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I Believe In Love: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on December 29, 2013

It’s so Easy to See the Dark Side of Human Nature

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

Leo Buscaglia

If you are looking for it you will not be disappointed. It is all around us. Turn on the boob tube. Turn on the radio. Hell, just go for a drive and your senses will be attacked by evidence that perhaps mankind has not evolved nearly as much as we would wish.

Drive-by shootings, muggings, rapes, abuse, neglect, random acts of violence, all there to attack our serenity and lead us to believe that kindness and virtue are nothing more than words. When will it end? Never is the answer we cannot deny. As long as man has walked upright on this planet there has been proof of our dark side, and there is no chance of a sudden turnaround.

So we go about our days with apprehension. We refuse to make eye contact with strangers lest our gesture be considered threatening in nature. We turn our heads from the ugliness, hoping that to see no evil will eliminate that evil, but of course it is sheer foolishness to think so. We hide behind our gated communities and try to convince ourselves that safety is assured by those bars, knowing full well that safety is, at best, an illusion. We darken our hearts and protect our psyches, and in the process we lose a little bit more of our humanity. We hold our children tighter and yet know there is no way to truly protect them from the harsh reality waiting just outside our front door.

Yes, it is so easy to see the dark side of human nature.

And yet…..despite it all….despite the fear and insecurities and prayers at night requesting just one more day of safety….despite overwhelming proof that the world is spinning out of control….

I believe in love!

Love is all around us
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It Is All Around Us If We Choose to See

Love is always bestowed as a gift - freely, willingly and without expectation. We don't love to be loved; we love to love.

Leo Buscaglia

The young mother holding her newborn, gently rocking it and whispering words of comfort, seeing the hopes and dreams of a new generation in its eyes, and promising the gods and angels that this child will be raised to understand the importance of love.

The father, working day in, day out, at a job he despises; ignoring the physical pain and weariness, up every morn, dead tired every evening, all for the family he has vowed to provide for, all in the name of love.

The nighttime ER nurse, providing comfort to those so desperately in need, smiling upon them and telling them that all will be alright, touching them, assuring them, bridging generational and racial gaps, making that human connection we all need, that connection based on love.

The social worker who has dedicated her life to helping foster children; no biological bonding is needed, no higher pay is demanded; the rewards are in the faces of her children, in the tears of happiness and the look of safety she sees in their eyes, a look born from love.

The dedicated teacher turning year after year into magical learning moments, many times funding her efforts from meager savings; many times ignoring her own needs for the sake of her wards; enduring the long hours and under-appreciation because she knows…she knows….that her efforts will transform children into competent adults, all because she believed in love.

The inspiration for this article

It is in my home
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Do You See It?

Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time... It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other.

Leo Buscaglia

The best friends hugging at the airport; transmitting love without saying a word; remembering wonderful times and so very thankful for their bond, a bond cemented by love. Do you see them?

The octogenarians walking hand in hand down the street, married now for sixty years and still spellbound by their love, best friends for life and yes, in death. Do you see them?

The firefighters rushing headlong into danger, sworn to serve and protect, the ultimate risk of the ultimate sacrifice, believing with every fiber of their beings that man can make a difference, a belief born from love. Do you see them?

The Peace Corps volunteer, the Habitat For Humanity volunteer, the volunteers at the soup kitchens and homeless shelters and thousands of missions around the world, leaving the comfort of their own homes to spread a timeless gospel to those in need, the gospel of love. Do you see them?

The animal rescue workers who darken their souls by witnessing neglect and abuse but still show up, day in, day out, to do the work most people would never consider, work that involves the compassion and love for an animal. Do you see them?

Such a beautiful man

It is in my heart
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The Army Is Growing

What love we've given, we'll have forever. What love we fail to give, will be lost for all eternity.

Leo Buscaglia

A vast legion is indeed growing, spreading out from the Great Plains to the savannahs of Africa, from the towers of London to the tundra of Alaska, near and far, urban and rural, educated and hayseed, they cast tall shadows over the land as they march to a calling that cannot be heard, a longing that cannot be touched, a sweet scent that cannot be smelled….they march to the calling of love.

