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Expecting The Wind To Change: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on August 12, 2014

How Is Your Wind Blowing

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”

~ William Arthur Ward

A man walks into a bar, orders a beer, and says to the bartender: “Hey, have you heard this joke? People are intolerant assholes.”

The bartender looks at him and says: “That’s not funny you idiot.”

The guy just looks at him and says: “No, no, it isn’t funny at all.”

I’ve always wanted to use that introduction to get your attention and finally decided today was as good a day as any.

Well, do I have your attention?

I love the quote above for so many reasons. Bev calls me a cynical optimist. I’m constantly hoping for change in society, and I bang the drum and shout from the rooftops, tilting over windmills and blithely going about the business of trying to save the world, all the while cursing under my breath about the hopelessness of it all, that people will never change and we are all doomed to repeat a history that is bleak and foreboding.

Whew! It’s exhausting being me.

So which are you? Are you complaining about the wind, expecting it to change or adjusting your sails?

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The Pessimist

Criticism and pessimism destroy families, undermine institutions of all kinds, defeat nearly everyone, and spread a shroud of gloom over entire nations.

Gordon B. Hinckley

Well that’s certainly a bleak quote by Mr. Hinckley, but I have a hard time arguing with it.

What good is pessimism? Seriously, what possible positive outcome can come from constantly seeing the negatives in life?

I am a firm believer in the existence of GIGO, or Garbage In/Garbage Out. If all you think about are negative thoughts then your actions, by extension, will be negative. I am also a believer in karma, that if you live a life of negativity then you will attract negativity throughout your life.

I do not hang with these people. In fact, I have made a conscious effort to eliminate them from my life. Complaining accomplishes nothing. Pointing the finger of blame is useless. Casting stones is the action of a person eager to get hit by a barrage of larger stones.

Do you know someone like this? Their skies are forever overcast. Gloom and doom dog their steps throughout each day, and in an effort to lessen their misery, they point to that group over there, and those standing over there, and they explain that if we just got rid of those lazy do-nothings and those left or right wing mental defects then everything would be fine, and I could have been a contender but my parents didn’t love me and the economy sucks and if I could just catch a break and…and….and….

They suck the life right out of me and I avoid them like the plague.

So what are you?

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The Realist

Well, this just happened so we need to do this, or this is going to happen so we need to take these steps, or this is inevitable and this is the path we need to take.

Welcome to the world of the realist…it’s just the way things are, so we had better get used to it and hunker down.

People are intolerant? Live with it. Drugs and crime are inevitable? Protect yourself and your loved ones because that’s just the way it is. People are homeless and starving? Not much I can do about it and hey, it’s always been that way and survival of the fittest and pass the steak and potatoes please.

There is nothing wrong with reality, and there is nothing wrong with a realist in theory. I would rather hang with a realist than someone in a padded room who thinks Spiderman visits them each morning for breakfast…..but….

I'm not an optimist. I'm a realist. And my reality is that we live in a multifaceted, multicultural world. And maybe once we stop labeling ourselves, then maybe everyone else will.
Octavia Spencer

That quote beautifully summarizes the world of a realist. There is a statement of fact…of reality…and a summation of what needs to be done to change that reality….but there is no statement of actual action, and therein lies my problem with a strict realist.

A realist is a reactionary be definition. This has happened so this is what I need to do. This is going to happen so I need to make these preparations. This has always been the way so I need to adjust.

Nowhere in any of those statements is the possibility of changing the way things are or will be, but rather to adjust according to the changing landscape. Big difference!

I live with an optimist and this is what she sees daily
I live with an optimist and this is what she sees daily

The Optimist

The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Or, to put it another way, a line from Tennyson’s Ulysses also sums up optimism: To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

There is a vitality to optimism, and there is a sense of having one foot in the present and one firmly planted in what could be.

“Ask not what your country can do for you…ask what you can do for your country”…..always prodding the established way of thinking….always testing the temperature of uncharted waters….always seeing things that never were, as Mr. Blake once pointed out, and asking why not.

While the realist is content to play checkers, the optimist is playing ten games of chess simultaneously, and the pessimist is off in a corner telling them both to stop wasting their time because the world is going to end in five thousand more years.

