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I Need Help! Who Will Answer The Call? A Moment With Bill Essay.

Updated on December 29, 2014

The Cynical Optimist


I want to believe! I want to believe that anyone, when asked for help from someone who truly needs it, would give that assistance. I really want to believe that.

The love of my life, Bev, tells me that I am a cynical optimist, and I guess that is true. I am forever drinking from the Kool Aid container of life, allowing hope and positive energy to give me strength, and yet a part of me doubts that my fellow men and women will live up to the expectations I have set for them.

I tell myself that we are spiritual beings having a human experience, and in that description the best and the worst of humanity can be found. We are destined for greatness from the moment of our birth, and yet we often fall so far short when that greatness is within our grasp. I see a loving mother nurturing her child and then berating a homeless stranger. I see the social worker helping those in need and yet ignoring the abuse in her extended family. I see a ten year old boy lovingly kiss his infirmed grandmother and then bully a smaller child on the playground. I see…I see....I see!

So how can I not be a cynical optimist? I hope for the best, expect the worst and am rarely surprised when the outcome lands somewhere in-between.

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Everybody Look What’s Going Down


The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
Confucius

The urge to reach your full potential…..do you have it? We have the potential to soar with the angels and yet, all too often, we crawl on hands and knees with the primates. We have the ability to bring Technicolor into a world overcome by the grays of worry and sorrow and yet, all too often, we grow comfortable in the muted colors.

Full potential? I submit to you that most of us fail to reach 50% of our capabilities and sadly we seem content with that portfolio of mediocrity.

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

The potential to turn a life around….again, our potential!

Take a moment to look around. Have you noticed as you went about your daily affairs that there are people suffering out there? Have you noticed the hungry, the homeless, the abused and the forgotten? How could you not notice? They are literally everywhere and yet they seem to be invisible to so many. How is that possible?

“…..a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment….”

Five suggestions on how we can make a difference in the lives of others, and not one of those suggestions costs us a damn thing.

I hope for the best, expect the worst and am rarely surprised with the outcome.

A Moment With Bill

Let Me Ask You a Question


If your son, or daughter, or any other beloved relative were in dire need of help, would you hope that someone would reach out and give them that help? If your daughter were being raped in a public place, would you expect someone to stop it? If your husband were in a traffic accident and needed medical assistance, would you expect someone to help him? If you had not eaten in three days, and you asked a stranger for help, would you expect that stranger to buy you a meal?

I am certain that you all answered in the affirmative to those questions, for what civilized human being would turn their back on someone being raped, injured or hungry?

And yet it happens daily!

How can we be called civilized when we are too busy to help those in need? Our angels are calling to us but we can’t hear them with the volume so loud on our iPods.

So I ask the question that is in the title of this article. Who will answer the call when someone cries out in help?

The Power of a Smile


Such a little thing, to smile at another, and yet that megawatt smile has the power to illuminate the dark recesses of a heart desperately in need. Such a small thing, an honest compliment, and yet kindness is known to multiply as the loaves and fish, and feed the starving psyches so dearly in need of a friendly word.

How long does it take to say “good job,” or “you look nice today, “ or “thank you for your assistance?” Two seconds if that, and yet those two seconds can mean the difference between hope and despair. Can you spare two seconds of your time to make someone happy? Will you?

I commented on an article today that was written by a fellow member on HubPages. I received a comment back in which the young woman told me it was the first comment she had received that week, and that she was just about to give up and stop writing when my comment came and brightened her day.

It took me one minute to write the comment. One minute! Who knows what the future holds for that young woman as a writer? She may find great joy in the future because of her writing. Others may find beauty and comfort from her writings in the future. One compliment was the difference between giving up and continuing.

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A Moment With Bill

The Eternal Optimist


I listen to the love of my life. Bev has a habit of being right much more often than she is wrong, and when it comes to my writing she has great instincts. She sat me down a few nights ago and asked me to concentrate on delivering messages of empowerment with my writing. She said there is enough darkness in the world, and with my words I have the power to life up those who are faltering.

