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It's Your Life: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on December 29, 2014

An Observation from Nature

It is a phenomenon that few people see, for it requires being in the right place at the right time, and it requires the patience to follow the drama to the end.

You must be on a beach that faces a broad expanse of water to the west. Those on the west coast of Florida would be able to see it, as would those on the west coast of the United States, and the British Isles, and dozens of other locations around the world.

Grab a beach chair and settle down in the sand in the early evening. Look out at the blue of the ocean, and look up at the blue of the sky, and relax as the drama unfolds. As the sun begins to fade from view, the blue of the ocean slowly turns gray, and a bit later the blue of the sky will transform as well….but there is one moment, one spectacular moment, when both the blue of the sky and the blue of the ocean intertwine in one last embrace.

Shortly after the water fades from view altogether, and then the sky, and all that is left is blackness and a sense of vastness and unpredictability.

But there was that one moment……when it all came together and life seemed to make perfect sense.

An Observation from History

Two thousand miles, from St. Joseph, Missouri, to the Willamette Valley of Oregon….one step at a time. How many steps does it take to make a mile? Three feet to a stride? Over 1,750 strides per mile? Over three million strides until they could drop to their knees and feel the black gold between their fingers and look back at the enormity of their undertaking.

Reading the journals of those who crossed the Oregon Trail, one is immediately struck with the tedious and spirit-breaking nature of that trip. Every day looked the same as the last. Crossing the Great Plains meant day in and day out of dust, flatness and bleakness.

And then it would happen!

From a distance a column of dust would rise, and squinting in that direction, slowly a black smudge would assert itself on the landscape. The smudge grew in size, and the dust rose in size, and fear grabbed the throats of the travelers as the unknown and unthinkable overtook their insignificant wagon train. A vast herd of bison, a million strong, passed before the pilgrims, taking three full days to leave them behind so that their tedious journey could continue.

But for those three days there was awe. For those three days the mundane became the extraordinary, and man and nature joined once again in a timeless dance of survival.

Mr. Dan Fogelberg says it better than I can

The Chance of a Lifetime in a Lifetime of Chance

The average life span? About seventy-five years, give or take a few according to nation of origin and sex. Seventy-five years…..27,375 days…..657,000 hours. Seems like quite a few, doesn’t it?

How many of those hours look the same? We get up, we eat, we go to work, we clean the house, we work our jobs, we do our chores and run our errands, we, we, we, we….how much of our life is spent embracing the mundane and tedious?

Almost 192,000 of those hours are spent sleeping and allowing our bodies to regenerate so that we can carry on the inexorable march towards the sunset of our lives. Let’s say you work six hours per day either at a job or around the house….what’s that….164,000 hours?

So that leaves us with approximately 300,000 hours not spent working or sleeping. 300,000 hours over the span of a lifetime to experience wonder and awe.

“Life is not tried it is merely survived if you’re standing outside the fire.” Garth Brooks

Indeed!

So let me ask you this question: when are you going to experience that glorious moment when the blue of the sea and the blue of the horizon meet? When are you going to stand awe-struck as the bison parade before you?

This lesson was presented to me when I was nineteen, but I wasn’t receptive to the lesson. Like many, I lived the ensuing years convinced that I had an unlimited amount of time to experience life. It did not dawn on me until seven years ago, when life almost came to an end, that immortality is only experienced by the gods, and those of us who are constantly borrowing from Peter to pay Paul have this moment and this moment only as a guarantee.

So my message to you is to make this moment count.

How Much More Time Will Be Wasted?

Light the tail feathers of a duck on fire if you want to find out just how fast a duck truly is. So it was for me, and so it should be for you. Present to me irrefutable proof that I am living on borrowed time and I can kick it, and have, kicked it into a higher gear.

There is no time to waste, and yet that is exactly what so many people do. They plant their feet in the mire and the muck, and spend hours, days, months and years concentrating on that muck, and don’t realize that 95% of their body is free of the ooze that entraps them.

There is no time to waste!

It’s your life to do with as you please. If you are enraptured with the feel of slime between your toes then by all means rest comfortably and make no attempt to break free.

If, however, you find yourselves slipping into a wistful state from time to time, wanting more, hoping for more, crying out for more, then the time for change is now.

Excuses Are for the Unenlightened

We have no use for excuses, you and I. We have advanced as a species until we have become the lords of this manor called Earth. It all lies before us waiting for us to experience it. We were given the tools for success at birth. If we did not use those tools then the blame falls squarely in our laps, but that is not a life sentence. This moment, right now, can be the beginning of awe in our lives, but we are required to take the first step. This moment, right now, can be the epiphany that catapults us to infinity and beyond, but we must be willing to cast aside the mundane and embrace the wonder of life.

