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Living Simple Update: Finding Happiness with Less

Updated on May 13, 2016

How Long Has It Been?

There was a time, maybe two years ago, when this writer would regularly compose weekly articles about living the simple life. In those articles I told anyone who would read them that my wife and I were moving slowly away from a possession-fueled life for a more meaningful existence, one that did not measure happiness by the size of the truck I drove, the number of designer labels in our closet or the size of our bank accounts.

Then I moved away from those articles so I didn’t bore you all or sound preachy.

Well, I’m back!!!!!

The journey for me actually began about five years ago. At that time I was not a writer. I was in year one of a new teaching gig at a middle school here in Olympia, trying my best to pass along the wisdom of the Ages and, on a completely un-altruistic level, to pay my bills.

One day I woke up and prepared for a new school day in year eighteen of my teaching career, but that day was different from all those that came before. I noticed, for the very first time, that I was not looking forward to going to school. Take into consideration that I loved my time as a teacher. There were many years when I would have taught for free and believe me, that’s not hyperbole. That’s how much I adored that profession.

But on the aforementioned morning I had no desire to go to school.

Something had changed.

I thought about that for days afterwards and then one afternoon, in the middle of a faculty meeting, the principal was a bit snippy in a comment aimed at me, and I tossed her my keys and quit….on the spot…and walked away from my profession without a financial safety net.

The next day I became a writer and I embraced the “living simple” lifestyle.

This is the life!
This is the life! | Source

What Is Living Simple?

Psychologists have known for years that the happiest people on this planet all have certain commonalities. It turns out that people most satisfied with life have strong social connections, find meaning in their work, exercise their highest talents and have a sense of a higher purpose.

Now I’ve known that for years. I heard basically the same thing when I was a hell-raiser in college back in the Sixties, and I embraced that knowledge and swore I would live my life according to those findings. I would have a higher purpose, I would be connected to the social web, I would find meaning to my daily life and work and I would exercise my talents.

And then life came along and a reality, mostly of my making, took over my life. I got a job out of college to make some money, and I bought some possessions, and I worked harder to make more money, and bought more possessions, and when money was in short supply I ran up credit for more possessions and of course then had to work harder, and longer, and…….

I forgot all about those promises I made to my twenty-year old self, and by the time I was forty I was knee-deep in the American way and clutching desperately at the American Dream.

By the time I was fifty-eight I was spinning out of control, exhausted and not a happy boy at all.

I was lost!

I needed, so very badly, to live simply once again.

It would make a great story if I told you on that day I turned on, tuned in and dropped out, but that’s fiction at best and a bald-faced lie at worst. Changes come slowly for me. I need to think them out. I need to chew on them, as a cow chewing cud, taste and feel their textures, spit out the unacceptable and embrace the acceptable.

I began with a simple statement of truth: I wanted to be happy. From there came the realization that happiness is not achieved by constantly working. Possessions are transitory happiness at best, a quick fix which inevitably leads to another quick fix, and another and another and…..

I didn’t necessarily want off the merry-go-round as much as I just wanted the damned thing to slow down a bit.

Love is Bev and Bev is love!
Love is Bev and Bev is love! | Source

Back to the Tossing of Keys

So, back to that day with me walking confidently out of the faculty lounge…..the moment had come for me to begin a new journey. No excuses would be tolerated. I didn’t enjoy teaching any longer so it was time to find something meaningful that I would enjoy.

It was time to form strong social connections.

It was time for me to find a higher purpose.

It was time for me to simplify my life and get rid of the material and psychological clutter.

I stood atop an imaginary soap box and declared to the world that I was no longer going to play the retail/possession-fueled game.

I was returning to my roots.

A Flash from the Past

I thought about my grandparents.

At one time they had a couple hundred acres of prime Iowa farmland. Then the Great Depression came along, and foreclosure followed closely, and upheaval in their lives followed that, and through it all the family stood strong and supported each other, and those lessons were passed down to my parents and their lessons handed to me, and the most important lesson of them all was four simple letters…..

