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How Do I Get Rich? A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on April 20, 2013

IN SEARCH OF RICHES

When I was getting ready to graduate from high school I began to toss around ideas of what courses I wanted to take in college. A fool’s errand for sure, for what high school senior truly has a clue about the real world and the future? Still, I should get brownie points for making the attempt.

My first choice was to become a teacher. I had always been good with children and I could easily see a life dedicated to helping the youth of our country.

My second choice was to become a National Park Ranger. I was in love with the wilderness and I had no problem envisioning a life working for our great National Park System. Just me and Smokey the Bear riding off into the sunset and saving the planet.

My dad, however, had other thoughts on the matter. He was a product of the Great Depression, and his dream was for me to graduate from college with a business degree and then go on to seek, and find, riches in the corporate world. I was the first Holland to attend college, so obviously it was a big deal for my family. They were all incredibly proud of me, and I sensed I carried with me the hopes and dreams of an entire family.

When it came time to declare my major I admit that I caved to the wishes of my father. He was the one sacrificing for me. He was the one working overtime to pay for my college tuition and yes, he was the one I grew up admiring and trusting. If dad wanted me to make it in the business world then by God I was going to do just that.

Rich at the age of twelve and didn't even realize it.
Rich at the age of twelve and didn't even realize it. | Source

REALITY REARS ITS UGLY HEAD

Well, the harsh reality was that I did not enjoy business courses. I damn near flunked out my first semester because college life was way too much fun and college courses were not. From there it was a constant struggle just to maintain some semblance of a decent grade point average. By the time I graduated with degrees in Marketing and Economics, my gpa was forever recorded as 2.80, and let me tell you that those three numbers impressed absolutely nobody when it came time to apply for business jobs.

My resume showed two degrees, a mediocre grade point average, three years of varsity baseball and a whole lot of partying and having fun. Not exactly the stuff of legends!

My father died before I graduated. He never did live to see his dream fulfilled, and it is probably just as well because his dream of me becoming a business mogul took a detour. Five years after graduating, having bounced around from one meaningless job to another, I returned to college and earned my teaching degree.

I found in teaching the riches I had been seeking.

FURTHER REFLECTIONS

I have earned six-figure incomes during my lifetime. I have owned and operated three businesses. I have owned my share of toys and I have played hard with them all. I took chances, embraced risk and lived on the edge. How I survived some experiences will forever be a mystery, but survive them I did and I am here to tell you that I never did become rich as my father envisioned, but I did become rich.

Confused?

Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.
Mother Teresa

It took me a very long time to realize that man can be rich without money. Man can have all of his needs met without abundant possessions. Man can be rich if, and only if, he learns to love.

HOW DO YOU GET RICH?

So sit back and relax while I tell you a few truths I have learned over sixty-four years. Allow me to make some suggestions that just might put you on the road to riches beyond your imagination. Allow me to show you how to get rich in life without money. Are you ready? Are you prepared to take notes? Then let’s begin.

Remember when

REMEMBER WHEN

Play along with me while we do an exercise. Remember back to the last time you were truly happy before you started working and started chasing the good life. I can remember as if it were yesterday. I was nineteen years old and didn’t have a care in the world. My father was still alive and I was livin’ large and lovin’ life. Yes, I had a summer job, but the job was more a “rights of passage” sort of thing rather than a necessity. The money I made was used to have fun, and I had so few bills as to seem insignificant.

There were few things I really needed so there was no pressure to constantly keep meeting my needs. My wants were easily paid for because, in truth, I had few wants. I had friends, a loving family and yes, a girlfriend. Life was good.

Oh how things changed. Somehow I got wrapped up in the same game millions of others play every single day. Must have a house…must have a nicer car…must have a bigger television….must, must, must….and suddenly making more money was a necessity because I had to pay, not only for my needs, but also my wants.

Fast forward forty years and I now see the folly in it all. Today I resemble that nineteen year old in that I am again surrounded by friends, family and love and yes, life is once again good.

In other words, I am rich without money.

