the tips and the benefits you do not receive but certainly should have?

Find personal satisfaction in the knowledge that you are doing the best you can. Find a quiet spot inside of yourself where you can pat yourself on the back and know you are facing a tough situation and facing it with style and strong character. Know that kismet is real, and if you do not receive what you are due today, you will at least have a strong work ethic and solid reputation upon which you can build for the future.

We all have jobs to do in the game of life
We all have jobs to do in the game of life

The Ultimate Challenge for All Humans

Suffering the slings and arrows of daily life, we all struggle. Life is not easy and I don’t care if your name is Kardashian or Kreinstein, the truth is that we all face challenges that will test the strongest among us.

Temptations surround us, calling us to take the easy way out, calling us to diminish ourselves just a bit, hedge our bets just a little, do a little less than is required or expected…..but….every time we cut corners we are cutting off a piece of what makes us special. We were born with greater gifts than any creature on earth. We were born to soar with the angels and to demonstrate the luminous qualities of humanity.

And every single day we can choose to rise to our unlimited potential or trudge at a level so demeaning as to define us as less than human.

We can choose to be uncaring or to be compassionate.

We can choose to be helpful or be selfish.

We can choose to give a damn about others or give a damn only for ourselves.

Yes, we can choose to do all things with love or disappoint the gods and re-visit our basest nature.

For God’s sake, do the job and be human or hang them up!

Your Sixth Inning

Whether in baseball or our jobs or as parents or as children, our job is to cover all the bases. There may be times when the stadium will be empty, and nobody will know whether we do our jobs or not, and those are the times….by God, those are the times…when we define who and what we are.

Bottom of the sixth inning….ground ball to the right of the mound….what will you do?

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

Changing this world one person at a time
Changing this world one person at a time

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      OMG, Paula, at least you had several sayings to pick from. My dad kept drilling the same one into me week after week, like he was afraid I could somehow forget it. LOL It was the era; these were children of the Great Depression and a job was sacred. You earned it or you lost it and there was no debate....and in all honesty I don't see a damn thing wrong with that way of thinking.

      Good to have you with me today. Thank you, Paula!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      OH WOW! This one rang a few loud bells in MY head! Again....damn it, bill...I swear....it was our ERA! My parents had so many quotes-mantras, warnings, sayings....I could list them all ver batim (they still ring in my ears often!) Just a few...."If you're gonna do a job half-assed....expect to be paid Half-fast, half-past next year!" "Study, study, study...if you don't study, you don't learn, if you don't learn, you can't earn, if you don't earn.... all you'll ever do, is yearn." "It doesn't matter if you don't like to do what you're suppose to do....fake it til you make it.. smile & make it look easy. Before you know it, someone will ask if they can do it for you!" "You HAVE to do it right...because... THAT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO!!"...

      "Don't be too hard on yourself. Only make yourself rise and shine every morning, if the Sun does.!"....and to think back then, we NEVER even dared to talk back!!...........lol.....UP+++

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Unfortunately, Diana, I'm not in the classroom any longer, so hopefully other teachers are telling them this.

      As always, you are appreciated.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Boy, I needed this coaching today! What we sow - we reap, the truth well said. This is very much what our generations need to hear today. Voted up++.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I assume you are talking about the forums that decry the lack of income on HP...wears me out and that's why I don't hang around the forums. Just one big bitch session and I've never liked bitch sessions. :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Is it sad that the first thing I thought about when I read this hub was all the complaining on the forums here at HubPages. Everyone needs to (blank) or get off the pot, you just said it quite eloquently.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I hate those times when my best isn't good enough. LOL It's not supposed to work that way. :)

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      No matter what we do, we must always try to do our best. Sometimes we'll have good and bad bosses, and sometimes our best is never good enough. Those are the times that we might just have to look elsewhere...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Consider it banished, drbj! Thanks for watching out for me. :)

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Banish that negative thought you mentioned in a comment above, Bill. You know 'you got my respect!' Trust me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, it seems to happen to all of us. Best of luck in choosing your field. One piece of advice.....do something you are passionate about.