The optimist embraces PIPO, Positive In/Positive Out, and realizes that if change is going to happen then it is up to him to be a positive influence on that change and in fact mold the change in a positive manner.

Join a bunch of optimists and dreamers on Humanity One World
Join a bunch of optimists and dreamers on Humanity One World

So Again I Ask

Which way is your wind blowing?

The marvelous part of this whole concept is that you get to choose. You can piss and moan about the wind, and be tossed about randomly without an anchor. You can accept the wind as reality and continually alter your sails and course, or you can see the wind before it happens and in fact huff and puff to become an integral part of it.

Yes, I am a cynical optimist. I have been disappointed for years by my fellow man. I have cringed in the face of greed and bigotry and hatred and complacency, but instead of locking myself in a guarded bunker and weathering the storm, I prefer to be part of a change to come. I refuse to believe that things will not improve. I refuse to believe that man is destined to wither and rot on a vine of his own construction, and I refuse to believe that brighter days are not possible.

As long as there are people willing to step up and demand accountability then we have a chance. As long as there are people who want to work towards positive change then we have a chance. As long as there is goodness in the hearts of man, compassion in the hearts of man and empathy in the hearts of man, then we have a chance.

Will you join me? Will you look into the future with me, gaze into the years to come and see things that never were, and ask why not?

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Once again I think we agree on something else. Seriously, I am very optimistic in live in general and try my best even knowing how the world operate (yes this is cynical at best) to still look at the glad half full not empty. I have my mom to thank for that, because she always told me that no matter how bad I could think things are, there is still someone worse off and to just try to think positively. So, yes I can't help but still be this way and that is just me I suppose. Thanks Bill for sharing and have a great Friday now!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I was pretty sure you were an optimist before this comment. LOL I find you to be uplifting and supporting and a very positive influence on all who know you.

      Thank you my dear and have a great weekend.

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Morning, Bill.

      I have more gas than wind, these days.

      (I did not just say that!)

      Great Hub!

      Have a super weekend!!

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....DJ, great line....enough said.

      Have a great weekend my friend, and thank you!

      bill

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      Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Darned! I thought I would be the first person to comment this morning since I was with the poll you gave. But, I was able to be the first to say "Awesome" and "Beautiful." :D I hope you're having a great morning, Bill.

      After reading your first section, I could relate so very well. Most people see me as an optimist. I'm not sure about those online as I think my feelings do come out as optimistic, realistic, and pessimistic. You've probably seen it. LOL. When I am pessimistic though, I have to say it doesn't take long to get back to reality because you and some of our other hubber friends have always helped me back. Thank you! :D But, at home, I'm sure that my husband and kids think that I've got multiple personalities. LOL. I guess that's just being "human"???

      Anyway, it is definitely going to take an army to help people back to reality which will then bring forth change for the positive. With your message being preached to the world, along with other great writers like yourself, I'm sure it will have a great and positive impact. We can do it, Bill. I have no doubt.

      Have a wonderfully blessed weekend, my friend. :D

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, one of the biggest reasons I divorced my second (and last) husband was because he constantly criticized everyone and everything, including me and my son. I was sick to death of his negativity and thinking he was better than everyone else. No matter how hard I worked at trying to have my positive attitude spill over onto him, he just wanted to be negative. What a waste of energy! So, I took out the garbage and divorced his negative ass! I have no room for negative people in my life.

      P.S. The H.O.W. website seems to be having a domain name issue. I get an error message when I try to bring it up.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Yes, I am a cynical optimist. I have been disappointed for years by my fellow man. I have cringed in the face of greed and bigotry and hatred and complacency, but instead of locking myself in a guarded bunker and weathering the storm, I prefer to be part of a change to come. I refuse to believe that things will not improve. I refuse to believe that man is destined to wither and rot on a vine of his own construction, and I refuse to believe that brighter days are not possible.

      Oh what great words Billy and I am with you 100% !!!

      I also loved the quote

      THE OPTIMIST

      “The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy.”