Friends and family have given me riches
Friends and family have given me riches | Source

FRIENDS, FRIENDS AND MORE FRIENDS

I had quite a few friends when I was making a six-figure income. I was the life of the party and I was never shy about buying a round of drinks, or paying for group dinners. I had plastic, baby, and what I couldn’t pay for then I could easily pay for in twelve easy installments of $75 each.

I partied hard, played hard and loved hard, and all was good until the day I came crashing down to earth and found reality staring me in the face. My so-called friends could not be found when I could no longer buy a round of drinks. My bosom buddies were AWOL when I reached out a hand for help. I was….alone!

Again, fast forward to today. The friendships I have today have a solid foundation based on mutual respect. The bond I have with my son is as strong as ever, and I receive all the love I’ll ever need from Bev.

In other words, I am rich without money.

FINDING THE CORE OF MY HUMANNESS

I don’t know when it happened. I can clearly remember my youth, my teen years and even into my twenties, caring deeply about people and being emotionally invested in their joys as well as their pains. Life was a roller-coaster of highs and lows as my emotions were given free-run. To borrow from an old saying, I felt therefore I was alive.

Somehow over the years that slowly eroded. As my attention was turned more and more towards me and less on others, I found myself cold-hearted and unfeeling. I began to see the “wisdom” in the philosophy of every man for himself, and I was less and less affected by the problems of others. Then alcohol took control of my life and my only concern was to feed my addiction.

Once again we fast forward to today. Today I once again feel for others. I have found my long-lost compassion for my brothers and sisters, and the empathy I once felt has returned. When others are hurting then a part of me is hurting, and when others rejoice over good fortune I am there to rejoice with them.

In other words, I have found the better part of my humanity and yes, I am rich without money.

It's all about love my friends

TURN THE PAGE BUT RETAIN THE LESSONS LEARNED

I will be honest with you; there are times I would love to have just a little bit more money. I am not immune to the comforts that money can buy. I would love it if Bev didn’t have to work so hard to help pay what bills we have. I would love to experience what other people call a vacation. Heck, I would love to have that small farm I have dreamed about, and spend my remaining days writing while looking out at the pasture and critters.

However, I wouldn’t trade my life for anything. I have found happiness and yes, I have found love, and today I am a rich man.

I wish for all of you the same riches that I have found. It is there for you if you want it. All you have to do is love as though your life depended on it because, you see, it does.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Comfort Babatola 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Bill, you never came across as the 'partying and having fun' type. This was a good read. Having money is not a true measure of richness. It still comes down to having good health, family and friends.

      It's good to be rich without money. Voted up and beautiful Sir.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Somehow, coming from you, I expected this! I saw the title and I thought "I bet he's going to talk about how you don't need physical riches to be rich!" You did not disappoint =)

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

      Bill there is good news and bad news in this way of riches and life: The good news is you feel other peoples feelings, the bad news is you feel other peoples feelings.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Comfort, that was in another lifetime. I learned from it and I am better because of it. I had to make my share of mistakes before I found the truth. :)

      Thank you and enjoy your weekend of riches.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Natasha, i never want to disappoint you. :) I'm glad I gave you what you expected. You know me too well.

      Thank you young lady! Enjoy your day!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I understand that all too well. It can be a painful thing, this empathy. I wouldn't want it any different, though. :)

      Thank you Sir!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Bill my friend.. this is an awesome hub.. My riches are my family.. what would I do without my family.. I would be lost.. God has blessed me immensely... that is the treasure.. God and my family.. Money is good to have to pay bills and have food etc. but without family you have nothing.. great hub my friend

      Debbie

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I think it's fine to want more money for noble reasons (in order to provide a comfortable life for your loved ones or help to take care of the earth with a farm of your own). There is a big difference between those desires and wanting to feed your ego with a big house and new gadgets. At the core of it all is that if you're attached to the idea of having more money--you feel you need it in order to be happy or fix problems in your life--then you've missed the point of what true happiness is. If you keep your eyes open while you're young, you learn this lesson. Many walk through life with blinders on and never learn.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      That is beautiful. Enough said.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      A richer man I have never known my friend. And you share your wealth so freely; that's the beauty of you!