I believe her and I will keep my promise.

Each and every one of us can be the instrument of change in this world. With every single small act of kindness we alter reality. Every act of kindness is an act of love and I firmly believe in the power of love. Without love we are left to our basest of instincts. With love we reach for the heavens and approach our higher calling as a species.

To those of you reading this article, I believe in you! I believe in your goodness and I know you want to be the hand that reaches out to those in need. I believe you want to change this world for the better and I will stand strong by your side as we dismantle the old realities and create new ones.

Who will answer the call? I will, and I know you will, and you over there, and that will be our legacy to this world. Help was asked for and we answered the call, and if that doesn’t leave you with warm and fuzzies I don’t know what will!

How can I help you today?

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lisa, we would love to have you join us on H.O.W.....you would be the perfect member because of your heart and caring nature. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, I would have a hard time having a woman who I love going door to door in today's society. I think you are wise not to do it.....as for the women's shelter, hooray for you my caring friend. I hope I hear more about that in a hub.

      Thank you Leslie and have a great Easter weekend.

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      Lisa Williams 4 years ago

      Wow, this is such a powerful piece of writing, and oh so very accurate! I have never even heard of H.O.W. before , so I am going to follow the link and check it out. Thanks for sharing this beautiful article!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      cudos to bev for coining an excellent term! I too consider myself a 'cynical optimist' - altho - i seem to be leaning towards cynical of late..

      sigh..

      smiling at people seems to be a dual edged sword these days - it's easier for men..actually - it's easier for men to do a lot of things that i'd like to when it comes to helping others..

      i'm not comfortable going door to door for any reason and even something like delivering meals on wheels gives me cause for concern..

      i'm just starting to look into spending time volunteering at a women's shelter..this option gives me a feeling of...'safety' ..more than many others..

      keep up the great work, my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, what a great story. When Bev and I go for our evening walks we make it a point to make eye contact and say hello to people we pass and we are almost always greeted with a huge smile. It just feels good, you know? Well of course you do. :)

      Thank you my friend!

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi Bill, you raise some pretty potent awareness. But, you are right to do so. A touch, a smile, anything to reach out to others is so important in this world.

      Just today, I was shopping at Lowe's. I walked in with my sunglasses on and passed right by a lady who was standing alone in an isle waiting for the clerk, her husband, or whoever. I just walked right past her trying to get to my own destination. A little later, I saw her again in another isle - waiting. I had taken off my sunglasses by then. This time, I made eye contact, smiled, and said hello. Bill, that woman shot back a huge grin and responded like it was the first time anyone had ever spoken to her. We became like instant friends right there in the lumber isle. We should have hugged. But she didn't know me and I didn't know her that well. We both knew that would be going too far. But, that moment stuck with me for the rest of the shopping trip and every time we saw each other through other isles, we'd both look at each other and flash really big smiles. I need more days like that. But, the reality is that I can have more days like that. I just need to reach out. We all need to reach out. Imagine what the world would be like if we all did that. Oh, I know... Humanity One World! I love it!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great comment, Dianna, and I agree that one positive statement can turn an entire conversation around. Thanks for the reminder on this Thursday.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      A cynical optimist is what we should aspire to become as we intermingle with society. Looking for ways to promote good among many is not a bad thing. I do tend to hear much more negativity when listening to others chat about issues pertaining to our present life values and outlook. It is amazing how one positive statement or a smile can change someone's view. Keep promoting the positive values that create change! God bless you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Jon. Thank you my friend for the visit and the wise comment.

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      Jonathan McCloskey 4 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      Your words are much more than words on an internet website, Bill. The words inspire people to have better souls and act better as humans. It would be phenomenal if more people realized that if you refuse to help someone or if hurt someone that the person doesn't just go away. They remain to exist tomorrow, and will still need help or still feel hurt and remember what you did or could have done. If they choose to exist tomorrow at all.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna...LOL.. I'm passing it to you my friend. :) Thank you!

