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Finding the Joy In Simple Living

Updated on October 10, 2013
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I remember it like it was yesterday. I walked to the mound; the umpire handed me the baseball and strolled back to home plate. I dug a toe hold where my planting foot would be, then rubbed up the baseball so it wouldn’t be so slick in my sweating palm. The sky was a gorgeous blue, not a sign of wind, and in the background I could hear the fifty or so parents chatting and birds singing.

I took one last look around the infield and outfield to make sure everyone was ready, then turned and faced the first batter of the day. I saw my dad in the stands….always in the stands….smiled and nodded at him, and then it hit me….this is what life is all about!

It was one of those defining moments that we all have during our lifetime. I was only twelve years old, pitching in the Little Leagues in Tacoma, Washington, in love with life and my entire history still to be lived. I was almost overcome at that moment by the sensation that it just doesn’t get any better than that. I was doing what I loved to do. I was young and pulsating with the excitement of the moment, and for a brief second or two life stood still and provided the perfect lesson for the day….this is what life is all about!

ONE OF MANY SUCH MOMENTS

My son was three days old when we picked him up from the hospital. I was thirty-six at the time, had never been a father, and I was filled with apprehension as we drove to the hospital to pick up our adopted son. What if I dropped him? What if I was a horrible parent? I could be ruining a child’s life if I did the wrong things and made the wrong decisions.

My legs were quite weak as we walked into the hospital. I know I was sweating profusely and all I could think about was trying to look like I was worthy of this monumental responsibility. I know I shook hands with some people; I know I signed some papers. I know we walked down a corridor but I can’t really see it in my mind at this time. All I clearly remember is the nurse handing the baby to me. Tears instantly formed in my eyes and I looked down at Tyler….my son….my responsibility….and I thought….this is what life is all about.

WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE YOU DOING TEACHING?

There are so many moments in life that are frightening. The apprehension grows as the moment approaches, and quite often it is the apprehension that is much worse than the actual moment. So it was for me when I was finally hired for my first teaching gig. Twenty-eight years old and I was going to be the Business Education teacher at Blanchet High School in Seattle, Washington.

I can tell you this for a fact: nothing properly prepares you for your first teaching job. You can take all of the teaching methods courses in the world, but until you stand in front of your own class for the first time, there simply is no preparation.

I was the antithesis of a teaching candidate. Painfully shy by nature, tongue-tied in a group setting, I was the loner in every crowd I inhabited. What in the world was I doing? Why was I setting myself up for guaranteed failure?

There is always apprehension the first day of school. For me, apprehension mutated into terror as the opening bell rang on that September morning in 1978. The class filed in; a few murmured good morning, and the moment had arrived as forty-five expectant faces stared at me.

I have no way to properly relate what happened next. I just know that as I stood in front of my first class of students, I realized that I was meant to be there, that….I belonged. I remembered those words from sixteen years earlier….this is what life is all about!

GOODBYE MOM!

My mother died in 2003. The woman who had cleaned up my messes, dried my eyes, given me constant support and loved me as no other, slowly faded away after a three-month decline.

I was lucky enough to be with her when she died. I held her hand, told her I loved her, and felt her strength leave this world. There really were no words necessary at that time. We had said it all over the past fifty-four years. We had seen the best in us and the worst. We had laughed until we hurt and we had cried common sorrows. The time had come for our shared chapter to end.

I cried….yes, I did….but I also had a sense of peace as she slipped away. I had the realization that I had been given a gift by being there during her last moment on Earth. The woman who had been the pillar of support for my entire life now had me to support her as she left.

That is what life is all about!

YOU ARE SIXTY-TWO AND YOU ARE GOING TO DO WHAT?

It was one of those “Kodak Moments.” The principal had just called me un-professional in a staff meeting. I am a lot of things, but as a teacher I was always professional. I could not envision working under those conditions any longer, so I reached into my pocket, found my classroom keys, tossed them on the table in front of the principal, and bid adieu to my teaching career.

I was smiling as I walked to my truck five minutes later; I was smiling and my hands were shaking. What in the world had I just done? No job, no benefits, no prospects, and sixty-two years old.

The answer to that question came to me as I was driving home. I decided I was going to be a writer. I had loved writing for decades; in fact, I had an unfinished novel sitting on my desk at home. I just had never had the time to take writing seriously. Well, the time had abruptly arrived.