      Enjoy your weekend, Bill!

      Lots of Love,

      Sha

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Bill, just about the time I'm writing this, I hope you, Bev, and your son are thinking about or already deeply into a wonderful, recreational, and memorable Saturday. You brought it back home to the basics with your evergreen PIPO delivery, and I personally am hearing you loud and clear all the way over on this side of the Cascades!

      I gratefully receive the most beautiful sermons whenever I go on my walks, and in just a few minutes, my wife will drive me to her workplace in Walla Walla where I will make, oh, a 5 to 7 mile walk back, depending on the route I take. I guarantee you, my friend, that the sermon I will see and sense as I walk will be about love and will pivotally turn on some of the things you've shared here today. Thank you, Bill! Aloha from the Southern Palouse!

      Joe

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Written with wisdom, purpose and brings me back to my core...thank you for my inspiration today, Bill.

      Voted UP and UABI...Have a wonderful weekend. Love, Maria

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Yes said it perfectly and you already know you are preaching to the choir with me on this one!! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend my friend!!

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      DJ Anderson 4 years ago

      Bill, thank you for sharing a mental picture of your life from the early

      days to the present. You admit to making a few mistakes, which we all

      can relate. But, you found where true happiness resides. It resides in the heart. The healthy heart lives on a steady diet of love.

      You are leading the way, showing how to get in touch with our humanness, and teaching that love is the answer. You are indeed a

      rich man, Bill.

      You lead by example. As I have said before; " You are changing the world, one kind act at a time."

      Thank you for taking time to help all your Hub Page friends.

      You are a treasure, and I appreciate all your kind efforts.

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Debbie, and thank you! It's good to see you back my friend. You have been missed.

      blessings, today and always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, it sounds to me as though you learned your lessons well my friend. Thank you for the perfect analysis, and have a great weekend with that loving husband and daughter.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheri, it is enough said and I thank you for it! Enjoy your weekend in beautiful BC.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sha! I am a very lucky man, and I want to share the joy I have found. How cool is that?

      Life is good, Sha!

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, you discovered PIPO....I love it! Your walk sounds like just the ticket to start off a perfect weekend. I'm walking right alongside of you my friend. Thank you for everything. Your friendship is cherished by me.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, I will, indeed, have a wonderful weekend, and I wish the same for you my dear.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I am energized and filled with ideas about my future direction. The light bulb went off this morning when I awoke. I am ready. :)

      Thank you kind friend. Enjoy your weekend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, what a lovely message to start my day with. Thank you for your kind words. I am moving forward with a clarity and it refreshing and energizing. I have great hope for all of us, and if my words help others then I am the grateful one.

      Thank you so much! I hope you have a love-filled weekend.

      bill

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is beautiful. Money is great, but it shouldn't be our focus. When we put the focus on our loved ones around us, and what we do have, rather than what we don't, it's easier to be satisfied with life. I love your message, Bill, it is very inspiring!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Rich without money I believe that is a fact about life and you only know your real friends when have nothing to show for. The rich in your heart and happiness in your soul is what matters the most, I so agree with this Hub and you made a clear point here thanks

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi Bill,

      I am so happy you found the true meaning of a happy and rich life.

      My dear Grandmother Knight taught it to me from a very young age. I've never judged people by their bank account.

      I have wealthy and not so wealthy friends. I am a happy country girl living with nature. family and my pets---great neighbors---so I am very rich in what is important in life.

      Your are one great writer and one of the people I most admire on HubPages.

      Your friend,

      Bobbi

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      That is so true. Great hub!

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

      Billy, I believe we are all searching for the same things in life, some of us just don't know what that is yet.

      So many of us are convinced that happiness means flash cars, the big mansion and having enough money to burn; but with all those material things, real happiness still eludes us. There just have to be another way. You are inspirational and informative as always.

      Have a great week end and my best to you.