      Dietrich Bonhoeffer

      We have to have hope while still sticking reality because if we have no hope them we have nothing ;and I am not a person with NOTHING!!!!

      another wonderful share my dear friend and keep them coming.

      lots of love from my little corner of Wales.

      Eddy.

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      Sheri Dusseault 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Optimistic all the way baby! Here is a great short video that shows true optimism from a little girl.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1MY7KURim0

      I promise you it will put a smile on your face.

      I think it is important what you let in your space. If one is constantly letting media brainwash you with doom and gloom it is tough to see this beautiful world as it really is. For every child that is abused there are millions who are loved and cared for and that is the norm. Same goes for all the horrors...they are rare...that is why they shock us, because most of us are kind and living our lives one day at a time, the best we can and with the best intentions. Most of us are not raped, robbed or abused. Turn off the news or better yet google good news and you will be swamped with uplifting stories. I am working on a project called "Peace is a verb" and in doing so I am approaching strangers and asking if I can take their picture making the peace sign. I ask them if they believe in world peace and do they think it is possible and so far everyone has given me a great big yes! My intention is to take all these pictures and with photoshop color a picture of our beautiful planet with tons of tiny pictures of peace loving people. That means most of us! If you or anyone else wants to be a part of this, please email me! Great hub Bill and I hope you can lose the cynical part of your optimism and just go ahead and fill your glass all the way with crystal clear life!

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      alexsaez1983 3 years ago

      "Evolution literature is riddled with such words as "might, could, probably, possibly, may have, we don't know, we think" etc"

      A HA! I knew it. You've almost directly quoted Ray Comfort, a Christian apologist. You didn't read any science. You lifted that off of him. And please, if you did read that somewhere (which is most likely a lie), please provide a reference.

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      alexsaez1983 3 years ago

      Whooops, sorry, wrong question. Stupid screen skipped down. Disregard it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Abby, I think we all appear, at times, to have split personalities. I know I can get down, but eventually I get tired of wading through my own crud....and I snap out of it pretty fast...besides, Bev won't allow me to be down very long. LOL

      Thank you and I hope your weekend is all that you hope for.

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

      I had a Novia once that called me "Criticon" a strange Spanish middle Mexican term that refers to a critical thinker/speaker. I reckon she had me pegged right.

      But when I look at a glass with no fluid in it --- I see a glass that is full ??

      Of air. Hey if I was underwater I might really like that glass. I work at debt restructuring and problem resolution a lot. Normally it is just a matter of putting enough energy into that glass to make it sparkle regardless of what fills it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Sha...I love it...divorced his negative ass....great line.

      Don't know about the website. Mark is in charge and I haven't heard from him lately. Thank you for the heads up and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, I refuse to give up hope...not in my nature, and I'm going to keep pounding this message in my writing and maybe, just maybe, we will pick up a few converts along the way.

      love and thanks

      billy

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alex, I have no earthly idea what you are talking about or who Ray Comfort is, or was, but thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank God, Alex....you had me shaking my head on that one. LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, your comment had me smiling....an empty glass that is full...I love it buddy.

      Have a great weekend and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheri, I love your project called "Peace is a verb"....I look forward to the end result. As far as losing the cynicism, we can always hope, right?

      Without a doubt most of us are not raped, robbed or abused....but what of those who are and are ignored....or can't receive the help they need....I'll have to keep paying attention to those, Sheri, because to do less would not be me. :)

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      I think I'm an optimistic realist. I see things the way they really are and I believe we can change them. Your writing and thoughts show so well what potential we have if we only dig down, find it, and do something!!

      Have a great Friday.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and shared.

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      ziyena 3 years ago from Southern Colorado

      I've been reading all these forum comments of late and rolling my eyes ... so tired of hearing about SEO, tech talk and the numbers game, elitist people who want to weed out who they think is RUBBISH and think they know it all ... about writing content, and that's just it ... it's freaking CONTENT ... where's the heart? Where's the emotion, the vulnerability and experience of life? Have we lost our touch with humanity even in writing? Where's the magic and the positive creativity that made Hubpages exciting to be able to share thought and perspective? Now all we see is constant whining about how we're losing stats. Shut up, edit your work and just believe in yourself and know that ... IF YOU WRITE IT THEY WILL COME

      Just felt like sharing my rant ... thanks Bil

      UP

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Love it Mary....dig down, find it, and do something! Great words to live by my friend.