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Your hubs are all great and full of wisdom. For me, the future is still a bit uncertain, though I know I'm going to have to find a job eventually.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, thank you for sharing that. When the day comes when I can't create the way I want to create, I hope I am wise enough to walk away. I did in teaching; the love of the classroom was no longer there for me and I walked away three years ago.

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

      I started with 19 years old and I hang them up at 54, I just couldn't keep up with it. Some said that all I had to do was to lay back while I was working and a better retirement pension will come. It wasn't about money, money is found even washing windows. It was about each one of the individuals I had waiting for instructions, instructions I knew it was the moment to let go for another new person keep up with the job.

      Life is like a baseball game! I am still playing it in each field and base God puts me in.

      I love your hubs, I feel I gain wisdom from them. Thanks for inviting us to sit with you for a while.

      Keep bless and blessing others!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I find it fascinating where learning comes from during our lives. Some events were seemingly meaningless and yet we hold onto them our entire lives. I love learning, don't you? :)

      Thank you Jo and have a wonderful week.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheez, PS, stop hitting your toes with that hammer. That sounds terribly painful to me. :)

      I like my age and I never thought I would say that when I reached 64...life is good my friend.

      blessings and a hug winging their way to you

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Silent, no doubt we are allowed to make mistakes, and it was a hard lesson for me to learn, but I did learn it. I am much more compassionate towards others because of the hard lessons I had to learn, so I guess some good came out of it all. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nellieanna, we get one shot at life. Why wouldn't we try to get the most out of it. I have never needed a supervisor to make sure I'm doing the work; I'm the only boss I have to answer to and I'm a tough boss. :)

      Thank you dear friend.

      blessings always

      bill

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

      Bill, many truths here, if a job is worth doing, it is certainly worth doing well, we should give it our best shot, or not at all. You my friend, is a perfectionist, isn't it interesting, some of the incidents and accidents in our young lives that helps to shape us and make us who we are? Always inspiring, my best to you.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Yes, sir. It is about jumping in there and doing the best we can just like you say. We can be ordinary or we can be spectacular. It really is about choice. I know what you mean about thinking more as you near that new number. Life's lessons have come and settled in on me and the good news is, I think I learned. I don't need to keep hitting my toes with a hammer...I have gotten most of the points.

      Thank you for sharing, Bill. As always this is a place to re-energize and find a source of ideas to contemplate. Angels and hugs are on the way ps

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      SilentReed 4 years ago from Philippines

      Doesn't mean you are not allowed to make mistakes. Or consider yourself a failure. So many talented children give up their dream because someone said they were not good enough. I've seen supposedly mentors shame students in public. Are they instilling the correct values and attitude that promote self esteem and belief in one's ability? We are after all allowed to be human.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Bill, e-x-c-e-l-l-e-n-t !! Inspiring! I agree completely. It ought to be required reading.

      My parents and siblings taught this by example, to give 'it' - whatever 'it' was, their ALL. It seems so natural and almost inevitable to me, it's truly difficult to figure out how anyone chooses -- and it is a choice -- to whine, withhold effort & commitment, and then wonder why they're unsatisfied and unfulfilled, looking for scapegoats on which to blame their mediocrity.

      Personally, even if I am the only one who would know or care what I do or how I do it, I MUST give it 150%, if I am going to do it at all. Money has never driven me as a reward, and the main competition with which I live, is with myself, being as good as or better than my prior 'best'. The true reward, to me, is in excellence; - - not perfection or comparative-to-so-and-so, but excellence. I hope it will always be so till I breathe my last breath. In fact, it keeps me going!! :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Ruby! Born that way? Raised that way? Interesting question for sure. Whatever it is I'm glad we have it. :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I try to do a good job with everything i attempt, sometimes i fail but i try again. Some people are just born that way, some are not. Baseball was a good metaphor for giving it all you have, then some more. Great hub...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, I love your attitude. So wise for someone so young. :) Thank you my friend and Happy Labor Day!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, we can all still make a difference. If only more believed it. :) Thank you for everything that you do and the person that you are.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      What a great story to illustrate the importance of doing your job. I agree that we should give 100%, despite whether or not we think we deserve better. Even when I don't get paid much, I appreciate that I have a job. If nothing else, low pay just drives me to try harder at finding a better job, while doing my best in the meantime.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Great counsel today, Bill, and timely too. We're the same age, and I also experience those moments of deep reflection. I'm convinced that the game is not over, and that my play can still make a difference. I intend to keep playing with all my might. Thank you for the motivation.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It sure does, Russ! And if we can't cover them, it sure helps to have teammates who will help us. :) Thanks buddy.