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      “I am forever drinking from the Kool Aid container of life, allowing hope and positive energy to give me strength, and yet a part of me doubts that my fellow men and women will live up to the expectations I have set for them.”

      I couldn't agree more, and share your optimism. All I can say is, “Pass the Kool Aid.” :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sasha, what a difference that must have been. California is like another world compared to Washington and Oregon. Thank you and keep smiling at others. We need your positive energy.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      "cynical optimist" I'm with you on that one. Growing up in California I found it very unsettling when I moved to Oregon and strangers actually smile at each other. Now... I wouldn't have it any other way and always make sure to smile it really helps ^_^

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks PIckles! I have appreciated you for fifteen months now. :)

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Well I guess I am a cynical optimist too!great hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alise, what a great memory and lesson to learn. Thank you for sharing that....nobody should be alone! Wow! That story gave me goosebumps. Thank you again!

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      Alise- Evon 4 years ago

      I remember a girl who lived a couple doors down in my dorm when I was in college. She had a rule- no one goes to the commons alone to eat, she was going with you; and heaven help you if she found out later that you had gone by yourself! "You should have asked me to go with you!" she'd say. To this day, I try to search out those standing or sitting by themselves in a social gathering and go talk to them. Almost 30 years ago, and I still remember that continuous act of kindness and trying to do likewise. Amazing power in love.

      Thank you, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DemiT, that was a lovely comment and thank you. I believe in the goodness of mankind...I really do...but we have so much work to do before we reach our potential as a species. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LaDena, God bless you for trying to do the right thing, especially with child abuse. Tough decisions but if not you, who will step up? Keep following your heart my friend. I respect you greatly.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, I hope you are right. I want to reach millions because I think there is far too much misery in this world. Thank you my friend.

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      DemiT 4 years ago from Greece

      I am glad there are people like you out there! I felt great reading this hub because I look at the world like that many times! There are,of course the days when I look and I don't see people reacting or showing emotion and I get frustrated. But more often I feel optimistic and looking life in the eyes :) Thanks for reminding me to be more of myself.

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Bill - I want to do the right thing - and hope that I would when the situation arises. I often find myself trying to decide if the homeless man on the street corner really is homeless or is just scamming me for booze money - I usually give a small amount in the hopes that he really needs the money and realize that maybe the booze will take him away from an unhappy memory at the very least...I have stepped in when I have feared that I would get hurt when I see a child being mistreated...I have risked my job by reporting abuse of children when the principal didn't want me to make waves...I try to do the right thing...but these times make it tougher and tougher to do...it's people like you that make others at least think about what the right thing is again...thank you for that!

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

      As usual, a very motivating hub, Bill. This writing assumes all the more importance in current times when humanity is being threatened by so many acts that should make our heads hang in shame.

      Thank you for writing this. You have the medium and the strength of words to deliver such powerful messages. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We should indeed, Vellur, and I have no doubt that you will. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree, Michelle, the negativity makes it hard.....but the joy we receive and give all make up for it. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, bravo to you for being willing to do what needed doing...what a gift you gave those children. Thank you for sharing that experience with us.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      A great write with the bitter truth. Everyone is so busy with themselves they forget to stop and look around. A smile goes the long mile, but in the morning no one even stops to smile. We should stop look around and help those in need. Voted up.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I think the way to start kindness spreading is to begin giving it, and not expecting anything in return. That is its essence and very hard to do because of the negativity that goes around. Thought provoking!!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      I love your words billy, and they are so true, I see many people walk past a down and out person, or someone who needs help, what is wrong with people these days? I won't go into detail but I have done a couple of things that made myself proud after the fact, one included tackling a burning building, long story, got some kids out, five years later after they moved back to spain, they came back over for a visit, the whole family, saw them down the road, and they all gave me a great big bear hug! lol! couldn't understand a word they said cos it was spanish! we all need help sometimes, and the good thing is that there are some fantastic people out there too, trouble is, not enough most times, nell