And I have been writing ever since! Almost two years later I have never been happier. I write for a site called HubPages and I’m having the time of my life. I finished that novel and self-published it, and now have eight ebooks on Kindle as well. Daily I am given the gift of human connection. My words reach people and the comments I receive warm my heart every bit as much as teaching once did.

I was reading one such comment a few weeks ago. The reader had been moved by my words and she was telling me how much my article meant to her. I read the comment with tears in my eyes and thought….this is what life is all about!

THE TRAIN IS LEAVING THE STATION!

There is no time to waste and yet that is exactly what we do each and every day. What percentage of your life has already been lived? 25%....50%....99%....how do we know? Each day is an opportunity to get it right. Each day is an opportunity to live life to the max, to blow out the doors and shout hallelujah! Each day is a precious gift that can’t be wasted any longer.

We are surrounded by events and people that scream to us….”ENJOY THE MOMENT”….but all too often they go unnoticed. We have to do this; we have to do that! Running willy-nilly, chasing our tails and letting the preciousness of life slip by.

The laughter of our children…..the kindness of a stranger….the soft breeze as it caresses our face….the appreciation for life itself….that is what life is all about!

I have written often about the need to recognize the priorities in life. Most of what dominates our daily living is just fluff, just window dressing in the grand scheme of things. If we can toss out the fluff, what will we see? The look of love from our spouse….the indescribable feeling of our child falling asleep in our arms…..the appreciation we feel from others when we do a good deed….the satisfaction we get from a job well-done….the joy when our puppy licks our face. So many to choose from, but we have to be receptive to them or they slip by, and then another, and then another, until we get no more chances.

These things, and so many others, are what life is all about. The laughter, the victories, the joy and the hope, all waiting for us to fully experience….and none more important than love.

This is what life is all about…..love of ourselves….love of others….love of life.

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc) livin’ large and lovin’ life in Olympia, Washington!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Raci, thank you so much! You are leaving? That saddens me! Take care my friend, and may happiness follow you on your journey.

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      it is always refreshing and uplifting to read your work Bill...this is what i am going to miss about HP...

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thanks Ruby! I haven't seen a hub from you in awhile; hope all is well with you and yours.

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      I am glad you left your teaching career, so I can get taught your wisdom here!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nyamache, so do I! Children are our most precious resource and it pains me to see them mistreated.

      Thank you my friend!

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      Joshua Nyamache 5 years ago from Kenya

      Thanks for sharing this. I can really tell that you're a responsible person through this statement, "I could be ruining a child’s life if I did the wrong things and made the wrong decisions." I wish all people were this responsible.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      For sure, Sha!

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanx, Bill. We'll see. It really was quite amazing, tho!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, sometimes clueless is workable.....congrats on your son's epiphany!

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Hmm. I never go to HP home page. I go directly my account or a fellow hubbers hub. At least I now know why I'm clueless!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      They weren't real good about notifying people, Sha; they are in fine print on the HubPages home page.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bruce, I look forward to hearing from you. We will work together to spread the word and keep the flame glowing. I can't think of anyone I would rather work with. Thank you buddy!

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Ok, again, I'm at a loss. How come I'm not notified of awards to my hubber family? What am I missing?

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi Bill!

      Congratulations on your Hubbie award! You've earned it my friend. I came back to this hub to view some of the comments and I read an answer you made to one of my comments. In it, I noticed a reminder about a proposed collaboration. Of course I am still very interested and will email you under separate cover in a couple of days with some initial ideas for your consideration. No time limit, let's just let the spirit lead the way!

      Again, I am oh, so happy for you and the other winners. HubPages and it's writers continue to amaze me with the quality of humanity here. Heartwarming and amazing. Amazing!

      Stay in touch my Olympian friend! (It's a timing thing, you know!)

      Bruce

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, thank you! If I am an inspiration to some then it has all been worth it. I just try to live my life according to a set of principles that I don't believe change over time. They are ironclad as far as I'm concerned and anyone not living by them need not be in my life. Pretty simple, huh? LOL

      Thank you dear one; sleep well tonight.

      love,

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow! Can you hear me, Bill? Wow! Life IS all about the smiles, the warm feelings, the butterflies in the tummy and the living of life as we see ourselves. We have dreams. You're right. How much of our life on earth as we know it have we already lived? How much more time to we have to touch the star to which we reach in our dreams?