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Great thoughts, Bill. The world works better when we cover our bases and do the job that's expected of us.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much cynthtggt....much appreciated my friend.

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      cynthtggt 4 years ago from New York, NY

      Great parallels drawn here, Bill, and a hub all should read. Gonna share. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Maria! Siblings by different parents? It's possible I guess since I'm adopted. :)

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Mark, it just goes to show how aware I am. I had no idea that I had done that until after it was posted.

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

      Another great lesson, and yes you did this on Labor Day!

      Mark

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, your point is a good one and thank you for it. I was taught by Catholic nuns and I'm very familiar with the business end of a ruler....those lessons teach pain and fear and resentment and little else. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LK, it is really my pleasure. We writers love to achieve those moments, don't we, when we write something that resonates in our readers....those moments are why we do this. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, you had me howling with that comment, and I mean howling. I'm sitting in my studio, detached from the house. Bev is working and her daughter is sleeping, and the dogs just looked out at me like I had lost my mind. What is the crazy man laughing at now they were thinking. Then they yawned, scratched themselves, and went back to sleep.

      I get no respect, DJ. :)

      Thank you my friend. I do keep trying to reach higher. I want to stun my readers...that has always been my goal. Your comments help me to realize that every once in awhile I manage to do that. :)

      bill

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      That brain fart triggered a life lesson of seismic portions...I would say (LOL).

      I am starting to think we had the same Dad, Holland! Seriously, love this and the way you presented it...Voted UP and all across!

      Happy Labor Day! Love, Maria

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      God, I'm sorry Michael. I thought I had taken those cleats off. LOL Poets...writers....critical is our middle name. You are very welcome buddy. Keep writing; the world needs more poets and not less.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Alice, sorry about the cultural differences...a brain fart means you have forgotten something at the moment that you should never forget....like if I were introducing my wife to someone and I forget her name...that is a major brain fart. :)

      I once thought I would live forever. Never going to happen my friend. :)

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, you kill me...in a good way. LOL

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago

      Bill,

      I think the tough part for me is when I think back upon times in which I was disciplined, but I did not know what it was I had done wrong. I remember a second grade teacher taking her ruler, holding my hand down on my desk and swapping me several times. To this day, I have no idea what I did. So, I think the lesson you present here is very true. While your coach got under your skin, you knew exactly what you did.

      Great Piece per usual. Voted Up/Shared.

      Happy Labor Day Holiday to you,

      Kim

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      LKMore01 4 years ago

      Inspiration. This paragraph resonated with me most. Thank you, Bill. for another beautiful gift.

      "Find personal satisfaction in the knowledge that you are doing the best you can. Find a quiet spot inside of yourself where you can pat yourself on the back and know you are facing a tough situation and facing it with style and strong character. Know that kismet is real, and if you do not receive what you are due today, you will at least have a strong work ethic and solid reputation upon which you can build for the future."

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Bill... thanks for the great write , it is inspiring.. every once in a while ..you need a good kick in the butt... thanks for that , I was starting to feel I was being mediocre, as you know we poets are so critical of our selves .. just that next time... could you take of your cleats...LOL

      Michael

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      DJ Anderson 4 years ago

      Happy Labor Day, Bill.

      Wow! What a harsh lesson to come your way, at an early age.