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      Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      billybuc: Tremendous hub, so full of life lessons. '

      Love your sharing your story...if only we could go back to those days, I know that there are so many things I would change.

      All one has to do is check out celebrities on the internet...divorce, suicidal attempts, suing each other, infidelity, drug problems...it goes on and on. These people have so much money and so little happiness.

      You are right. You ARE rich. To me, the greatest values in life are peace of mind and good health. Without those you have nothing.

      Voted up, useful and beautiful. Blessings Sparklea :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      One of the things that stood out after reading..how bullet proof we are when young..and taking chances, risks were part of the daily venue. I can cringe a bit when thinking of the past. However, I would not change any of it. So you are where you want to be..and that is what counts most. As always Bill your words always come across with so much truth and honesty. And to top it off..always interesting.

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      Annie Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      A copy of this needs to be given to every student at some point in their high school career, Bill.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow, this is another awesome hub from you Bill. Yes, there is this special meaning to being rich and not many are aware of it. I always admire and love your writing Bill. Thank you for sharing this with us.

      Voting up and sharing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kathryn! Here's hoping that the coming weeks are happier than this past week has been. Keep living the life you are living and you will keep receiving the blessings you are receiving. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, thank you. You summarized it all perfectly.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bobbi, I am humbled by your words. Thank you for your friendship, and thank you to your Grandmother for showing you the way to happiness.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok...I hope you are having a great weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, it is always a pleasure having you stop by. Your comments are always encouraging and the spirit of friendship flows through your words. Thank you, Jo, and enjoy a wonderful weekend. The sun is out here and it finally feels like spring.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, I am indeed rich, as are you my friend. One look at that smile of yours tells the whole story. I am so grateful to have you as a friend.

      Blessings my dear

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, high praise indeed and I'll gratefully take it. Yep, ten feet tall and bulletproof, and thank God we survived it all. LOL I am where I want to be, as are you, and ain't it great? :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Annie, if it were only that easy. LOL I'm not sure I would have heard this message when I was eighteen. Hopefully others can learn from my story, and others like it....still, the hard times molded me into the man I am today, so I am grateful for them.

      Thank you my friend and have a great weekend in Texas.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      livingsta, thank you my young friend. I appreciate you very much and I have no concerns about the direction you are taking. Let the light shine through your smile and kind deeds.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      You've learned it well Bill. As we get older we begin to realize what is truly important in our lives and what makes us rich...in life and spirit. Nothing is more important than the love we receive and give, but, you know how I feel about that. Paying the bills and not being overly frivolous will keep us eating with a roof over our heads, if there's nothing more, so be it, as long as we have love and a happy family. Well done my friend.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Have a PIPO Sunday.

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      Cerebral Aspect 4 years ago from Westland, MI

      Excellent, sincere prose. Getting rich in fact does have multiple meanings.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Absolutely .....voted up up and away, Bill.

      Richness is right at our fingertips. It is the peace that comes from the love of those that we embrace.

      More money would be nice but I do not think I could have more joy than I do right at this very moment. No longer chasing rainbows, the pot of gold landed and all is good.

      Amazingly well said....hugs and blessings and many Angels are on the way :) ps Shared....

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      The beautiful truth that means everything, written flawlessly.

      You are like a firefly, soaring, giving of the light which is lighting so many paths, awesome :)

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      Old Poolman 4 years ago

      For some persons, they will never have enough money. If they were able to get every dollar available in the world it would still not be enough.

      Others view that guy with five bucks in his pocket as a rich guy.

      I have run the range of stone broke to a comfortable living, but have never been rich. Money has never been a motivator for me. I value good friends more than anything.