      We all have milestone memories we wouldn't trade for the world, but how many of us will pass into the next realm with no regrets?

      You are living life large my friend. You have beaten the odds, taken chances and have succeeded! You are a true inspiration my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, LOL yes it is!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bill, my friend, after a certain age.....self-delusion if the ONLY thing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, it's time for me to kick butt and take names at HubPages....surely they will listen to me, right????

      Not a chance, but self-delusion is a wonderful thing sometimes.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Not completely sure I'm FULLY back....it's crazy as heck....some hubs I can comment on and others I can't.....I just keep practising patience. It' not working, BTW.

      Wait a minute....wouldn't I be "Mistress?" HA!! what a joke.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, we are indeed young! Good to have you back oh Master!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Family, Love, Nature, Friends and children..............Now this is what I call summing it up with excellence and wisdom, young grasshopper............well, we ARE young!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sweetie; we are in total agreement.

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      SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I heard about the happiness, but this is a good reminder. I think you are right, we should help each other when we can.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Integrity, they were very true words indeed. Thank you Sir!

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      Powerful and true! CBartelmey is absolutely right. I definitely voted up.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      CBartelmey, thank you so much. It is nice to see you again and I definitely owe you a visit.

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      CBartelmey 5 years ago from Colorado, United States

      “Most of what dominates our daily living is just fluff, just window dressing in the grand scheme of things. If we can toss out the fluff, what will we see?” I don’t believe you could be more accurate here. I have shared that sentiment for a long time; that the only thing that will remain after we are gone are the impressions that we have left and the memories that we have created. Those aren’t things that we should be hasty to waste.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pickles, such a seemingly easy lesson to learn, but for some of us it takes a long time. Thank you for your kind words my friend.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      A very well written, well prepared hub, indeed! You are so right, the fulfillment of life will always be found in love.Vote up and beautiful!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sharilee, although I hate making a woman cry, I am grateful for your comment and I feel good about my writing because of your emotions....if that makes any sense. I hope you find peace of mind, if not in returning to teaching then in your writing. I look forward to following you as you travel through life.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Billy, this hub brings so many emotions up in me, as well. I relate to the teaching moment ... feeling like you belonged in the classsroom. Wow, there is something about standing there with a bunch of kids that is just so energizing! And then the writing -- it is so powerful, too!

      I struggle with loving both worlds ... the writing and the teaching so much. Which is better for me right now, is the question I ask.

      I absolutely loved this hub. I have pinned it already and was just waiting to come back to comment. This definitely brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for writing. You are blessed and blessing, Bill. Take care.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      dn41jt31, thank you for the visit and welcome to HubPages!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, I have known people like your friend....just always in love with life. Isn't that refreshing? Thank you for sharing about your friend. Great lesson!

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      dn41jt31 5 years ago from DFW

      Very nice info

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I already had these beliefs but I get to caught up in responsibilities too often and forget to stop and smell the rose. This is a very inspiring hub. I just attended a funeral Sat. for a friend of 30 years who was my age, and with all her health problems she almost always was laughing about something. She also helped people in any way she could. She was a great example for me. Loved this hub.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Trinity....Facebook??? Are you on it??....or did I ask that before and you answered and I forgot? Would love to have you as a Facebook friend.....you can find me under Bill Holland of Olympia, Washington.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Trinity, there are some people who we instantly connect with. I'm not sure how that happens, but in your case I am very grateful. You are a kind and caring soul, and I am so happy that we connected. Thank you my dear; I hope your day went well. Sleep well tonight!

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      Trinity M 5 years ago

      Now THIS article is what life is all about! Because I spent 10 minutes today reading an article that made me MORE not less… I spent 10 minutes feeding my soul not wasting my time. I spent 10 minutes getting a glimpse of the wonderful life being lived by my dear friend billybuc and affirming that my family and my friends are truly what life is all about. I really loved this hub so much billybuc, it truly spoke to my heart and I thank you for sharing it with us… and I really want to thank you for you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I have gotten my money's worth out of life so far. Looking forward to each day as it comes. Thank you and blessings to you always!