They seek not glory. They seek not recognition. They seek not pay or gifts or words of praise. All they seek is the blessed satisfaction of spreading that which cannot be held, that which cannot be quantified, and yet that which is crucial to our very survival as a species…..

Love, baby, love!

For love gives….and love receives. That is the timeless beauty of it, a gift that continues to spread its bounty long after that actual act of giving. There is no time limit on love. There is no expiration date on love. There is no “use before December 20th” warning nor is there any concern for it turning stale or rancid. There is no need for a list of ingredients on a gift of love, and there is no printed label discussing possible side effects, for everyone who has ever experienced love knows that the side effects are the “warms and fuzzies” that spread outward from your heart to the nether regions of your body and soul.

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It is in my memories
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And the True Wonder of It All

Love is always open arms. If you close your arms about love you will find that you are left holding only yourself.

Leo Buscaglia

And here I will share a secret with you all. This will not appear in the brochures touting the wonders of love. You will not find this in the fine print so don’t bother looking. Are you ready to learn this secret? Come a little closer while I whisper in your ear….shhhh….

Love begets love!

An act of love will produce a miraculous combustible moment and more love will be created. If I’m lying then I’m dying my friends. Love someone else and they, in turn, will love others. Show kindness to someone else and they, in turn, will show kindness to others. Show compassion and empathy and I promise you it will be replicated long after your acts of love are completed.

Love is the perfect renewable energy source. Toss aside the foolish talks about wind turbines, combustible engines, ethanol, solar power and nuclear power….love, baby, love! Put a gallon of love in your personal gas tank and check out your miles per gallon. You just might be surprised!

Yes, I see the darkness. I am only human after all. I am not immune to the slings and arrows of humanity at its worst. I have been touched by it as all of you have been….but….I have a choice. I can choose the darkness or I can choose love.

Today I believe in love. How about you?

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, sometimes a lesson hard-earned. Thank you!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      What we sow, we shall reap. It is a lesson in the life of us all...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, I do know. Thank you for the clarification and, as always, for your friendship.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Good evening Bill .

      Two weeks ago when attempting to be positive in my comment to this article, didn't come across that I was putting myself into position to ask " and forgive us or shortcomings... " ( or perhaps, other choice of words?) Tell me please you know , and know it very well.

      Pax vobiscum.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again Anna!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Christmas was hectic and good. Happy new year to you too when it comes. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, good to see you my friend. I hope you had a nice Christmas, and let me say now Happy New Year to you. Thank you for the kind words.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      If we don't love, open up and thus run the risk of pain then we will never really feel or live and evolve.

      As always you pull it all together in a poignant, rousing and interesting article. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, thank you my friend and Merry Christmas. I am lifting a toast to both of us for 2014.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. A lovely theme herein Bill, I enjoyed it as I hold the same sentiments as yourself.

      Best wishes to you and yours from me and mine.

      Graham.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I am slightly jealous that you met Leo. What a beautiful human being he was.

      I don't know my friend; it all seems to easy to me and yet so few see it. Love like your life depended on it...because it does.

      Thank you for all of the visits today, PS. You are appreciated by little old me.

      blessings of course and a big old hug

      bill

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Dear Bill

      Having met Leo many years ago my life was touched by him. He has the ability to choose a word or phrase that expresses the essence of Love and our connection to it.

      You are so right...Love is the answer...it can be found if we open our eyes and our hearts and are willing to receive it as well as give it.

      And it is timeless ...what an amazing gift.

      What a wonderful hub to share at this time of the year...

      Angels are on the way to you and yours...ps

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Oh Bill, profoundness of this article has induce me to rereading from the bottom up. Isn't that where we meet Mr.William D. Holland instigating conversation , expecting an answer of a prospective reader : .. " I believe in love , how about you?"