      Great hub Bill.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Man Billy, I had my notebook ready, prepared to take notes on how to make a million dollars this year! LOL. Just kidding. I wouldn't trade my life for anyone's. I'm with you. With a wonderful husband, two great little boys and family and friends I couldn't ask for more. Now, if God wanted to drop some more money on top of my richness I would not deny it. (-:

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      Nicely explained Bill !! You are as rich as you think from your heart !! Thanks for sharing ...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Money can't buy love. I am a living example of that. You know my story. I had anything money could buy yet felt alone and was miserable. I do not feel that money is evil, i am able to do things that make me happy by giving. I loved reading your story. You had a solid foundation as a youth, money can't buy that either. I feel blessed knowing you...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary my friend, it is always nice having you stop by. I hope you know how much I admire you and appreciate you. We speak the same language for sure. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cerebral, it does indeed, and I thank you for stopping by and leaving a nice comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I love that...the pot of gold landed and all is good. Indeed it is, PS....life is so good I could just spit. LOL

      Blessings and a hub, today and always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, what a beautiful, poetic and kind remark. Thank you so much. If I do, in fact, light a path, then I am one appreciative writer.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poolman, perhaps that explains why I respect you. Rich in money??? I just never have cared. I am motivated to be the best....if that brings money with it, that's fine, but the inner fire is what motivates me and always will. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Career, I'm sorry to disappoint you. LOL As for that money drop, keep looking to the sky and who knows, right? :)

      Thank you and have a great Sunday!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mr. veg, I am indeed, and I thank the heavens daily for my bounty. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, it is that foundation, from youth, that literally saved my life, and I will forever be grateful to my parents for doing their job so well.

      Yes, I know your story Ruby, and I respect you greatly.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You've described the best way in the world to become rich, Bill. Thanks for the reminder.

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      DabbleYou 4 years ago

      A really nice advice and a nice story. Some guys have all the luck, and I must say, you are one of them. :)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      We have to have the wealth of soul indeed, well said! Without it, material well being is meaningless.

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      Taleb AlDris 4 years ago

      In this fast moving world, you are able to take us to peaceful world. Thank for these magnificent moments you was able to share with us. Hope you will get the farm you hope.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. I myself, though not rich, was extremely fortunate.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      You've come full circle. You started out as a compassionate human, became a soulless member of the crowd (was this during the 80s, by any chance) and have, once again become compassionate. You're more fortunate than you realise. I imagine many of your fair-weather friends from you dark time are still milling about in the abyss, unaware that the answer to the sickness in the bodies and souls is not more money. Sadly, there is nothing you can do for them. Just like there was nothing anyone could do for you. They have to come to this answer on their own; just like you did.

      I'm sure it was a rough ole ride but you seem all the better for it. Do you still dream of becoming a Park Ranger?

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      So many truths here. When you talk about the high life of buying dinners and rounds of drinks only to turn around and find no friends around when you are at your lowest reminds me of Gatsby. We just finished reading The Great Gatsby in my classes. Too bad The Gatsbys of the world die before they figure out the lessons you discuss here. We all can learn from each other's experiences, so thank you for continuing to share yours. You always get me to think and reflect on my life and habits. Thank you!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      It is very difficult to find true friends who will stick around during troubled times. Family, happiness and true friends are treasures to be cherished forever. Great write.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia! I would trade any of it for all the riches in the world. ;)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dabble, I agree, some of us are extremely lucky and I am one of the grateful ones. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, my soul is free and walking in a pleasant garden of happiness. How cool is that?

      Thank you Michelle.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Taleb, thank you, and if I don't get that farm I will find happiness in some other setting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, I will echo your words about myself. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, it was during the 80's, a decade that I seem to have missed while wandering around in a fog. A park ranger? I only dream of it now when I visit Yellowstone. :) I am quite happy being a writer my friend.

      I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donnah, I love your statement that we can all learn from each other's experiences. How true, if we are willing. Thank you my friend. Only a month and a half and your vacation will be here.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, true words my friend. When you find a friend who will stick with you through anything, hold onto them tightly.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      I really enjoyed reading this---thank you for sharing it. Park ranger was on my list of job ideas at one point too :-).

      It's wonderful that you have grown your experiences into such a rich story that you can give to others.