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      billybuc, well said - life is short, enjoy every moment, love life, love yourself and most of all love others!!! God bless you. Very wise words from a man who has lived life to the fullest. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      RedElf, it's always a pleasure to have you visit my site. I greatly appreciate your kind words.

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Another wonderful., touching, and inspiring hub! It IS all about love. Thanks so much for the poignant, amusing, and always thought-provoking reminder!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, I have it on good report that the Joneses are punks and not worth knowing. LOL Thank you my vivacious and spirited friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Johanna, thank you so much for the visit....and the follow. I look forward to reading your hubs soon.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carrie, above all, love.....and enjoy life. It is too short to waste.....thank you for the visit. I am honored that you stopped by.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pooja, it is very easy to forget that which is important. It sounds like you really do get it; now, never forget it!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, the day I forget these lessons is the day I'm in big trouble. Life is too short and I'm done playing games. It's all about love and helping others from now on.

      Thank you dear friend!

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Billy, you are an inspiration to many - myself included! I couldn't agree more. Stress can - and almost did - kill a person (myself included..lol). I adore that you make your own rule, cut your own path, and live your own life! Let the "Joneses' be damned! So beautifully told, as well!

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      Johanna Mary Elisabeth Baker 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Love it! You said it so well...

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      carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I didnt get you that what you want us to understand..........what you want to tell that life is very tough and we have to make it worthwhile to live,or we are being blessed by the supreme power and we have to make ourself aware......thanks friend even your way of explaining is something different then also i got what you want to make us understand.........

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      poojasd7 5 years ago from India

      Wow, what a journey! Life is always rewarding when you listen to your heart. That's what you have done in your life. Your writing makes me contemplate about life. It gives me so much wisdom.

      One always knows what and how the life should be, but he/she doesn't actually live it or rather doesn't have time or patience to mull over it. You teach such valuable lessons through your writing.

      The lines you wrote at last, do depict the essence of life. Thanks for sharing such wonderful thoughts. :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am being so renewed by reading your hubs on life. You were so fortunate to have been with your mom when she passed away. I was not with either of mine when they left this world for heaven. My family shared of their passing, which was all a beautiful demonstration of their faith and legacy. As I know you agree, what our parent's passed on to us was the ability to accept life's events with hope and determination to make it all work out. Blessings, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is, indeed, a decision Bruce!

      I have to admit that I had completely forgotten about us collaborating on a hub until I saw you reply. Would you still like to do it? If you have an idea let me have it. I'm willing and ready to go, and I would be honored to work with you on a hub or series of hubs.

      Thank you buddy!

      bill

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Anything in possible Bill, anything! Sometimes we may not be able to see it yet, but it is possible all the same! I can prove it.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3M9cdo-eYI

      Anything is possible!

      Love, Peace, Joy, you name it. It's a decision!

      I'm happy for you!!!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, you keep making me cry! What is up with that?

      It is amazing to me how close I feel to you and we've never met. You are so incredibly compassionate and you continue to warm my heart with your comments. Thank you is simply not enough!

      It's funny, really, about my life. It has never seemed that special to me. I have told Bev, of course, about things that have happened to me and she always sits there with her mouth wide-open; she keeps saying "My God, you did that," or "My God, how are you still sane?" And it just seems to be to be a part of living. Crap happens at times and we keep moving forward.....we never give up.

      So here I am today. You say you are proud of me....that touches my heart. I guess what I am most proud of is the fact that I've taken life's best shots and came out the other end a better person. I have finally figured it all out; I'm done chasing my tail, done chasing possessions, done chasing everything that matters not....I'm just trying to be a good person.

      Yes, Beckie, friends forever.

      Count on it!

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      nybride, my congratulations to you! You figured this out much quicker than I did. I am happy for both of us, and anyone else who finally gets their priorities straight. Keep loving that family of yours, and best of luck to you with your future. Thank you kind lady!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, it wasn't always so for me. I could worry the future to death years ago and I do believe that with age comes a certain perspective. The age thing you'll have to wait for, being as you are so young, but I think you have your head on pretty straight.

      Thank you as always!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Billy - I find all you have endured and all you have experienced fascinating. So many brave steps were taken throughout this magificient life and isn't it great that you can look back with so few regrets?