Do not tell me you cannot do it.

Do not tell me that it is impossible.

Do not tell me that you are not talented enough.

Do not tell me that you are not good enough.

Do not tell me that you are not deserving enough.

Tell me, only, that you are tired of living life at 50% capacity and that you are casting off your chains.

Thoughts to consider

So Here Is What You Should Do

Grab a beach chair. Dig your toes into the soft sand and gaze westward. Feel the warm breeze against your face. Now concentrate on that fine point in the distance where the blue of water meets the blue of sky. Do you see it? Do you recognize it?

It is you! You are the culmination of nature and nurture. You are the miraculous result of thousands of years of evolution. Somewhere, off to the west, lies that place where the colors will fade and the light will dim, but it has not happened yet. You are a glorious co-mingling of colors that are unique to the world, and it is time that you stand up and allow the rest of the world to see your vibrant hues.

“Life is not tried it is merely survived……”

It is time for you….now is your time….to live!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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

      Moments of clarity. I hear what you say about sitting and watching that perfect set of the end of a day. But I have also found that the moment can be relived anywhere any time. It is in the sitting still that we find the peace, and in that peace all things are beautiful.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      What a catch at the end! I thought you were telling us to stop and smell the roses, when in reality you were having us take a look at our waning lives. We musn't miss out on the brilliance each day offers us. We musn't live with regrets. We must live each day to the fullest, laughing and dancing often.

      Brilliant hub, Bill!

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      Sheri Dusseault 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Bill, I thank you for this. Funny...just what the universe ordered for me today. I think this is the best piece of your work I have ever read. Life can certainly feel like a heavy old shroud sometimes....if we let it. So...I am off to rock this day and blessings to you.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Ironic, but from my post today you know I do feel so similar as you described here and am not willing to lose any of these precious moments and am grabbing on now for dear life. Thanks for sharing this and your enlightened words!! Hope you are having a great one, Bill and have voted up tons and shared as always, too!!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Perfect! Almost as captivating as those moments we seek! Thank you! Well done!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, nicely stated and a sentiment I certainly agree with. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I'm all for laughing and dancing often.....who knows when it will be our last dance, so get the most out of it. :) Thanks my dear...have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheri, I love it...get out there and rock this day! Thank you for your kind words. I love it when people say this is the best I have done...I know then that I am improving.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, ironic indeed and I thought the same thing when I read your blog.

      Have a great day, Janine, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Randi! The only thing that would make it better is to beat you in Words. LOL

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Lol! If that would bring you that much happiness.....unlike the sunset....that could be arranged :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, if I didn't earn it I would hate it. :)

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Billy buc voted up, useful and AWESOME. I can't remember if I told you I have printed out your two hubs titled "Do You Have A Writing Plan?" and "Finding The Time To Write: One Man's Thoughts And Suggestions" and I read them every morning while having coffee.

      You are a gift to the world. I thank God for you, and that I met you through Hub Pages. You are right: Now is your time to truly LIVE!

      Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, you are a doll and I thank you. It makes me feel good knowing that what I write helps others.

      Enjoy your day my friend....this is the day we spread our wings and fly.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      A topic I so greatly love and write about as well. This hub is important because we all need these daily reminders as it is so easy to forget to stop and enjoy things and yes, watch that magical moment. Thanks for my reminder today!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, it is my pleasure. I hope you have a wonderful day my friend and thank you!

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      Some amazing thoughts here...It made me think of people I know who hav worked for a company for years and hated every minute of work. Maybe I quit too many jobs or quit some things too soon..But being unhappy doing something or being somewhere does not compute well for me. Well done with lots of profund thoughts as always..Thanks Bill

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Bill, you have a talent to help people think 'outside' the box.

      What an incredible Hub!

      I appreciate all these great hubs. I appreciate all that you do

      to help others...to help me.

      I appreciate you,

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ...thank you so much. I never know what to say to praise like that...but thank you. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I watched my relatives do it for decades....hated their jobs....every single day of every single year.....it's not in my DNA to do so. I will do what I love doing for the rest of my life, and that's the way it should be for all of us.