      Enjoy your weekend and have fun!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ziyena, you can drop by and rant any old time you feel like it. I don't even hang around the forums. I can't stand the complaining and bitching about SEO, as if that had anything to do with real writing. I am going to stay on this soapbox for as long as I live....writing is an art and it should be treated like one....and to hell with content writing.

      See, we fit on the same soapbox. :)

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      ziyena 3 years ago from Southern Colorado

      LMAO! Thanks for the laugh ... to Hell with them ... oops! CONTENT

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      LaDena Campbell 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Bill -I am the eternal optimist. I am always looking for the good in people and want to see positive outcomes for everything that happens. I struggle when I hear others say "there is nothing we can do about it" and refuse to believe that. I believe there is ALWAYS something that can be done to make a positive change in the world - no matter how small. So I just keep plugging along with my rose colored glasses and hope for the best while trying to make my own small differences in any way I can.

      Thanks for making us think, once again!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ziyena, I'm with you on this one all the way. I am sick and tired of content writing and I refuse to spend one minute looking for the perfect keyword. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LaDena, the world needs more people like you. I am tired of the negativity, and I refuse to allow it to stop me on my quest to change the world. It's nice knowing there are others out there who believe that too.

      Thank you for stopping by my optimistic friend; have a great weekend.

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      Mark G Weller 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Bill, this is right on and so very much needed in the minds of society.

      PS, the H.O.W. website is hosted and run by Silvergenes now. It is at:

      http://www.humanityoneworld.org/

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mark...I appreciate all you do.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, if all cynical optimists are like you, they're the best. Thanks for always promoting reality and sharing what works for you!

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      Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Hi Bill

      I don't if I am pessimist, or am optimist. Sometimes I am both. Sometimes my glass is half full, but I try to keep it full. At least I try, I don't give up.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      One of my favorite topics! Thank you! It is, btw, not unbearable currently because we are at the beginning of monsoon season. It is, unfortunately, humid and that does not go well with temps in the 100s!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Completely agree with you Billy and am with you all the way and now for that terrible word 'but' which I wish were not in my vocabulary - am afraid you may just have to try to convert all the rest of the writers of these here pages, the ones who seem to do nothing but moan and groan about bad stats etc etc. This Newby wonders where it will all end!!! Hope you have a great week-end Billy, I know I shall.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      I think our society has changed a great deal over the past years. Not sure how it all happened...However, take a look at parents today..not all....but this generation and past..brought up to feel entitled...I see it in my own family, and it really bothers me to think kids today from affluent parents don't have to work just ask..and if they don't get what they want ..they act out. I have said this many times, and we grew up knowing we had to work and go after what we wanted. How can these kids get suddenly responsible, take care of themselves, help others...I do wonder.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      I guess I'm all three. My attitude depends on where I am and the situation. I'm pessimistic at work and think nothing is ever going to change (unless they get some new supervisors). When it comes to the government, I'm a realist - politicians are all [you insert words here] so it's best to plan ahead. For most everything else I'm an optimist and think I do things to make little changes for the better.

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      That first subheading sounds like a question you'd ask someone after eating Taco Bell for dinner.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      PIPO! That's me! In fact, so much so that instead of complaining about how thieves are stealing my hubs and placing my hubs (word-for-word) on their sites, I chose to write hubs that are more personalized. Now, if they steal my work, they're just promoting me. And, I can't complain about that. Right?

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thanks for sharing, Billy

      You have shared with us your cynical optimist side many times. I think there is a lot more optimist and a lot less cynic...could be wrong. I certainly have been wrong before and will be again, no doubt.

      I just get the feeling from having read so many of your articles like this one that you tell it like you see it and then leave us to decide our take on it.

      Thanks for sharing...once again my brain got exercise ....mulling over time it is for me....