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      I just appreciate your down to earth messages and frankness, but above all, your willingness to tell all . . . the good, bad and ugly! Thank you Billy! Kathi, :O)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lurana, what good are our experiences if we can't share them? I'm just grateful someone reads my stuff and listens occasionally. :) Thank you my Chicago friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fossil, we all have warts. I learned a long time ago that there are things uglier than warts.....I'm just happy you and others find my stories interesting.

      Thank you for stopping by on this Sunday.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks, Bill, for taking the time to remind us what the most important things in our life are: the love we give and receive from family and good friends.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Brilliant insight as always, dear friend! How is it that we get swept up into the fast lane of life - as if it were...natural!

      i agree with you - it's NOT!

      i sold insurance for 14 years and - gave it all up - just to be happier and healthier..

      i had no other form of income and no disability for my disability and - i didn't care..

      i look at those playing 'the game' and - i feel nothing but pity! i see all their bright and shiny toys and all i see is BURDEN..

      i - like you Bill - appreciate the simple things in life - the sound of birds singing, the feel of sun on my face - my dog (and my computer..LOL..)

      lol..

      love yaxx

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I doubt you needed the reminder my friend, but thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie....would I like a little bit more money? Yep! Am I happy without it? Yep! I'll take it when it comes and live the good life if it doesn't. :) Life is good my friend.

      Thank you! I hope you are well. It's about time for you to shake things up again.

      love,

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Amen, I am with you on this one, Bill!

      Being rich does not have one thing to do with how much money one has! Love, family, health and friendships is what makes one rich in this world, and the sooner one realizes that and does not take those very things in this life for granted, the happier one will be no doubt!

      And enjoying God's beautiful creation and slowing down enough to do so!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      A fine and simple message, loud and clear. I don't think it's difficult to understand, maybe a bit difficult to follow for some. But you drive home the point pretty effectively with a personal example. It's up for grabs and you show it how to.

      Thanks Bill! Have a great day.

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      Philip Cooper 4 years ago from Olney

      The wisdom of growing old is to realise that riches are not physical but emotional. If only we had that wisdom in our early years when we could have made more wise choices. Great hub Billy.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Billy,

      Wow, a moment with Bill, a bout of sleep deprivation and some Alan Jackson singing remember when is enough to make an unstable girl cry in her coffee. You are so right, I just wish everyone could see through your eyes! It seems the more that time passes the more that people want and forget about what truly makes us rich. I think you need to scream this one from the rooftops my dear!

      Up and awesome!

      Cat

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, slowing down enough to do so....amen to that my friend. It's a beautiful day here and I'm going to do exactly that throughout the day.

      blessings to you, today and always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, if I don't follow these suggestions myself then I am just a warm breeze in the air that few will pay attention to. This is doable if anyone wants it badly enough.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      one2get2no, thanks for visiting my friend. My goodness, what I could have done with this knowledge in my twenties. LOL But then I would have missed out on an awful lot of fun. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, I'm glad I could help with the sleep deprivation. Don't want you going without sleep; then you wouldn't be able to write your fine hubs. Thanks for spending part of your night with me. :)

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Bill..i've been shaking things up..trust me...lol..

      but - i started a blog - god knows why - i just woke up in the middle of the night with this thought that i should be blogging..

      i didn't even know exactly what it was..i don't follow any either..

      soooo...if ya want - the links are on my fb page - and if ya want - you can input your email addy into this little 'box' on the post - and you'll be notified (WARNED??) if and when i write anything..

      again - i have NO idea why i'm doing this..lol

      Mike (cloudexplorer) has been a BIG help!

      he smart and - he think YOU da MAN!

      lol

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike is a great resource for blogging and all things related to the internet, Leslie. I just stopped by and signed up. I'll spend more time there once I get my hubs written for the week. :) Thank you my dear and I'm really happy that you started a blog.