      It is articles such as this where you provide the encouragement to me. I sit a bit higher in my chair and feel somewhat surer of the decisions I have made and continue to make.

      Your dear Mom's passing - this brought tears to my eye. Not only because it is sad but a reason that might surprise you - this is the first time since Dad passed that someone has perfectly summed up the experience when he passed on. I tell people it was the most amazing experience of my life and the most horrible. But you put it best. It was the greatest gift anyone could have given me.

      I am so proud of the person you are. It has taken so many difficult and painful steps but you made it. What a success story you are. The teaching, the children - that is all awesome. But what is most impressive is you're ability to pull yourself up from such hard situations and take a lesson from them while you are doing it.

      I admire you.

      What you may not realize is how many others on here feel the same way. You provide strength to tired souls. You give compassion to some who have forgotten what it looks like. You give a shoulder after pulling someone back from despair.

      I know you aren't perfect as none of us are - but you're damned close! It took years of strife, heart ache and terrifying moments but you're here and thats what matters.

      Thank you for sharing this journey. You are like a really good book - every chapter gets better.

      Sending smiles Billy - send the same to Bev and the furry critters.

      Thanks again my forever friend.

      XXOO

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      Lisa Kroulik 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Amazing! This is just where I am at. I have found myself re-evaluating my life after we lost my husband's brother at age 53 three weeks ago. He was sick for just three months. It made me fall about 100 times more in love with my husband than I already was, to cherish my children, love my extended family and to heck with trying to make a lot of money! In essence, it his dying made me realize what life is all about. Cherish the moments, they are passing faster than you could ever imagine. Congratulations on following your dream. I am now doing that at the age of 44 and it's incredible.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      This is a very powerful message. It takes a big heart and a strong mind to live in the moment. At times I worry so much about the future I sometimes forget to appreciate things as they are. I think it gets easier to do this as you get older. These are words I will take to heart.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann1Az2, those are very kind words indeed, and I thank you so much. I feel privileged and honored to follow so many good people such as yourself, and I am humbled by your words of praise. Thank you again!

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      Ann1Az2 5 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Billy, my eyes are watering a little. This touched my heart, especially the part about your mother. You indeed have had a blessed life, and now you are blessing us with your writing. I saw the little boy at the pitching mound, the sad man at his mother's side, and the brave one who stood up for what he thought was right.

      I feel privileged and honored to read your writing. Voted up and across.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Whonunuwho, I love the old photos and the memories attached to them. Thank you so much for the visit and continued support.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I'll keep doing my thing and you keep doing yours, and we'll see if we can't make things a little bit better in this world. Thank you buddy!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      whonunuwho, I don't have any plans to stop writing. This is what I do, and like you, I hope my words help others. So glad you share that wish. Thank you!

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      Some of those photos bring back memories of my growing up years and family life back then.

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Powerful words my friend. I'm sure this will touch a chord with all who read it. We are only here for a short period, make the most of it. Thank you for continuing to remind us what is important in life. Bill

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      Sounds like we have some in common and the part about teaching and leaving sure rang a bell(Pun). In fact,ringing bells have contributed to my deafness over the years. I too love to write and share my experiences. I hope that what I do share is helpful to others and gives a little joy along the way. Great hub. Please do not stop writing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jenna, thank you! It's always nice to hear the words of someone who appreciates that which is most important.

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      Jenna Pope 5 years ago from Southern California

      This article gave me tears in my eyes. So beautiful!!! You captured the essence of life!!! Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lucy, it seems we took similar paths. I gave it all up; went back to square one with nothing....but now I owe nothing....life is much simpler and so much happier. Thank you!

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      LucyLiu12 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Yup, I totally agree. After leaving a high-paying, yet very high stress job that was causing me emotional and physical problems, I'm poor but very happy, focusing on the things that really matter. Thanks for your article - really enjoyed it. Voted Up and Beautiful.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blissful, I just read one of your hubs about ways to increase happiness and there was no comment section.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blissful, thank you! I have thought about it. I will put it on my to do list, which is getting longer by the minute. :) I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, I am heading your way shortly. Thank you dear friend. You are a good man, someone I would love to meet face to face some day. What a wonderful meet that would be.