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't blame you, Deb! I trapped myself in some heavy stuff for awhile and it affected my outlook on life. :)

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I need to do a little lighter material for a while, but Pretty Boy Floyd is on the agenda.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hello Stillwater! Yep, all we can do is try. Some people evidently don't want help or support and that's fine. It won't discourage me from trying again, though. :)

      Thank you Deb! Which criminal is next in your series?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sue, thank you....I got goosebumps reading your sweet words. Truly, Sue, I don't know what else to say but thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, I am at my best when I listen to Bev. :) Just ask her! LOL I am happy that you think my words are empowering. There are many out there who need empowerment right now.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dolores, I would say you did something right for sure. I say the same thing about my son. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, if that is true then I am happy. Of course, I want to reach millions, but I'll have to be happy with what I do and be patient. We have much work to do, so let's get busy.

      Thank you my dear friend.

      hugs and blessings, today and always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I like that philosophy....about being a missionary. Never heard it said that way but I agree. As for commenting more, many of us are spread pretty thin, but we do what we can and have to be happy with it.

      Thank you my friend. I hope all is well in Arkansas.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Being here for each other is the best way that we can help and continue to help one another. The new people here also need us. I look for new people to make comments on their material. Some people I consistently comment on and never or rarely, hear anything. But these things happen. But sometimes, one gives up, too. All we can do is keep trying, that's all.

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Bill,

      How can you help me today. Please continue to be the kind compassionate man you are.

      It is the smallest things such as a smile, a sincere thank you or just taking the time to say hello.

      Sending you smiles and hugs my friend. You are an angel walking this earth.

      Voted up and sharing.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, I hope Bev knows that she is a jewel! Great advice she gave you. Your words are so empowering and heartfelt, they can't help but reach anyone who reads them. I loved your statement 'we are spiritual beings having a human experience'. That says it all!

      Here's hoping that your words move mountains; and yes, I'll help you!

      Voted Up+ and Shared all around

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      Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

      There have been several instances when 2 of my sons have sprung into action in order to assist someone in trouble. Makes me think maybe I did something right! (Hey, I've got the same shade of green in my kitchen!)

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Bill

      Our destiny is to touch the lives of others---we share that vision I know. How someone can turn a blind eye when someone is in distress is beyond me. It does not compute.

      Something that reaching out means some huge financial commitent and of course it does not...it is the simple gestures of goodness and kindness that can turn a day around.

      HOPEfully those reading will find a way to make some part of a day brighter for someone else.

      Your voice reaches many and you never know how many will act on what you say.

      Angels and blessings are on the way to you :) ps

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      MizBejabbers 4 years ago

      Bill, I truly believe that we are spirits playing at the human game. Some of us are good, some are blah, and some are downright evil, depending on which path we chose and where we are on that path. Some spirits, the evil ones, will never change, and there is nothing we can do except to try to seal the door where evil dwells. As for as the good ones who are down on their luck right now, I believe the thing to do is to help them as much as we can without leaving our own path. It’s just that sometimes the ones we try to help beat back at us so hard that we have to back off (especially family and friends). That is the lesson life has taught me. It is easy to help from a distance, and sometimes that is the only way we can without putting our own mental and even physical health in danger. While I’m not a fundamentalist, I believe in one of their philosophies: If you can’t be a missionary, give to enable someone else to be one.