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Bill, I wanted to hit the Beautiful button fifteen times to show you just how much I loved this hub. You are so rich, I'm sure you're dad would have agreed. To love and be loved brings all the riches we need. Beautiful as always.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thunder, I don't think I have ever mentioned this to you, but I love your profile picture. There is a peacefulness to your smile that is genuine and endearing. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Ahhh - The riches you have reaped today are more precious than gold. I am only saddened that you lost your dear Dad so young. I do wish he could have been there physically to see you graduate. This is a great reflective hub, perfect for reminding all of us, at the end of the day, substance is what matters most - not quantity of the almighty dollar.

      Here's wishing your blessing only continue to multiple.

      Love,

      Beckie XO

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, very rarely does a day go by when I do not think of my dad and wish he was here to provide counsel....or just to sit and laugh with me. :) I am rich, Beckie, and I'm the most grateful man on the planet.

      And I am grateful for your friendship.

      love,

      billy

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      SilentReed 4 years ago from Philippines

      There's nothing wrong with having money. It's what we do with it that makes the difference. First they say "money is the root of all evil", then it gets edited to " Wanting or desire for money is the root of all evil." (Why fault the rich for the evils of society. Let's spread the blame, everyone has the right to equal opportunity.;))

      Money should be use as a means for providing material comfort. What one find offensive is it's use as a means to gain control or ascendancy over others (buying their love and affection or holding it like the sword of Damocles to threaten and enforce compliance to our way of thinking.)

      Eric Hoffer wrote " The poor on the borderline of starvation live purposeful lives. To be engaged in a desperate struggle for food and shelter is to be wholly free from a sense of futility." Money can't buy happiness, but I think that's a bit extreme.:)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      SilentReed, no, there is nothing wrong with having money. I believe that to be true.....however, if accumulating money is your only goal in life well, then, the boat just sailed and you are not on it. :)

      Thanks for your reflections, most of which I agree with.

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      Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

      Your so right how we all seem to get caught up in the "I want's..." or "I needs..." that we take what we do have for granted.

      Voted beautiful, interesting, and useful. Thanks billybuc.

      ~Becky

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Becky! I have no doubt you understand the message in this hub. :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Wealth is all about perspective Bill and it sounds like you are incredibly "wealthy". Too bad more people can't live like that as well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, it is too bad. It's always nice to see you my friend. I hope you are well. Thank you!

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      Shiela Mae Parreno 4 years ago from Davao City, Philippines

      oh well, as always, your hubs are my 'thoughts to ponder' for the day..never fails to inspire me.. thanks billy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      shielamaeparreno, I am humbled that you think highly of my hubs. Thank you very much.

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      Nancy C Moores 4 years ago

      I so enjoyed this hub. I agree whole heartedly with you, and I too have found happiness, true happiness. There are always sad times that we have to deal with. But, when I pray I try to remember to say thanks for the measure of peace I have for that day. To be able to breathe deeply, and smell the soil and even the rain in the air before it even rains is such a rich blessing. I have love for all peoples everywhere. Even in the hardest person I believe there is a soft place. There is a true pure love called agape love which is the purest form of love that is from God. We all need to practice this love always. Take care, and the richest blessings to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nancy, thank you for a beautiful comment and I'm glad you liked this hub. Agape love? I have never heard of that so thank you for mentioning it.

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      QUOTE: "I am rich without money."

      I have never read a sentence like this before. It's a beautiful sentence. Can it be made better? How about: "I am rich because I've no money"? LOL. Jesus will definitely agree:

      "Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." -- Matthew 19:24

      By the looks of it, I will have an easy passage to the kingdom of God! How blessed it is to be poor, LOL.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, you and me both....richer than we could ever imagine. LOL You do make me laugh my friend.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Good point about high school students making choices about college. I had no clue back then what I wanted to do and though I got my degree in Information Technology, my interest in it has slowly vanished.

      It's funny how so many people believe that in order to be rich, you need to have tons of money. You've proven with your blogs that it is simply not the case.

      I know many rich people who are unhappy and many people of average income who are always cheerful. It all depends on who you surround yourself with.

      This was an excellent hub and glad I read it!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Liz, I'm glad you read it too. :) I guess the old saying "you can't buy happiness" might just be accurate.

      Thank you as always for stopping by, Liz. You are appreciated.

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