      Hi . Even without my affirmation " Yes, I believe in LOVE " you have know the answer as of many other of " us " because of its invisible, spiritual great principle which binds the universe in harmony uniting the Creator to his creatures and his creatures to- himself as well as binds and confederates all holy beings with each other. ( " Holy " in this connotation doesn't have any religious precondition , rather deserving special respect…)) Referring to groups of people , families, couples, perhaps a social system ( if ever existing in our age ) motivated with pure love resulting in a happy, healthy, productive and prosperous existence .

      Definitely, " love begets love" - only its own kind! There isn't substitution to love ; the words can't explain it since its spiritual, supernatural nature manifested only in tangible perceptual experience. " Do you see them ?"

      Very enjoyable read.

      Voted up, awesome and beautiful.

      Wishing you happy and blessed celebration of Christmas.

      your friend michael

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, it separates us from the primates and yet we insist on stooping to their level far too often. I'll never understand it.

      Thank you and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      The ability to love one another, Bill, may be one of our best and most human qualities. Unfortunately, it is not exhibited enough. Thanks for this lovely reminder.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joelle, those are all reasons why I like you. I hang with the winners, and winners love others. Thank you for sharing that and for being the person that you are.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      If we don't believe in love, we are doomed! I am a positive person in general and I believe in love in its different forms. I believe in giving time, energy and money to good causes!

      I spent a lot of time lately with an organization for kids in need... for me helping for that cause it's love.

      Helping a friend go to an appointment, that's love.

      Cooking for my family it's love.

      Love can take all kinds of shapes :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So do I, vkwok; so do I. :) Thank you!

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      I believe that love is a powerful force that needs to spread, and keep spreading. Thumbs up, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Indeed he was, Nellieanna; he was one of the good guys and this world needs more of him. :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      That would have been great to have been privileged to sit in his classes daily, Billy! He was so uplifting, it was actually motivating!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, Merry Christmas to you my dear friend. Buscaglia was such a beautiful human being. I miss his words of wisdom and compassion. Hopefully someone else will come along soon to fill his shoes. Thank you Mary and have a lovely day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love to hear that, Jordan. Have a great day buddy and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, I am indeed an old hippie....my hair is growing long as I write this. :) Thank you my friend and Merry Christmas to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bernadette, what a lovely name. Thank you! I hope to see you writing again soon; in the meantime, I will try to keep you entertained.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      "What the world needs now is love, sweet love...."Dionne Warwick sang it in 1965 and it is as true now as it was then and at the beginning of time.

      Buscaglia said about senility that it is caused by - "Not being loved and not being useful"... so many testaments for mans need for love and now we can add the hub by Bill Holland!

      We cannot live without love, it is necessary to our being. We also know the best way to get love or be loved is to love!

      Merry Christmas Bill and may you always have love in your life.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. No buttons to share but I'll be back to share later.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, that is a lovely thing for you to say...thank you my friend and have a love-filled day.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Holidays to you DDE and I agree completely with your sentiment.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, you are a symbol of love. Perhaps that is why so many on HP love you? I think so.

      blessings and thanks

      bill

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      Jordanwalker39 3 years ago from GA

      This hub has started my day off right! Thanks Bill, as always it was great!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Very positive. You are an old hippie at heart, aren't you? :) Merry Christmas, Bill.

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      MB 3 years ago from Philippines

      Billy, I love this! And how so true, love is all around us. I like reading your articles, they are always positive and inspiring.

      It had been a while since I have done some writing for Hub because of work but will buckle down come Christmas break. In the meantime, I go through your write-ups and think what a great mind you have :) Happy Holidays!

      Bernadette

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago

      Love makes the world turn, and it's writers like yourself who keep it moving in the right direction.

      Many Blessings of Love to You and Yours,

      Kim

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Love is beautiful, love is magic, love is what makes one comfortable and happy in life without love one can live in misery. A beautifully thought of hub . Happy Holidays!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I believe in love too!!! I love your hub on love and why you love. So powerful, yet so simple. We can all make a choice to love or not ... it is up to each one of us!