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      BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

      Wow. Powerful biography. Congrats on your eBooks. Perhaps you should write a Hub about how to publish an eBook and what it is like.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Bill every moment is a cause for celebration. How true your words ring. Life has so much beautiful to it we just need to be receptive to it . Beautiful write my friend. Your words always move me.

      Voted all the way up and across and sharing this love across.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      girlshpuri, thank you so much! If you found this inspirational then I am grateful.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Annie, there are those of us, like you and I, who have had to learn by living the opposite. However, now that we have learned, we have found a happiness we never knew existed. That is miraculous. I so admire you! Thank you my dear and blessings to you.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, you mean I had a moment of poetry in me? Who would have ever guessed it was possible? :) Thank you dear friend; I'm so happy that you enjoyed this.

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Your hub touch my soul, this is completely motivational and a great inspirational hub, voted up.

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      Farewell to the fluff, you are so right Bill we submerge ourselves in it, missing what really matters and I know cos I floated around in it for most of my life!! You have highlighted some moving and magical moments here demonstrating what life is all about - family, love, children, nature and friends!!! Awesome articles, my votes and best wishes to you my friend and sharing.

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      I enjoyed reading this, Bill. You are so right. Those special moments in our lives is what life is all about. Reading a book to my children, enjoying a walk by myself surrounded by nature, watching my cat taking care of her kittens, painting our house that allows my thoughts to wander, enjoying my work where I'm helping people. All these things give me a satisfaction in life and I enjoy them so much. That is what life is all about.

      I found a poem in this wonderful hub of yours:

      "The laughter of our children

      the kindness of a stranger

      the soft breeze as it caresses our face

      the appreciation for life itself

      that is what life is all about"

      Bill, this is one of your best hubs. Love it!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, thank you! I appreciate you, quite possibly more than you know.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John, and thank you for the follow. I agree completely with your comment and I thank you for taking the time to leave such a comment.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Love, I had no doubt that you would agree with those things. Thank you so much and have a wonderful weekend.

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      A very impressive hub. I like how you start some of your articles with a video. These lines really stood out for me," The laughter of our children…..the kindness of a stranger….the soft breeze as it caresses our face….the appreciation for life itself….that is what life is all about!" I have to agree with you on this. Voted up!

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      Johnkadu123 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      What a lovely hub. Although I do not really believe in Karma, I am also of the view that the choices you exercise in life will have a significant impact on your family and the community around you. Thanks for a great commentary.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      How different and yet so much the same. Thank you for this. martin

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy, you are never a downer. Just for the record....I have been there. I think you know that. The year 1989 was perhaps the darkest of my life and I was homeless, living in my truck until it was repossessed. For me, now, it is obviously about happiness, but it is also about never allowing myself to go back to the dark recesses of my mind. If I go there I will die. That is not hyperbole....I will die if I return to my old ways of thinking....stinkin' thinkin' almost killed this boy and it will never get another shot at me.

      If I were there you would have my outreached hand in help....as it is, I offer a shoulder to lean on online if you should ever need it. Without the help of several angels years ago I would not be here to reach out to you and everyone else now. Some lessons you never forget in life.

      Peace and yes, love to you

      bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Christy, so am I. I had times shortly after that where I thought I had lost my mind, but there is no turning back once you do something like that. I appreciate you so much; I hope you know that.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mckbirdbks, thank you kindly!

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Bravo!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This hub gets an 'awesome' and a vote up! I am glad you threw those classroom keys on the desk and decided to start writing. I can't imagine HP without you! Another memorable hub to add to the list.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cheers always Ruby! You are one of the real people on HubPages! Nothing phony about you; every remark is sincere and from the heart. No wonder I like you so much!

      Peace and happiness to you always,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I'm not sure I'll get used to that guru tag, but thank you. LOL Your words really do mean a great deal to me. I have been accepted with open arms on HubPages, and the love I have received means the world to me. Thank you my dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, I respect you greatly, so your words mean so much to me. Thank you kind Sir! It's been a long and sometimes painful journey but I'm right where I should be right now and I've never been happier.

      Peace and happiness to you, Michael,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Julie, it was a long time coming but I can tell you...it felt fantastic! I hope that day comes soon for you and thank you my dear.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, that is a beautiful story....thank you for sharing such a personal experience. It really is amazing to be able to give comfort to those who loved us all of our lives....thank you my dear friend!