LOVE!

Love fueled our family when the corn was growing strong and fetching the highest prices, and love fueled our family as they stood in bread lines and the corn was plowed under, never to rise again.

And one of the really cool things about love is it doesn’t cost a penny. One need not go into debt and pay high interest rates when stockpiling love, and that means it isn’t necessary to work forty or fifty hours at a job you dislike in order to pay for love.

I was rich and I didn’t know it.

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So Here I Am Today

Today I get it.

Bev and I live a pretty simple life.

We are cutting our debt. Our monthly bills are diminishing. Our urban farm is flourishing. Our love for each other is stronger than ever. We are learning to live in harmony with nature. We do not buy new unless absolutely necessary. We have learned to make repairs and not pay others to do them for us. We mend things and coax life out of dead objects. We spend more time in each other’s company and have meaningful talks. There is very little stress in our lives and what we do have is normal, run-of-the-mill stress that goes away in a few hours.

And with each new day it only gets better.

What’s the Bottom Line?

I think you get it, right? You don’t need me to give you a bottom line.

Is it possible for you?

I believe it is, but only you can make that decision.

Whatever you decide, I hope you find happiness. It really is right there in front of you, waiting for you, calling to you. All you need to do is answer its call.

Pax vobiscum, my friends!

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It's a good life I have, Sha, and I wouldn't trade it for anything. Thank you so much for the kind words.....hugs coming your way.

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      Shauna L Bowling 18 months ago from Central Florida

      I was excited when I saw the title of this post. It's great that you came back and gave us an update. Following your journey through this post put a smile on my face. I remember you telling me the story of throwing your keys at the principal and never looking back. You've come a long way to recapture your roots. And in that journey you and Bev walked side by side slowly whittling away what doesn't matter in life and building strong what does.

      And now you've tied the knot in jeans, bare feet, cotton garments and flowers from the garden laced in Bev's hair in the only place that can properly welcome your union: your back yard. What could be simpler or more precious than that? Nada.

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And it's an excellent dream, Lawrence, one I support you with completely. Best wishes, my friend, and thank you!

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      Lawrence Hebb 18 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      I love my job and don't want to give it up. However, sixty plus hours a week (by necessity) means I'm ready for change!

      I also love my family and would love to spend more time with them.

      Writing is a passion I've decided to chase in the hope that even a small income from it will mean I can cut back in other areas!

      That's my dream

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I hear ya, Larry! For me it's movies and ice cream. LOL

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      Larry Rankin 18 months ago from Oklahoma

      I'm all for living on less, but I gotta have something, lol.

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is that way for me, Tarunponders...a lot of stumbling.

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good to see you Manatita! I hope all is well. Thanks my friend.

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      Tarun Chhauda 18 months ago from Roorkee, India

      Thanks Bill for your motivational words. I guess with every new learnings come some stumbling blocks which one needs to learn to deal with. So be it.

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      manatita44 18 months ago from london

      'Nice!' back again to the articles or Hubs you loved writing. Excellent stuff!

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great scenery along that route, Zulma. I wouldn't have it any other way. And every single word you wrote is truth, my friend. It's been a great ride with more to come.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 19 months ago from United Kingdom

      No, it's not easy slowing down when you've spent the better part of your life racing after that brass ring. Even harder when your contemporaries are urging you to go 'faster, faster, you're almost there'. After a while, you forget why you're running.

      But if you're one of the lucky ones, eventually you'll realise that this is not the life for you and start making changes to live the life you want to lead. It takes time but I've always liked taking the scenic route.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Tarunponders, I wish I knew what to tell you but I don't. I often do not understand HubPages and their policies. Just keep writing in your style and don't let setbacks derail you.

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      Tarun Chhauda 19 months ago from Roorkee, India

      Hi Bill,

      I am still struggling to comprehend the mechanics here. Sometimes it suggests the article has undergone QAP. I could find the article here though

      https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/The-Inner...