      Thank you for always being here, Carol.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Bill, I honestly would not have appreciated this beautiful literary work of art as much as I do today had it not been for the walking program I got involved in 6 short months ago. Whether my toes are wiggling around in the wave-kissed sand or toughening up with calluses in my New Balance shoes as I walk the roads of the Walla Walla Valley, I know exactly what you've brilliantly written about here because I've experienced that intense joy of really living in a nature and nurture kind of way.

      This is such an inspirational essay. What a great way to spark up my Tuesday itinerary of eBay work and writing! Thank you so very much, my friend, for your eloquence and powerful writer's voice. Aloha, and have a glorious Ruby Tuesday!

      Joe

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Wonderful as always my dear friend. Written so naturally as always and straight to the point. Voted up ,shared onto A Brand New Dawn.and here's to a wonderful, day for you and Bev.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, my dear, thank you! A brand new dawn indeed, and exciting things are coming for both of us.

      Sending hugs and blessings to you and yours.

      love,

      billy

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe my friend, I thought of you and your walking when I wrote this. Talk about a guy who gets it!

      Some day we'll go for a walk together, buddy, and we can appreciate the finer things in life side by side.

      Aloha and have a wonderful day!

      bill

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      I don't live on the west coast of Florida, Bill, so I miss those remarkable moments of melding sky and ocean. But living on the east coast I can watch awe-inspiring sunsets almost every evening. They do inspire me and so do you, my friend.

      Compared to you, Zig (Ziglar) was an amateur.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I'll settle for that comment any day and twice on Sunday. :) Thank you, and those sunrises must be spectacular my friend.

      I hope you are well and happy!

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      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I could feel it in that last paragraph, that I am really a worthwhile person, that in spite of the "muck and mire" around me, I don't have to consider myself a part of it. Thanks for the uplifting moment!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, I love it when my words are uplifting. You are worthwhile and don't ever think otherwise. :) Thank you!

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Another great essay on life Bill. All those hours sure sound like a lot but ask anyone who is getting near the end of their time here on earth and they will tell you it all goes by way too quickly. We only get one life and we need to make the best of it each and every day. A lot of food for thought here Bill. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Bill, and thank you for taking the time to visit. I'm mentioning you in tomorrow's hub if you get a chance to check it out.

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      Lucy Jones 3 years ago from Scandinavia

      Never truer words spoken or written (LOL). Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, starbright...thank you for the visit and kind words.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I have experienced moments like that Bill, you always give a spiritual lift and a desire to dig in our heals. Great pep talk. ^

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      A truly inspiring hub. I would love to be sitting in a chair by the ocean like the person in the picture. I haven't watched a sunset lately. Thank's for the reminder....

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jackie! I hope your sunset tonight was memorable. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, it is my pleasure. It's the little things in life that are so often overlooked. :) Thank you my friend and I hope you are having a lovely evening in Illinois.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Hi Bill dear, " those who have insight will shine brightly like brightness of the expanse of heaven..." Has been said looong time ago, I won't say who said it only that I know it applies to your indefatigable helping, teaching urging many, ( definitely me) and universal principles are undeniable . Thank you and may you be blessed and prosperous .

      Up, useful and awesome .

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. I agree with you, though my life was very different. But time moved very slow for me. I could orchestrate an event for hundreds and still capture an endless moment with my wife.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Just when I think you have done your best work you launch this . . . your essays are truly magnificent and this has it all. Life is too short for regret, negativity and being miserable. I have certainly had my fair share of these and a number of reality checks and really looking at myself made me realize I needed to be more positive, enjoy what it is important and work at what I enjoy. Thanks my friend for sharing this uplifting piece. Look forward to reading tomorrows hub!

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Oh Billy, I've got to stop reading these hubs of yours when I'm going on little to no sleep; my emotions are just irresponsible! lol... Honestly, this is a very lovely hub and it resonates with me. I'm kind of in a 'lost' phase right now. I'm somewhere, but I'm not sure if it's where I'm supposed to be; that's an unsettling feeling. Only I can change it, huh?

      Even if this hub stunk, it'd be awesome for the song alone! lol... but it didn't stink anyway :D

      Keep inspiring!

      Cat

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Aw, now Bill, this is simply beautiful dearest friend!

      Thanks for the daily inspiration. You brought me back to that time when I was very young and my husband and I were living in Tampa, Florida, where I would drive across the bridge over the Bay to St. Petersburg, and watch the sunsets with my toes buried in the sand. I remember having such sweet peace enjoying just that very moment in time. Yes, let us be mindful to enjoy each day, this day!!!

      Hugs and much love, Faith Reaper

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

      Hi Bill, profound and inspirational as always, but this one is something special. Loved the music and the metaphor. Life is what we make of it, and you're right; we are all given the tools we need.