      I like your story of the comment of a fellow hubber. That is one thing that I can do and I try to practice. I try to comment on every hub I read. I hardly ever finish reading a hub I don’t think is worth commenting on. Sometimes I’ll start a good hub and have to back out of it because of an interruption, but then I try to remember to finish it later and comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy my dear, that is kind of you to say. I'm just trying to be a positive member of this community that has given me so much. Thank you!

      love,

      billy

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      As always 100% common sense leading to brilliant advice we can all learn from. Another gem from you Billy and I vote up up and away!!!

      Thank you so much for all you do my friend ;you are needed here on HubPages today,tomorrow and so on.

      Here's wishing you and Bev a wonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, that was a beautiful comment. I would love to meet you one day, and hundreds from HP like you, wonderful writers and great human people who truly care about humanity. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pages, your words are true and wise. I'm working on lowering my expectations. It always helps when I do. :) Thank you so much for renewing my faith in mankind....there are very good people out there, as you have proven with this comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I believe that to be true, DDE! It warms my heart to see you believe it too. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, it is the gift that keeps on giving. A dollar here, a smile there, and all day long we are thankful for the feeling inside of ourselves for having helped another.

      Thank you and have a great week in Riga!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, I believe we are all on borrowed time; some more than most, but my days could end to day. Thank you for the good work you have done.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      sunflowerforests, I love your profile name and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, we gave a dollar to a homeless man yesterday and the smile warmed my heart. I don't care what he uses it for. It was an act of kindness from one human being to another.

      I know you understand that.

      Thank you my dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, Bev and I had a wonderful weekend and the sun is shining again today. As for you, another storm i see....hopefully spring will arrive there soon. Thank you so much and remember to smile as you go about your day.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great article! Your philosophy of life is wonderful. Our lives and attitude are what we make it, and as you say, a simple smile can help someone else's day a great deal. Kindness, love, understanding and compassion are how I try to greet the world everyday, although I run into some people that have a hard time accepting that. I have come up against some real hard heads that resent me just because I have a that attitude in life. There are some really unhappy people in this world and I feel for them and their situations, but one has to find the good in life. I think each one of us must make the decision to leave the good out and squelch the bad/evil. It is a definite choice and you have to be happy from within first, before you can face the world with H.O.W. Keep writing these wonderful hubs. They are tutorials in how to life a life.

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      Dennis L. Page 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      This is such a wonderful piece to read as a reminder to "turn that frown upside down." Voted up and across.

      You stated, in part, "yet a part of me doubts that my fellow men and women will live up to the expectations I have set for them." Your statement brought back memories of a sign I had in my office while working as an administrator. For all to see when they entered my domain was this little gem: "If you don't see what you like, then lower your expectations." I loved watching the facial expressions when people read that sign.

      As you point out, simple gestures, i.e., a smile, touch or kind word are free of charge and can make such a positive difference for many. Just yesterday my wife and I were out shopping. Our cashier in the grocery store had a smile and pleasantry that reached her heart. However, our next visit was to a retail establishment. Although I had tried to make small talk with the male cashier it was to no avail. I said the usual "thank you" and "have a nice day" without an acknowledgement or even one word. He handed us our bags and we both left feeling a tad disappointed that this young man seemed so unhappy with his job and customer contact.

      I believe in the importance of starting each day with an attitude of gratitude. I count my blessings as I journey through the day joking, smiling, laughing, touching and generally letting people know I really do care about them. Guess what Bill? I end up being the recipient of feeling good and spiritually fulfilled at the end of the day.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Helping someone for any reason is such a good feeling, and it shows your true character.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      I'm with you Bill. I am the one person no matter what it is if I can help someone in some way I will do it. It has always made me glad to be rewarded with a smile and a thank you. There is something about such simple things that leaves you all warm inside. Passing this on.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      This warrior is down for the count. My time to work for my Lord by serving my fellow man have passed.

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      sunflowerforests 4 years ago from The light in the forest of doubt.