      Angels and blessings are on the way this afternoon. ps

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, it is always a pleasure. Maybe one day I'll lost my cynicism....there's always hope, right? :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And Michele, that's the key....never give up. We can correct a lot of mistakes along the way if we stay in the game. Thank you for your perspective.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, temps in the hundreds and muggy? Just shoot me! LOL You can have it my friend. I'm fine right where I am. Have a great weekend and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, I spent about the first six months here at HP worrying about stats and then it dawned on me....they have nothing to do with my abilities as a writer. Once I came to terms with that then I was free to just enjoy the process of writing. Thank you and I hope your weekend is wonderful.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, things have changed drastically in the past few decades and I don't think the change was for the better. As a teacher I saw what you are talking about daily, and I have to wonder how those kids can ever handle the responsibilities of adulthood. I hope I'm wrong.

      Thank you, Carol!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, I'm with you on the politicians. I have just accepted that they are not going to change, so I have to take care of myself and my loved ones. So yes, in that case, I am a diehard realist. :) Thanks for your perspective.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....Lizzy, I want you in Washington. I need to have you close by so I can laugh daily and hard.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nice Marlene! I've had work stolen but you know what? I don't care, and many of my writer friends cannot understand that. I can't control the internet so I choose not to waste my energy trying.

      Have a great weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS....shhhh...don't tell anyone your suspicions. I've spent a great amount of time and effort establishing the position of a cynical optimist. I'd hate to have people believing differently. LOL

      Blessings and a hug coming your way

      bill

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great thoughts from you on this hub Bill. Thank you and have a wonderful weekend my friend.

      Blessings and smiles :-)

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I love that; 'ask why not?' I do that so often and I think it is what keeps me going! Great advice. ^

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi, my brother is such a pessimist. everything he can moan at he does! lol! it can get very trying! I am totally opposite, well, most times! loved this, and I hope you have a great weekend, nell

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dahlia! I wish you the same, and thank you!

      blessings and a hug heading your direction

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, people who truly want change always ask that question. It comes as no surprise that you do.

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, it would be very hard to be around someone like that. I have no patience for the doomsayers of the world.

      I hope you enjoy your weekend as well my friend, and thank you.

      bill

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Sure! Why not?

      Up, Useful, Interesting, and awesome.

      I'm a cautious optimist. I often express it, "I hope and expect that ...." Everything does not go well 100% of the time, but it does lots more than 50% of the time if I meet the arriving future with expectant hope. "I think I can," as the little engine said.

      I've also learned that it's presumptuous to think I know good luck from bad luck. To use a Bible story as an example, his brothers' selling Joseph into slavery led, via his following his conscience when making decisions as he took life as it came, to his being made a powerful official in Egypt, able to bring his family to safety. Good or bad luck?

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is beautiful, as always! Thanks for sharing this encouraging message with us, and I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      For everyone that sees me at the lake, there are darn few that don't know about me. People have seen me pck up litter. Others have followed in my footsteps. I have been asked about birds, and provided answers, as well as told people not to put trash in the water for obvious reasons. The best people to tell are the kids, for they take the mission to heart. You BET I'm making a change!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I am an optimist, always have been and hope i will always be. Doom and gloom is not for me. I always look for a better tomorrow. There are millions of good people on our planet earth. The pesimistic bore me to tears. They are the people who do nothing to help another. It only takes one act of kindness to start the ball rolling..Great hub my friend...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kathryn! Just letting my muse run free for 1500 words. :)

      Wishing for you a wonderful, relaxing weekend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Trust in the kids, Deb! They are infinitely smarter than their parents because they instinctually know that the earth must be cared for.

      Thanks and yes, you are making a difference.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Ruby! Pessimism is a sign of defeat and I refuse to be around it....and we will overwhelm them with our glass half full philosophy. Count on it!

      Thank you, Ruby, and enjoy your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, I have always been of the belief that we make our own luck. I'm erring on the side of good actions leads to good luck. So far I have definitely been right.

      Good to see you my friend. Have a great weekend in Kalamazoo!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I am an optimist to no end!!! LOL Of course, we all have our days, but I always look forward to what tomorrow may bring. That is the beauty of this life, as we do not know what surprisingly wonderful blessing we are going to receive, even during the great trials, I have learned that at the end of such trial, I know I have grown and become stronger and much wiser for such trial.