      Although there are still dreams to be realized and I'm still running for the roses, I will never regret taking the time to sit and watch the blue of the sky meet the blue of the ocean in that spectacular and sublime moment. With motivation like this, how can we fail? Beautifully done, very powerful.

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      LKMore01 3 years ago

      Beautiful, Bill. We live for those moments of clarity. Peace to you always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, I greatly appreciate your kindness my friend. I think a certain amount of insight comes with age...at least I would hope so. :)

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, I love that description of you life....perfectly stated and I thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Suzie! This is the type of writing I love doing....not much money in it, but it speaks from my heart. :)

      Have a wonderful day my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, I have sensed for some time now that you are unsettled. I hope you find your way soon my friend because it is not a fun place to be.

      blessings my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, anyone who has experienced it remembers it as a special moment.....here's hoping we all have many such moments left in our lives.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I thank you sincerely. Those are the kinds of reactions I hope to create when I write. You have made me happy this morning.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you LK....I have found peace....now hopefully I will hold onto it.

      Peace to you as well my friend

      bill

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      Bill, you are awesome! That's it. Tomorrow evening I'm grabbing my beach chair and heading to the beach. Thanks for the inspiration. What an enlightening post, thought provoking too. Blessings, Doc.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, thank you so much. I hope you have a magical time at the beach. :) Blessings to you always my friend.

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      I am a mountain gal and I have never been to the beach, so I can’t relate to the example, but I know what you are saying. Forty years ago, I had one of my metaphysics teachers tell me that I wasn’t living up to my potential. What? I was a successful broadcaster. I had a lot of regional fame and recognition, and I was a stringer for national networks which meant that I was occasionally heard nationwide. I wasn’t living up to my potential? Anyway, I later found out what he meant when I took what appeared to be a mundane state job. Nobody knew me, but I was working on something so necessary and so important that I couldn’t believe it. Sometimes you find that sunset in the strangest of places. Then I found out what “sacred contracts” are, and I learned that unless a person is fulfilling his sacred contract, he or she will never be happy. I found my contract, and apparently you have found yours, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, great example of what I am talking about here. I am a mountain guy too, and I can say without hesitation that watching the sun rise while standing on top a mountain is one of those moments. :)

      I'm glad you found your potential my friend. Thank you!

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Really amazing hub!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, vkwok!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You have the wonderful ability to write beautiful and very inspirational articles, Bill. Thank you for sharing your creations with us!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks, Alicia.....I don't know where I got it but I'm glad I have it. :)

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Procrastination leads nowhere, so it is best to walk that path and discover what lies ahead.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I don't know any other way to live life. :) Thanks for the visit my friend.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Absolutely...do not miss one moment, on millisecond of today.. that is our mantra in our family...so many unwanted and unexpected things have happened to loved ones that really living life is the way we have chosen to live.

      Powerfully said, Bill.

      Today is the day to begin to live for anyone who has not done so already.

      Angels are on the way my Friend.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Beautiful! This is a very inspirational piece Bill. In the last few years, I have seen this awesome moment when I just sit on the sandy beach waiting for the sunset to come. It´s magic!

      Yes, we should live our life today and not tomorrow which might not come. We should give up the ballast that we are carrying and enjoy life as we want it. Have a nice day!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. In total agreement with you Bill. A sunny day cannot keep me at the comp long. That is why I also walk around everywhere with a camera in hand. So much to delight in. Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I see far too many people who seem to believe they are guaranteed tomorrow. That is a fool's game in my humble opinion. :)

      Keep those angels flying my friend, and thank you.

      blessings and a hug are yours

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thelam, give up the ballast that we are carrying...I wish I had thought of that line. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, so much to delight in indeed.....and yet so many miss it when they pass by.

      Thank you my friend. Have a wonderful day.

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      Lurana Brown 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      I love that your rousing call to action is to sit in a beach chair! Seize the sunset!!! Beautiful piece, thank you for sharing this message. :-) Lurana

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lurana! Sometimes the best thing we can do is stop and enjoy this gift we have been given.

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

      That brief moment when the Sun kisses the ocean goodnight.....

      That moment that stretches into eternity.

      Mark

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, it is a magical moment indeed. :) Thanks for the visit buddy.

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      Lisa Williams 3 years ago

      Bill, I need to take time out everyday, jump on Hubpages and read your work! You truly inspire me! By the way, Standing Outside the Fire is one of my all time favorite songs! Thanks for sharing I needed this today!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lisa, it's always nice having you stop by; if you get something from my work then I am quite happy. Have a great week.