      Up and sharing

      Hugs and much love to you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, a wonderful insight my friend. Thank you for sharing that and I happen to agree with you 100%.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nellieanna, he really was such a wonderful man and dynamic speaker. I wish I could have taken one of his courses...what a thrill that would have been.

      Thank you dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jamie...and I know you do.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks Jackie. I happen to think you are pretty special too....have a wonderful evening my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, there's a heart buried somewhere in this old body. LOL Every once in awhile it sneaks out when least expected.

      Thanks for the comment....those are, indeed, the moments that save our souls.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi billy I remember seeing a program a few years ago about a well know tv personality and her father, she was English as she was born here, and married for love etc, but when she spoke to her father about it he said: ' I never married for love, we don't where we come from, its all about respect' and she was totally bewildered, the father came from one of the arab countries. and I suddenly realised then thats what makes civilization the way it is, if you love you can find peace, have fun and respect each other, if on the other hand you don't really know the meaning of love thats why there are constant wars etc in 'those' places.

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      I love Leo Buscaglia and his positive message. So inspiring.

      I've 'known him' and loved him a long time, yet only through his written words. To see him speaking with all that passion and commitment is really mind-blowing and infectious!

      Love is a gift that can't be bought or borrowed, yet it's free - for the loving.

      Your hub is such a treat! Thank you, dear Bill~ Hugs.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      I believe in love myself. Thank you for this hub. Jamie

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      There really are some very special people in this world even with all the craziness around us...and you are one of them. Very special and loved by so many. ^

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      Brian Prickril 3 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Why, Bill, I didn't know you had something so off the wall romantic and sensitive inside of you. I guess you're human after all. And here I thought you were just some machine who pumps out seven articles a week and also writes books on top of that. I've never heard of Leo, and now I want to hear more. Your opening quote made me think of all the times I helped a little old lady cross the street. It's the things we do when no one is watching. Those are the moments that will save our soul. I love you, man. Keep up the good work!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      i agree, Nadine, there is hope and there are hopeful signs. Let's hope it continues to grow. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill I would hate to live in a world without it. :) Happy Holidays my friend and thank you.

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

      Lovely hub Billy. We were very blessed in SA because for fifteen days, after it was announced that Mandela had passed away, all we heard on the TV and radio was about the love Mandala had for all the people of South Africa. There was a feeling of unity among people from all walks of life. This clearly showed that deep down the feeling of love and compassion has not died within people. If a major catastrophe has happened then humanity does show a love for others in need.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      It's what makes the world go around. Without love what are we left with? Nothing. Another great message Bill, and at just the right time.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sheila. I hope the same thing. It's easy to spout off about love; it is much harder to live it on a daily basis. Hopefully someone will read this, internalize it, and live it.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      I was just thinking about love and sharing with others. At this time of year (Christmas being just around the corner) we listen to and sing so many songs that have to do with spreading love, peace, and good will. Yet I often wonder how many people sing those songs and then keep of all of those things hidden within themselves or only share them with their family and closest friends. Love is nothing if we keep it to ourselves and never share it with anyone. I hope many people who carefully guard their love read your hub, take it to heart, and go forth to spread that love. You've provided a great message!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you rdsparrowriter....i appreciate your kind words.

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      rdsparrowriter 3 years ago

      A great article and very heart touching :) I like this a lot :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      harish, what a beautiful comment....see the world with thousands of eyes....perfectly stated and I thank you for it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, thank you dear lady. The ER nurse reference has your name on it...thank you for being so loving.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      The best part of this wonderful hub is where various aspects of love have been depicted involving mother,father,nurse,firefighter,friends at airport and old couple. Whilst hate makes us very self-centered and takes us away from the people at large, love enables us to see the world with thousands of eyes. It gives us such a vision that the whole humanity, in fact the whole existence vibrates in our mind, heart and soul. Bill, this is such a nice stuff that we have to come to it again and again. Really enjoyed reading it all.