      Good advice and positive thoughts to take from this. Thanks

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      It takes such a small gesture to wave your hand, say hello, smile, be kind, give to those in need, yet people turn away, why is that? Many think the man or woman on the street are lazy takers, not true, but if they are you did what your heart wanted to do, so you feel good and that's a good thing. We never know what a donation will do, we only know how good it makes us feel. Thank's Bill, you're a good man, always listen to Bev, i think she's on to something..Cheers..

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      It is amazing that taking the time to smile or give a nice word to someone can brighten their day at least a little bit. I don't ever want to ignore someone in need.

      Thank you for sharing this with us. I haven't had much time to get online in the past 4 days, but I knew I would find an inspirational and heartwarming piece, so I decided to read it before getting ready to sleep.

      Have a good night, Bill, and I hope you had a fantastic simple weekend with Bev.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carmel, I look forward to hearing about the results of your experiment. Thank you for commenting and being willing to give it a try.

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      Highland Terrier 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      It has to said you have marvelous staying power Billy.

      I shall spend all day tomorrow saying nice things, I will even go for a little humour, though it's a area where I normally fall flat on my face.

      I'll let you know if you have managed to make someone feel better here in Ireland from there in America.

      Regards

      Carmel

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lurana, it is worth a lot. Thank you for sharing the song and message.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, there are millions of Biker Bob's out there and they are fascinating and great teachers if we are willing to listen. Thanks for sharing Bob with us as a reminder that we are all human beings and deserving of respect.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith my friend, I hope you are well. I haven't seen you lately and that always concerns me. Thank you for taking the time to stop by..

      love and blessings, today and always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, you are oh so right. Expectations get me in trouble every single time. Giving for the sake of giving, with no expectations, is the only way. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MsDora, thank you and bless you as well. You filled me with positive energy with your comment so it is working. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, what a great comment and hooray for your son and hooray for that teacher or coach that gave him support. Your message should be read by everyone. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, it is always a pleasure having you stop by. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rhonda, I never stopped hugging when I was a teacher. i don't care if it was frowned on or not, or if the Politically Correct police were watching. Human beings need physical contact and signs that they count. It's probably just as well I no longer teach. I'm a dinosaur and the world has passed me and my thinking by.

      Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      m peavy, thank you for your kind words. I obviously feel strongly about this subject. There is a great deal of work to do but I think there are enough of us to handle it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, you are a walking, talking ambassador of this hub. Thank you for being you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I love it. Keep those smiles coming and the world will be a better place, one person at a time. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Linda, and I'll go into battle any day with you. As for the cynical optimist, maybe a little less cynicism and a bit more optimism....that's my goal. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stephanie, that made me smile. I'm so happy that you try to do that for newcomers. Good job my friend and thank you for the smile you gave me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks a second time, Sheri! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheri, I love that message and I will check out the Facebook page. Thanks for the recommendation and for leaving a great comment.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      For what it's worth, this is my answer:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQrcI1ZcK7M

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, there's homeless guy who traverses our neighborhood. I see him almost everywhere I go. We call him "Biker Bob". He rides a huge tricycle wearing only shorts, no shirt and a cowboy hat. He's very tanned, as you would imagine, exposing his skin to the sun. He flies a POW flag and an American flag off the back of his 'bike'. Whenever I see him sitting out in front of a store, I stop to say 'hi' and shoot as much breeze as he's willing to let fly. Occasionally, I'll give him a pack of cigarettes, although he never asks. He's always drinking a tall boy when I see him. I've seen him from my town all the way to Orlando, which is 14 miles away. His bike takes him wherever he finds a home in the woods, but he always seems to come back to my town.

      I wonder what stories he can tell - or is escaping.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      I will never understand when a person looks the other way, and acts as if all is fine with the world, when all of us can do something, anything!