      Let me know if you can access it and what you sincerely feel.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Life, family, friends and love, Frank.....and an occasional movie. LOL

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Tarunponders, thanks for sharing your thoughts....I went to read your new article and it said "no longer published." I was sorry to see that.

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      Frank Atanacio 19 months ago from Shelton

      the concept pours out nicely here in your finding happiness living.. lets say the good life, family and friends et al..

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      Tarun Chhauda 19 months ago from Roorkee, India

      Hi Bill,

      That's straight from the heart and I could relate to it in more ways than one. Whenever I sit down to write I forget all else. The worries of the world seem to go away as writing brings me back to my inner self and hence quietude. Thanks for writing this piece and making life more valuable.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Rajan! I really appreciate your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I believe that also....I love what I do and I'm rewarded daily. Maybe I'm not a best-selling author but I still love what I do...so thank you!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 19 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Peace in life offers contentment that no amount of money can give. You have truly found it in a simple life and that's all that matters.

      A wonderful read again about a subject very dear to my heart.

      Thanks for sharing your story my friend.

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      Bill De Giulio 19 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. I was not aware of how you left the teaching profession. It's amazing how your entire life changed direction in that one moment. Certainly a bold and courageous move. I've always felt that if people pursue something that they are passionate about in life it will never feel like just a job and the rewards will eventually come. I see many rewards in your future.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. I've never shown so much flair quitting a job as I did that time. LOL

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, for us yes, that is what it does...gives so much back. I love our life now and can't remember that last time I said that without any hesitation.

      Life is good, my friend.

      bill

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      Linda Crampton 19 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm happy to read another one of your hubs about living a simple life, Bill. The story about tossing your keys at the principal during a staff meeting is very interesting! Congratulations on living the life that you want.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, I love your historical overview. It is catching on here, slowly, like any great movement. I think people are finally coming to realize that their destiny is in their hands. Thanks for a great comment.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      God bless you, Lea, and thank you so much. I'm not sure I would have tossed those keys when I was younger. I had to be of the proper frame of mind and feel comfortable in my own abilities....and it all worked out!!!

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      At the time, Karen, it was a bit scary. Now it turns out to be one of the better decisions of my life.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And you, DDE, have shared your valuable experience. Thank you!

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      Ann Carr 19 months ago from SW England

      The simple life gives so much back, doesn't it? That's what our current move is all about. I feel I'm going back to the lifestyle I loved when younger - clean air, the sea, a garden in which to grow essentials and beauty and, above all, a relaxed atmosphere where love reigns and taking each day at a time is so important. That way we relish every moment and notice everything and everyone around us. Does that sound idealistic? Maybe to some, but I'm finding that it's working and that's cool.

      I'll wish you a simple Sunday this time, bill!

      Ann :)

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      Alan R Lancaster 19 months ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      We had a TV comedy (back in the day when the 'simple life' was the stuff of comedy' and everybody strived to make their lives meaningful) called 'The Good Life'. It ran and ran and before long people took it seriously. In some places there was even a 'barter economy' and 'collectives' sprouted up everywhere - and this was a long time after the Summer of Love.

      The simple life has its roots here in wartime Britain, 'Keep calm' and 'Dig for Victory' when U-Boats sank Allied merchant ships like ninepins. Everybody had their own veggie patch, even the Royal Family at the back of Buck House, to grow potatoes, tomatoes, turnips etc for the dinner table to go with the Spam that came by the crateful from the USA.

      It took a while, but it translated across the Pond like the resurgent Pilgrim Fathers. How long now before it spreads across the state boundaries like Route 66?

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      Lea Tartanian 19 months ago

      This is definitely one of your best! I love that you threw your keys and walked out of that school!!! Thank you so much for this very inspirational story and for the encouragement that you have given so many people with your writing. I embraced every word that you wrote in this piece. I am currently working on clutter so this could not have come at a better time and your focusing on love is so true and vital ....God bless and thank you again one million times !!! Lea T.