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      NiaLee 3 years ago from BIG APPLE

      Moment of reflection, moment of peace, I do that, sometimes, sometimes often, sometimes less, I look a picture like the one you offered us, I look at those beautiful trees in the park, i look at the sky, I look at a wall, I look inside.

      I relive these beautiful moments in my mind, inside, sometimes I create new ones, me sitting in a lotus, in the Universe, seeing the planets, seeing the stars, seeing the ones that left but are still there, like we were before and will be again.

      For a moment, I realize that there a lives, universes, planets. stars, dark holes, milky ways... more, more, infinite.

      So, that moment, that place seem just a infinitely small fraction of a whole, the good shines more and the rest just stays in the dark, disappearing.

      My chest is light, my body is rested, my mind and soul full and empty.

      I am floating indeed.

      Love and peace to all, NiaLee

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      .Nia, that in itself is a beautiful reflection. I used to do a great many of these "dark" hubs, but they took their toll on me, and I found myself concentrating on the darkness instead of all that is good in the world. Thank you for a beautiful reminder of that fact.

      blessings always

      bill

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      NiaLee 3 years ago from BIG APPLE

      Thank you Billybuc, you just woke up the poet that was sleeping for a while. You inspired me to revisit that place and recharge my batteries. I do happen to slip in that mode, that place of darkness, when memories of hard moments come back, then I shake it off.

      I have a lot of practice and just lifting my eyes I will see or even draw something that makes my senses rejoice, I will remember how blessed and graced I am despite all the trials and tribulations.

      Like I tell my friends, I have been in the devil's pit for years, trying to climb up and falling back down, so, I appreciate every moment elsewhere!~!!lol

      Writing, reading, watching, walking, dancing, singing, meditating, helping, etc... so many ways to cleanse, bless, love.

      Love and peace t o you and all, will follow you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautiful, Nia! I danced with the devil for many years and finally grew tired of him and those like him. Today I celebrate life....I know, now, that it is the only way to do justice to this gift we were given. :)

      Thank you!

      bill

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      NiaLee 3 years ago from BIG APPLE

      thank you again your words are a lot of light, peace and joy... let's be happy and live

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      The problem with dancing with the devil is that he always wants to lead and insists on calling the tune. It's fun, at first, the songs are lively and it's so easy to get caught up in the frivolity of it all. But soon we tire and want to stop. It's only then we find that the devil is a cheap date and insists we must pay the piper. So you either pay the piper or dance yourself to death. Both are a heavy price, but at least by paying the piper, you're done with the devil and can go on to live your life more wisely.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nia, indeed, let's be happy and live. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, that is the perfect metaphor. Excellent description of the madness that can engulf us. Thank you....it's pretty obvious that you are a writer. :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      That's very kind of you, Bill. Truth to tell, I had only been awake about half an hour when I wrote the comment. I was still in that gap between sleep and full wakefulness. It's a time when my thoughts aren't racing and I'm able to give them voice. Any later and I might not have commented at all. Not that I don't want to, I just get frustrated trying to write with a whirlwind going on in my mind. I guess that's why I'm always making lists; to try to keep track of it all.

      Anyway, thank you for the lovely compliment. Hope you and your loved ones are biding well.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Phoenix. A half hour after you wake up? I can't write that soon after sleep land...I'm groggy for an hour or so, so I think you did quite well.

      Have a great day my friend.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      There is not much I can say about this except that this was awesome and inspiring. I have been blessed with a child that enjoys her life and have relearned how to enjoy mine through her. I have become less hurried and I enjoy the simpler things more. Thank you for this reminder and inspiration about life Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I love that you are learning from your child. How cool is that? Very cool is the answer. :) Thanks for sharing that.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Another inspiring gem Billy ;you always reinforce what I already know but have let slip as we always seem to now and again. Great share; voting up and sharing.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eddy! A little reinforcement is good for all of you. :) I always appreciate you stopping by. I'll be by for some tea shortly.

      love,

      billy

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      Juninho 3 years ago

      Yes My oldest son is in Football for his mdidle school team,my mdidle son is in choir.And I have a son that is in pre-school and he isn't in anything yet,but he sees his big brothers doing what they do and he is talking about how he wants to play Football like bubby,so that is what he will probably choose to do.My boys are all very artistic (they take after mommy,LOL) and they are all in art classes after school at the Waldren Art Center here in our town.So winning this would be GREAT for my boys Thank you.

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