      I just know you are going to have a lovely weekend, please do!

      Bless you,

      Faith Reaper

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an excellent hub, Bill. I try to be an optimist, but I must admit I find it hard at times! I will read your hub several times and think about the great points that you've raised. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Boy, did the winds change for me!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      The thing I love most about writing, Bill, is that eventually, it tells on me.

      I am an optimist.

      Your writing is a constant and familiar companion on my walks, and I thank you for that, my friend! Aloha, and have a great weekend with Bev!

      ~Joe

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I would say I am mostly an optimist, but every now and then a little bit of negativty tries to work its way in, crawling through an open space when it finds opportunity...whereas I try to kick it to the curb as soon as I can.

      Negativity has the potential to cause a snowball effect and if it you don't get rid of it like a hot potato, then it will stay, invite itself over for coffee, make a feast of your happiness and never leave.

      For my own sanity, I have to keep moving, keep living and keep trying. I've been labeled as a dreamer, however, many of my dreams have come true. One of my greatest strengths might also be considered a weakness- in that I don't give up, even when perhaps I should.

      I respect that you no longer associate with negative people as they can easily become emotional vampires and I've noticed many of that type grimace when they see someone else succeed.

      Love these type of hubs, Bill. I hope to be an eternal optimist one day. Right now, I'm simply climbing the steps to get there, occasionally tripping on a protruding stone, getting up, brushing myself off and continuing upward!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, how can we not be excited about the blessings of life, and yet so many are not.

      You bet I will have a lovely weekend, and I wish the same for you.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, it is hard at times, but it beats the heck out of the alternative, to constantly live with a dark cloud overhead.

      Thank you as always and I hope your weekend is filled with positives.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      They did indeed, Martin, but still you remain a positive influence on those who know you, and that is remarkable. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Joe and isn't that remarkable about writing, that we can make an impact on the lives of others without ever meeting them....we are the lucky ones in life, buddy. We spread beauty!

      Aloha my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, that was written by a true writer. What a lovely comment....never give up.....keep trying.....dreaming....those are foundations every life should be built upon.

      Thank you my friend and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. It is a pleasure getting to know you.

      bill

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      I love this. Bill there is a saying that no one is prophet in their own land. This is why I have share these words of yours. Hope others may see in another way what I mean. You are something else...keep helping us spread our wings even when the wind blows us to other places.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, thank you so much. I am just one small voice in a wilderness, hoping that my voice will carry and be heard.....I greatly appreciate you my friend.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I am an Optimist! I couldn't exist if I were any different. I keep hoping and praying things will change in our world, and I honestly do think they will change for the better. Life has a way of knocking us down, but we have to get up, brush ourselves off, and go again!

      Voted UP, etc. and will share.

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      PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi Bill,

      As always you pick the best subject to air in a hub---I enjoy them all.

      My sails are up on my sailboat of life and the sun is shining---full speed ahead in the positive waters. If I catch a negative fish—I throw it back into the positive waters.

      My world may not be reality to most---but I make it my own little positive world in my mind as I have many non-positives issues I deal with---and nip them in the bud---so I may return to my own little world.

      Our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents had many negative issues in the times they were born in. Even though it seems we might be going faster on our roller-coaster---remember it always returns to the top.

      I refuse to moan and groan about issues in my life---I solve what I can and I say—OK Lord I am giving you this to take care of as I cannot.