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      Karen Hellier 19 months ago from Georgia

      Wow Bill, I had never heard the tossing of the keys story. Amazingly brave of you. More people should follow your example. Good for you and I am glad you followed your passion, and found Bev also. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing. I love the honesty in your writing.

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      Devika Primić 19 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Well said! We live forty kilometers from Dubrovnik a small town. Since our move to Croatia we have built our own place and and do most of the necessary jobs around the home. It is too expensive to pay a handyman to do what we learned to do. Our lives are simple and stress free. You have shared a valuable hub.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! Depression Era generation...it's funny, but my dad didn't really know carpentry or electrical stuff or mechanics...but he found a way to make everything work for the least amount of money. That's me in a nutshell.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you bac2basics. I remember sitting in my truck, after I had walked out on that job, shaking. "What have I done?" went through my mind very loudly. LOL But it worked out and I'm much better for it.

      I do see a revolution against consumerism happening, but like most revolutions, it will take time.

      Thanks for the visit and reflection.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I miss George Carlin. I think he was so funny, but equally his insights into life were very profound.

      Thank you and it is an amazing revelation...one I am cherishing.

      blessings this weekend to you and yours

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      Linda Lum 19 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, I love this story and knowing that you have found inner peace. You say you lost the passion for teaching--kids are pretty perceptive. I wonder if they noticed a difference. But, now here you are teaching us.

      Your dad taught you well--that Depression Era generation certainly learned to do more with less. It's said that the more stuff you own, the more your stuff owns you.

      The best part of this hub is hearing how working together has brought you and Bev closer together. Have a great weekend my friend.

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      Anne 19 months ago from Spain

      Hi Billy.

      Consumerism went mad, but I think the tide is slowly turning for some at least. Our generation knows how to make do and mend but I feel we have not passed this knowledge fully onto our kids, and many parents give material things to make up for the time they don´t have to spend with them, time lost in working to pay for things they don´t really need.

      To walk out of a job without a safety net was a very bold move on your part Billy, one I have never been able to make even when my work was making me ill. I´m glad it worked out for you, and still is.

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      Faith Reaper 19 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, it is an amazing revelation when we realize we are already "rich" indeed, when we have love in our lives! This is a beautiful truth.

      I think about that crazy comedian, George Carlin, who said how crazy is it to have to buy a whole new and bigger house just so we can buy more "stuff"! Hahaha ...We're always buying more "stuff" hence the need to buy a bigger house, and even more "stuff" is needed to fill that house! Ridiculous ...I wish I had all the money back on all that "stuff" which was not necessary back in my youth.

      It's funny when we realize we don't need so much stuff! It would be nice to have that realization sooner in this life.

      God will provide to us what we need and not necessarily what we want (material things). And all we need is love. Now, I have that song in my head.

      Peace and blessings always

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Ruby, and thank you for that reminder. Have a glorious weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Interesting religion, Flourish. I could sign on to that part of it, but after that I'm afraid I'd disappoint a few church members. LOL

      Have a great weekend and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I guess it is, Clive, and I suspect you've found it. Thank you!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Bill, this is a heartfelt story. All I need to do is see the people starving in Asia to know I don't need so much.

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      FlourishAnyway 19 months ago from USA

      My grandfather belonged to a religious group that didn't believe in credit, paying or charging interest or eating animals. It was a strange religion otherwise but I like the simplicity that he valued. Glad you have found inner peace.

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      Clive Williams 19 months ago from Nibiru

      i enjoyed this read. Self happiness i guess is soul fulfillment.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, thank you very much. I'll be by to see your latest in a short while. I've got some carpentry to do first.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      No, Mary, it's not for everyone and honestly, I'm not even trying to sell the idea....just sharing for those who are interested.