      Thanks for another profound and thought-provoking write.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Human beings are a mixed bag...we all have some good in us and some not so good. However I have learned not to have huge expectations from people...especially ones I have spent a lot of time listening and try to help. I think we just have to give to others and forget about it. You covered this well and did a super job as always.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Voted UP and everything else except Funny. I'm answering the call in my comments, especially. You Bill, are a trendsetter of positive change. Bless you!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      Hi Billybuc, such an inspirational piece of writing. I recall my young son coming home one day after trying out for the school cricket team. He told me that 'no-one had noticed him' even though he was a fine player. My heart broke for him. Three years later he was awarded the top four awards for achievement s in sport. It only took one gifted teacher to finally take notice him! We simply have to find that something special in everyone. It is this which makes people want to succeed in life. Thanks Billybuc

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      That was very interesting.

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      poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      The world would be such a better place of just a handful of us did what you suggest. I had a student graduate some years back. He still visits on occasion. He calls me Mom. I didn't get it but thought unimportant until he told me one day I was mom because I was the only person in his whole life that ever hugged him. While I know it's frowned upon, I would hug every student every morning, if they wanted. It made for a better day. You're so right, Bill. The little things mean much to others, typically in ways we never know of. God bless you!

      I saw night before last, on the news, a junior high boy arrested in my district for having a semi automatic weapon in the hall. I've been wondering ever since if someone would have just shown that young man they cared, would he be in jail now?

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      Matthew Peavy 4 years ago from Riverview

      Hi Bill, you may recall that I am a Hubber and since, have read many of your works. I commend you on your work on trying to reach the world and giving a helping hand. I follow world events daily and try to see how they will affect my life, my happiness, and my soul. I truly believe you are doing Gods work and passionate about helping the world. My belief here is that before we can help our neighbors we need help ourselves. We need to look to make sure we have eliminated the suffering in our own country prior to trying to save others. that being said, Thank you for the great Hub.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. It really is the little things that can change someone's life. Count me in, I have plenty of smiles and kind words to share. Another great message.

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      DJ Anderson 4 years ago

      Great Hub, Bill. You are spot on.

      You can count on me.

      Breaking out the smiles and sending out positive thoughts.

      DJ.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Hi Kindred. I have a lot of catching up to do but I am glad I started here. Bev is a smart woman and I don't blame you for listening to her. This was good advice and I know no one who can rise to the challenge better than you. I think you will find yourself in good company and with many who are eager to stand with you. Keep being the cynical optimist. It works.

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      You were the first to comment on my first hub also! You definitely set the tone for me on how I approach Hubpages. I try to "pay it forward" when I come across a new hubber and they don't have any comments yet. Inspiring hub!!!! :)

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Nice message Bill. To quote Dolly Parton "If you see someone without a smile, give them oneI of yours". I also love the the pay it forward concept too. And you might be interested in a facebook group The World Needs More Love Letters. They write positive uplifting letters and leave them in random places for whoever to find them I have done this and it feels so good! I think most people are good at heart and trying to make the world a better place. You are surely one of them!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Nice message Bill. To quote Dolly Parton "If you see someone without a smile, give them oneI of yours". I also love the the pay it forward concept too. And you might be interested in a facebook group The World Needs More Love Letters. They write positive uplifting letters and leave them in random places for whoever to find them I have done this and it feels so good! I think most people are good at heart and trying to make the world a better place. You are surely one of them!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, we keep doing our part and hopefully it will catch on with others. Thanks for being you, buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lilly, it helps greatly. Thank you! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, if we look hard enough we can see beauty all around us....I just want to keep increasing it. :) Thank you and have a great Sunday!

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

      A clear and appropriate message Bill. I feel very much the same way. If each of us just did one little thing each day, or two, or three, this exchange of positive energy would grow at an impressive rate!

      Mark

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      Lori J Latimer 4 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      You tricked me! I thought you were in trouble. Excellent topic, and I agree with your essay. Well written. Voted up, does that help? LOL

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      With you 100%. I have seen a beautiful side of humanity this week and I admit to being surprised by the generosity of strangers. Thank you for, as always, expressing it so well!