      Most coaches, during my school years, were raving, egotistical maniacs

      with a drinking problem. Yes, I was on the field. Cheerleader--middle school, high school and college. No cheerleaders in baseball.

      I was one who never thought that belittling built character.

      I get it. I understand that your article is not about burned out coaches.

      So, I got that off my chest.

      Here we go.

      Great Article, Bill! Yes, some lessons are learned by paying a heavy price.

      Life is not easy, but we must keep swinging and never give up.

      We must cultivate compassion; we should chose to be helpful; we must learn that being human makes us responsible for others who cannot find

      the strength to help themselves. OK. I added a bit there.

      It can be hard to cover all the bases but, the end may depend on our

      actions today.

      You have inspired me to dust. You may not think that is a big deal,

      but it is. Just ask my husband.

      I am somewhere between, 'cleanliness is close to Godliness' and 'I really

      don't give a shit'. The meter reading is actually pointing right at the 'shit'

      marking. But, the choice is dust or buy face masks.

      I am told that my sign, "Please do not disturb the dust--scientific testing in progress", has lost its charm. So, dust I must. I bet you had NO idea

      that you were going to inspire me to take such extreme measures!! LOL

      Great article, Bill.

      I have come to expect nothing less, from you.

      You are the one who set the standard, and you reach a little higher with

      each new posting. And, even though you have to contend with my comedic antics, you pull it off like the gentleman that you are.

      And, for this and so many other kind treasures that you share with us,

      I say, "thank you".

      DJ.

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      Alice Ann Day 4 years ago

      Bill, you definitely have valuable things to say. I really enjoyed the motivating video. Its true what you say, we're only here for a while, why not at least try and find peace and joy. Cant believe whats happening on this earth right now, pretty scary. I think people just lose the point. Do you know there is only 120 months in 10 years, we seriously think life is longer than it it.!

      PS. What is a brain fart? :)

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

      Come on world --- let me slam my face into your fist!!!! Love

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And Suzie, in the end, that is what matters...how we feel about ourselves and our efforts while alive. I sleep pretty darn good at nights my friend. I like who I am and what I have become. I wonder how many can say that?

      Thank you my dear and I hope your week is a good one.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, for those who do understand they will never understand. I think there is a responsibility to that comes with living....we get one damn shot at this and I can't see doing things half-assed while I'm here...and obviously neither can you. Thanks buddy!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Oh how true your words are yet again. Do your job or move on. I have always believed in doing a job to the very best of my ability, giving it all I have and then some. Did I get patted on the back for turning several businesses around no not really. Did I feel hard done by yes but know what, that inner voice saying "I know I did a damn good job and that's what's matters" was there giving me the spur on we all need at times.

      I have held many different jobs like you and others and have changed direction more times than I know but it has all been part of who I am, what makes me my own person, we all have it if we believe in ourselves.

      Great post my friend, hope you had a great weekend!!

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

      It was 1965. My momma said it was too wet and cold to race that day. I laced my boots as tight as I could and asked for my jacket. She got it down for me --- and lingered like she did for me to give her a peck on cheek I was only seven but I was on the ski team. My choice - and I do believe the lady protest to much, so that I would own my drive. I cannot feel in many of my toes from frostbite in those days. I just missed the Olympics but made pro and was happy at it. Winning something every race --- and I do not mean a trophy.

      Bill I asked myself why did your story not bring memories of coaching? No it was that lesson -- Boot up and Show up no matter what!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crafty, The Gambler by Kenny Rogers, and yes indeed it sounds like that song. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randy, no doubt buddy. We come from a different era where you gave it your all and walked away feeling good about it....I'm sensing those days are gone for many. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blake, what a great remembrance. Thank you for sharing that with us.....if you haven't done so already you really need to write an article about that uncle of yours. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, you want to know what's funny? It didn't dawn on me that I had posted this on Labor Day and the significance of that. LOL OMG am I clueless sometimes or what? LOL

      Thanks Mary; your mother was right by the way.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, I think you said it perfectly...it is all about our value systems and refusing to accept mediocrity as the norm. Thank you dear friend and I hope you are well and happy.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Another excellent hub. Reminds me of that song, you got to know when to hold em. Know when to fold em. Know when to walk away. Know when to run! You better count your blessings.....that one. Can't recall the name of it right now.