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

      The gift that keeps on giving. A wonderful topic, especially for this time of the year and you are certainly in great form.

      Strong and powerful stuff my friend.

      Enjoy your day and my best to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, we can always hope, right? I mean sooner or later love has to make a difference, right? I sure hope so buddy.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, certainly not stupidity.....let's call it too energetic and leave it at that. :) Take care my friend and good luck with that resting thing. LOL

      bill

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great hub Bill. In the words of a couple of famous songs, "All you need is love...love...love is all you need" and "Love is all around us, and so the feeling grows..". Love the videos too.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Stupidly, I stubbed my toes against a wooden bed leg and as I did not have socks or slippers on, it hurt!! Ended up with big bruise & very sore toes for 2 weeks then couldn't stand it (no pun intended) any longer so went to Casualty where they x-rayed it and confirmed a break, bandaged it to the next toe & told me to rest it for 6 weeks!! At Christmas time?! You must be joking! However, I will be careful and leave as much cooking as possible to my dearest one!!!!

      Thanks for your concern, bill. Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, it warms my heart to hear that....blessings to you dear friend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True dat, Eric! Let's keep adding to it, buddy.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful! I am witnessing the most outpouring of love this year. People are giving like never before. I loved this article. so honest so true. Thank you..

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

      Love love the magical thing, the more you give the more you bring!!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I hadn't heard about the toe. How did you break it? The only bone I have ever broken was a toe (in karate class) and I was hobbled for months. Rest up and feel better soon....and hug that granddaughter of yours for me. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I was hoping you would enjoy the videos....Buscaglia has been very influential on my writing and my outlook on life. Thank you dear friend and love always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I'm just an old puppy at heart. :) Thank you for your kind words. I am who I am and that's all that I am. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, your comments are always so uplifting and encouraging. Thank you so much dear lady. Buscaglia was one of my favorite writers....what a beautiful man he was; we lost a literary giant when he died.

      blessings my dear friend

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      I certainly do believe in love! I do so love that film, 'Love Actually'; it makes me laugh every time (and cry actually!).

      Love comes in many forms and each one is priceless. When I see love in the eyes of those who mean the most to me, then I'm in the best place in the world. My younger granddaughter rushes over and kisses me on the knee, on the spur of the moment - lovely!

      You've said it all and let's hope the season of peace and love makes us especially aware and that IT LASTS.

      Sitting here with a broken toe but I don't care; I'm smiling because I know that my family loves me and that's the most important thing.

      Enjoy your Tuesday, bill! Ann

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Very powerful hub, Bill. I enjoyed the videos tremendously. I smiled when you brought up octogenarians walking hand in hand. That is my favorite sight. Seeing love that is so strong as to stand the test of time proves that love does not die. It only gets better.

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      A truly wonderful article, right here at Christmas time.

      Yes, I agree that the world needs more love and kindness and understanding. Your words speak truth; your enthusiasm is contagious!

      I have to say that I have known very few men who spread love and joy,

      as you do. You are a unique character and I appreciate all your efforts.

      DJ.

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      billybuc: The Bible states clearly that LOVE NEVER FAILS. This is a wonderful, moving hub, and very appropriate for the Christmas season. Love overcomes evil...and you are so correct in stating, you can choose love over darkness. I love the verse in the Bible, "Let your Light shine before men." Your Light shines through all that you write. Thank you for encouraging your readers to love. What I liked most about this hub was the Love Actually trailer and especially the very moving speech by Leo Buscaglia. His story about the woman who forgave the man who murdered her daughter blew me away. God bless you real good...Sparkelea :) THANK YOU!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, trying our best is a lot, don't you think? If we all did that....whew, what a world we would have. :) Thank you my dear.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      I truly am with you on this and totally believe love does beget love. I try my best daily to remember this and to treat others they way they would want to be treated, as well as put forth the best possible attitude. Trust me so not perfect, but definitely just trying my best now. Beautiful Bill and seriously do very much agree with you about this. Happy Tuesday now!