      Then I feel like my positive self again---and continue on my journey this is the only life I know. I help the ones I can and pray for the rest.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Hmm...sometimes I'm cynical, sometimes I'm a pessimist and sometimes I'm Pollyanna. But, I don't let myself stop believing that people can change, that the weight of the world shouldn't rest on my shoulders, and I plan on barreling through life doing the best I can trying to make my corner of the universe a better place to exist - for myself and for the rest of the people who interact with me. Have a great day, BB. :)

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      I have always been a 'cockeyed' optimist, Bill, although I must admit it seems to be getting more and more difficult amidst all the negativity that surrounds us. Nevertheless, I try to follow Churchill's maxim: 'A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.' That's the way my wind blows.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I agree completely my friend. Those who want to wallow in the crap are destined to be there forever. Thank you for your reflection.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bobbi, well said my friend. Moaning and groaning changes nothing. I have shrunk my world down to a manageable size, one I can affect with my actions, and I vow to make my actions positive in nature...it's the only way I know of to make changes for the better happen.

      blessings to you, Bobbi!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, I think that is the key. We can't change the world but we can be a positive influence on our little corner of the world. Bravo lil' Sis....you go, girl!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I have always loved that quote by Churchill and I live by it.

      Thar she blows! :)

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      I think I used to trust people and taken them at face value. After a decade as a reporter, I have definitely become more cynical. It's comes with the territory. I've seen it happen to others in my line of work. It's a front row seat to the human drama, and there is a lot of bad behavior, but also a lot of good, if you look for it. That's why I love to write features. There are truly many extraordinary people within just one community.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crystal, I can only imagine what you have seen as a reporter. I think the same of the police....what they see each and every day, and how do they keep from becoming permanently jaded?

      Thanks for your perspective.

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      I think being a police officer would be very, very difficult. It takes a special kind of person. Based on my observations, a lot of them have a pretty dark sense of humor, but I guess it's a coping mechanism. And sometimes crime really is funny - trust me, I've read the reports!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I will always choose the optimistic view, regardless of how bleak it looks and how much others choose to view differently. I have also met people who have disappointed me, but I refuse to allow their actions to dictate how I live and respond to life. Great article!

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      Cheryl Simonds 3 years ago from Connecticut

      I don't think I could add anything else to such a wonderful article. It pushes you to think, feel, and be more positive to reach a more positive outlook; and while you are at it, be more positive in your own little world.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. The glass is always half full in my life. I have no time or patience for negativity. I am constantly looking ahead to something no matter if it's a big trip or a casual get-together with friends or family. You are right about negative people sucking the life from us. This is a great message Bill. We only go through life once so my not try to make the most of it. Thanks for the reminder, have a great Sunday.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crystal, I can only imagine. I have heard it often that most criminals are rather stupid; I am guessing some of those crime reports are hilarious. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, you summed up my view on life perfectly. I like that there are others out there, like yourself, who live the life I live. Power to the Positives of the world! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cherylone, that was my goal so I'm quite please to read your comment. Thank you and have a wonderful Sunday.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, yet another reason why I like you and consider you a friend. I hang with the winners; negative people need not apply to our Fan Club. :)

      Thanks buddy and have a great Sunday.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Being optimistic is the elixir of life and as refreshing as the early morning breeze. Without optimism life will be miserable and pointless. A great inspirational write.

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, despite all my best efforts, I am unequivocally a realistic, pessimistic optimist!

      ;) Pearl

      Voted this excellent article Up++++

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, I love the way you put it...as refreshing as the early morning breeze. Thank you and I agree.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, I would say you have all avenues covered nicely. LOL

      Thank you my friend and I hope your weekend has been wonderful.

      bill

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      If you don't try then you have already failed.

      Excellent writing, inspiring and true.

      I could feel that happy, swell like feeling you get in your chest when you believe that things can change one day; when I read it.

      My last sentence sounds very hippy like but it is true. Your words have the power to move people and only by evoking emotion is there any hope of change.

      Anna :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, I am an aging hippy so I feel right at home reading your statement....things can change...I firmly believe that....but we all have to be willing to be instruments of that change. I hope it happens soon. :)

      Thank you kind lady; I greatly appreciate you.

      bill

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      No one knows for sure of anything without trying. Another great hub of truth.

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      stephanieb27 3 years ago from United States

      As someone else mentioned, I think of myself as a blend of optimistic and realist! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, vkwok....there are no rewards for sitting on the sidelines of life.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Stephanie; it's good to see you.

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      I believe I cycle between moaning about the wind and expecting it to change while adjusting my sails. LOL, how is that? It just depends on my day and mood which comes first.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Linda, I'd say you have it all covered. LOL Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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