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      "If it ain't worf doin' well, it ain't worf doin," a quote from my late great dad, himself a stickler for working hard at any job he approached. Having said that, I doubt one of today's baseball coaches would take out a pitcher when he's tossing a good game, Bill. It seems to be all about winning these days and not about teaching young players important lessons of life. More's the pity.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I can choose to thoroughly enjoy your hubs and totally agree with you which, by the way, I do! My mother always told me it was my responsibility to do any job with all I had, to it and do it right, the rest will come. Personal integrity... and I have to admit I totally agree with bravewarrior!

      A great way to kick off Labor Day my friend.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Bill - I always think you should offer your best in whatever you decide to do. But I do see a lot of mediocrity on a daily basis. There is an acceptance of it too. It's all about our value system, both personal and societal. I don't know what else to say!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I considered putting that line in this hub but decided I didn't feel like offending anyone today. Thanks for doing it for me. LOL

      love

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, you've said it all. All I have to add is, s--t or get off the pot!

      Great motivational piece, my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, the rewards are out there for us if we work for them....work is the key, and a determination to be the best that you can be.

      I love life my friend. I want everyone to do the same.

      blessing and thanks always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, your dad was a wise man....the same things taught to me and those lessons never leave.

      Yes, I am working all day today, as is Bev. There are no holidays for writers and you know that as well as I do. We are driven to improve and succeed. :)

      Thank you my dear friend. I hope you and your family enjoy the day.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Bill,

      Good thoughts for Labor Day, althogh I am not laboring today, well at the regular job that is : ) due to the holiday, but plenty of laboring elsewhere going on, as our work is truly never done, cliché but true.

      We must do our best at whatever we do, even when not being fairly treated in this life, as that is life for sure. We must deal with the unfairness in this life, but it is when we truly strive to do our best, then we will reap what we have sown eventually.

      Have a great Labor Day!

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      My dad always told me, "You work now, so you can play later!" Essentially, I was taught do my job the very best I could and not give up until I had. This is probably why I am the way I am to this day, because I will never forget all I was taught about work ethics from my parents. This we definitely have in common (and know we have so much more, too). Thank you for sharing and seriously yet again couldn't agree more. Probably why I am working since 7 am on Labor Day Morning. Hope you aren't working too hard though and get a bit of time to enjoy for you today now, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Liz....memories are worthless unless we learn from them, and I have a lot to learn from. :) Have a wonderful Labor Day!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Joe! I'm not sure I want to go to that higher league my friend. LOL I'm perfectly content playing in the minors.

      Thanks buddy; there is a great sense of calm knowing that you have me backed up.

      Have a great day; the clouds have arrived this morning but more sunshine on the way. Enjoy your Labor Day!

      Aloha

      bill

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      This hub hit home a bit, as you said everything you do is connected. That is such a harsh truth, but it is definitely a truth. Everything has consequences. Nicely done here and I like the way you presented this point.

      Have a great day!

      Liz

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Bill, Mondays are my favorite day of the week now that I look forward with great anticipation to see what my favorite writer--and kismet--have in store for me.

      Thanks to an expensive youthful lesson and a coach who cared enough to provide it to you, you're definitely doing the job and never hanging it up until you get your call to go up to the Higher League!

      Aloha and good cheer, my friend! Know that I'll be dutifully covering you from rightfield when the first baseman makes his throw.

      ~Joe

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I know a ton of them and I don't understand them at all.

      Happy Labor Day my friend. I hope you have an enjoyable day, and thanks for being the first to visit.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Maybe I had a bad attitude. But anytime I didn't like a job..I quit....If I couldn't love it I didn't do it. However, I have always been best in my own thing....and not having a boss..Just my customers who are your bosses. Do your job...What a statement..and how many people do we know , that don't..Hope you are having a nice day today....