      A bold move? I've been that way my entire life but I'm not sure it's boldness...more like clueless about the ramifications...or oblivious. LOL Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Maria. I love that...spectacular in simplicity.

      love my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Venkatachari M. I'm so glad this message resonates with you.

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      William Leverne Smith 19 months ago from Hollister, MO

      Thanks for sharing your story again. Best wishes. If only we would all each follow along and manage to find such a place of peace and love. You are leading the way. ;-)

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      Mary Wickison 19 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      It seems like everything is working out well for you. I found myself nodding in agreement as we do many similar things here on our farm, with regards of reusing items instead of buying new.

      Quitting and walking out was a bold move especially without that net. It sounds like it was the right move for you and the right time.

      I know many people say they could live the lifestyle you have but I wonder how many could. We also live very simply and spend very little money but I realize it's not for everyone.

      Have a great weekend.

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      Maria Jordan 19 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Refreshing and relatable, dear Bill. You put the 'spectacular' in simplicity.

      Love this and you too, Maria

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      Venkatachari M 19 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      I like this kind of simple living. Very inspiring messages from you. We used to be very simple during my childhood and all through my earning years. But not now during my son's time. He does not allow me to practice austerity now. But, I try to maintain simplicity wherever possible. Thanks, Bill, for these reflections of your life and for the reminder.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Harishprasad. I agree with what you have written. Are there things I would like to own? Yes, but there is nothing that I need to own that I do not have already.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Buildreps, just one more reason for me to like you. :) Thank you my friend and Happy Weekend to you.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, thank you for the kind words. Courage? We are just doing what comes naturally, my friend, but thank you anyway.

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      Harish Mamgain 19 months ago from India

      Bill, people have different tastes and different choices to live their lives, but I have always felt that the brazen accumulation of things doesn' t create love in our hearts. It's only when we appreciate little and simple things that we grow in love. Then only we feel a real warmth in the company of people around us. I've also observed that most guys of big possessions remain in enthrallment of themselves, and care not a bit about the common people. You have learned to live simple and this way you soaked your heart in love that shows in your writings. I enjoy this saga of simple way of living. A very nice stuff indeed !

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      Buildreps 19 months ago from Europe

      Good afternoon, Billy. That was a nice read. I believe we live a similar kind of life, my wife and me. Always together. Every day in nature or in our garden. We hardly buy any new stuff. We repair as much as possible. Money is something we hardly need. Love is all you need! Good to know you two are doing so fine. Have a great weekend.

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      Dora Weithers 19 months ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, you've been a pacesetter and an inspiration to many in the living-simple lifestyle. Thanks to you and Bev for your courage and may God's favor continue to surround you every day.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I know you do, Eric, and I thank you for reading about mine.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, we've never tried hydroponics. I've toyed with the idea but it all looked too complicated to me and I'm a simple man with a simple brain. LOL Dirt I understand so dirt I will stick with.

      Glad to hear your atrium is doing so well. I'm with you about that snake....that's a dead snake crawling right now; he just doesn't know it. LOL

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Missy! Thank you so much. We are happy and in the end, that is pretty darned important, isn't it? There is nothing fancy about us...nothing contrived....we are just run-of-the-mill people who are trying to live as simply as possible and who have boiled life down to its most basic component....love!

      You get it and for that I'm proud to call you my friend.

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      Eric Dierker 19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I sure do like the simple life. It is nice to hear your story.

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      MizBejabbers 19 months ago

      That’s really great, Bill, that you could just toss your keys and walk away to a more satisfying life. I’m glad you are keeping us updated about your little urban farm.

      We’ve given up on hydroponics tomatoes, at least for the time being, because the last time we actually got a tomato crop worth the money and effort, white flies took over our house. Then when we thought it safe to put our little setup outside, a late unexpected freeze happened and we lost the whole crop. To hell with it!

      However, our atrium looks like a jungle right now with potted tomato plants, herbs, bulb plants, and even a cherry tree that has a few cherries on it. Then I discovered that a damned western ribbon snake had taken up residence and eaten all our frogs from our little pond. Yes, we have no frogs! I'm very sad about that. Just wait until I get my hands on it.

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      I loved reading this, and it just validated for me exactly why I like you so much, Bill.

      You and I have the same train of thought. I think I have gone about mine in a different way maybe. See, in a sense, I believe I was born with the ability to see the useless things about this world. Being a shy person, I was very observant right from the start. I don't think I ever grasped the concept of wanting material possessions, or obtaining a grand stature with a career. When I watched people live their daily lives in this way, I got it, but I didn't get it. So, therefore, I would never judge, preach, or say anything negative.

      If someone's happiness is based on their love of getting up and going to work everyday in order to buy a new car or house, then that is fine, but in my opinion, you get lost in that life. I mean, I tried that type of life; I had relationships that would think odd of me if I didn't, and eventually did when I couldn't put on my fake facade of caring about these types of "things."

      Life should not be solely based on accumulation of "things" it should be just what you wrote about in this article, and that is "LOVE." It should be based on keeping a foundation with your loved ones. It also should be about respect for nature and what it gives us. I still need to work on that; I love nature and it's natural gifts it can give, but I don't take the time to go totally organic.

      When your life becomes bills, bills, bills, things, things, things, you tend to lose sight of everything that is truly important, and it is the simple things which are the most important.

      It is very thrilling to know that you found a true soul-mate in this lifetime. And because this world we live in today is so brainwashed with the unrealistic way of life, some of us may never find that. It is very rare now. It is so wonderful to know someone who really appreciates life with acknowledgement through love. :) I loved the picture of Bev looking over the mountains, and I loved your comment below the picture. It made me smile big. :):):)

      So again, this was an awesome hub for me to come across and read today. I'm certainly glad I did. Thanks for sharing!

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, good to see you. If I'm not mistaken, food stamps started when I was in college, sometime around 1966 or so...and no, there were no credit cards at all. I don't even remember when those started but it must have been the late 60s or early 70s.....although I think individual stores had them earlier, didn't they? Gosh....anyway, your summation is absolutely correct. It became too easy to buy things, and as a society we signed on the dotted line with gusto....and we still are...and we are buried in debt. Go figure! Deficit financing, my friend. Our government is so good at it, and what's good for the government must be good for us, right? LOL

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      Old Poolman 19 months ago

      Billy, I suspect I am older than you are, but I remember the days when there were no credit cards. They had not yet been invented.

      There also was no such thing as food stamps and very little welfare that I remember. Friends, neighbors, and family actually looked out for one another so there was no need for such things.

      Then along came "Easy Credit" and the downhill spiral began. Prior to Easy Credit if we wanted something badly enough, we had to work extra hard and save to make that purchase. But the "I want it now" crowd fell in love with Easy Credit and they have had to learn some hard lessons.

      The credit card issuers love those card holders who only make that "minimum payment" every month. Those high interest rates just keep accumulating to the point the card holder will never be able to pay off that debt in their remaining years.

      But the "I want it now" crowd accumulated a great many new possessions along the way. New cars, boats, TV's, homes, and even airplanes to brag about.

      I remember my youth when if something I wanted would not fit in the trunk of my car I would not buy it. I liked being able to pack and hit the road in less than one hour.

      Your right as usual, simple is much better.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Suzette. It is a labor of love and we love it for sure.

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, you statement is very true. This is not for everyone but it does suit us. Thanks for being here once again and Happy Friday to you.

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      Suzette Walker 19 months ago from Taos, NM

      Sometimes less is more. I marvel at the organic farming you are doing and all the animals that you raise. And right in your own backyard. You have found the key to real success and contentment in life. Congratulations!

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      Janine Huldie 19 months ago from New York, New York

      Loved a recap of journey of simple living to where you are today and think quite frankly is the perfect decision for you as it suits you so. Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend now, too Bill!! :)