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Positive In/Positive Out....PIPO....How I Changed My Life

Updated on August 17, 2012
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I woke up this morning positive that I would have a good day. It is now 3:04 PDT and nothing has derailed me from that goal. Atticus, our one-year old mutt, tried his best by chewing up the lawn chair cushion, but onward I trudged. I lost half of an article I was working on when I didn’t save it properly, but onward I trudged. I was not hired for a writing gig I wanted badly, but onward I trudged.

While doing all of that trudging I gave support to several writer friends that I have. I smiled while I watered the garden, elated that the California Poppies that Bev and I planted have finally bloomed. I stopped all activity to watch a hawk gracefully soar overhead, and I delighted in the sounds of neighborhood children laughing while they ran through the lawn sprinkler.

It has been a marvelous day!

Re-wind to six years ago.

THIS BOY LEARNS LESSONS THE HARD WAY

By 2006 I had pretty much given up on myself. Harsh words but true words nonetheless. I considered myself a failure! I considered myself a sorry excuse for a human being! Oh, I could talk the talk, but backing up my words was beyond me.

You see, I had no direction. I looked back over the landscape of my life and saw only missed opportunities. How much time had I wasted over the years? How much money had I blown? How much love had I turned away and how much happiness had I forfeited?

Those thoughts dominated each and every day and as a consequence, anything I said had a negative spin to it. I was a walking, talking billboard of doom and quite frankly, I hated myself.

Today I call that stinkin’ thinkin’ GIGO! Garbage In, Garbage Out! I was a self-fulfilling prophecy each and every day. I did not expect life to be good or to hold any promise, and I reflected that in everything that I did and said.

In other words, my thought process dictated my actions, for I believe there is a definite correlation between our outlook on life and our actions. If all I think is negative then all I will receive is negative.

Don't Worry Be Happy

THE SHINING LIGHT OF HOPE

I would love to tell you that there was a personal burning bush, that I saw a sign from above and it steered me in a direction of salvation. The truth, however, is that my negativity almost cost me my life. Sitting in a hotel room in Anchorage, Alaska, drinking vodka to blot out my internal suffering, I almost drank myself to death.

The only thing that saved me was a slight glimmer of hope still burning inside of me. I did not want to die! I did not want my legacy to be one of hopelessness and weakness. I did not want to be remembered as a man who gave up on life. I wanted to live!

AND SO A NEW JOURNEY BEGAN

Once I had eliminated alcohol from my personal baggage, I came to realize the importance that our thoughts have on our actions. It became obvious to me that I needed to change my way of thinking; if I didn’t, I would return to those dark days and there was a very real chance I would not return.

Thus, I embarked on a new journey, a journey of positive thoughts and actions. I called it PIPO! Positive In, Positive Out! I would become my thoughts, and my thoughts would become a positive force in my life.

Is it easy to do? What do you think? If you have been carrying around negativity for years, the answer is no, it is not easy. This process requires a complete re-wiring of your brain. Make no mistake about it, this is a conscious decision and it requires constant vigil. It is so easy to slip back into the old stinkin’ thinkin’. Life gives us every opportunity to find negatives.

The creditors are calling; the husband is not understanding; the kids are driving you nuts; all are reasons to slip back into the “poor me” syndrome. You looked in the mirror and noticed you had gained weight; great reason to be down on yourself and consider yourself a loser. You made simple mistakes at work and feel like such a fool. You dropped a dish and can’t believe you are so clumsy!

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STEPS I TOOK

First step I took was to surround myself with positive people; conversely, I eliminated negative people from my life. Was that easy to do? No, because in two instances it meant saying goodbye to good friends. However, it was necessary for my happiness and thus it had to be done.

The second step I took was to list the gifts in my life. These I called my reasons for happiness. I had my son; I had my good health. I had great friends who loved me and I had talents that could be used to rebuild my life. When I finished my list even I had to admit I had a treasure chest of positive things in my life.

The third step was one of conscious determination. I consciously set out to be positive. I took a walk one day, and I remembered all the good that had happened during my lifetime. I thought back to an earlier time when I was younger and happier and I plugged into those vibes and memories. If I was happy once then I could be happy again.

I came to realize that happiness is an inside job! If my happiness was dependent on any outside influence then it was transitory on the best of days. I had to be happy at the very core of my being because that was one influence that was only dependent on me. In other words, I controlled my destiny with regards to happiness.

THE FINAL PRODUCT

Six years later, the proof is in the proverbial pudding. I love life! I am surrounded by positive people who nourish me on a daily basis. Amazingly, or perhaps not so, I have become a positive influence on others. Who would have ever believed it possible?

I am a walking, talking ambassador for positive thinking, and today I can’t imagine living my life any other way. Today positive thoughts enter my brain and today positive words leave my mouth and positive actions are undertaken daily.

I have no wealth if wealth is only measured in dollars and cents. My wealth is measured by the smile on my face. My wealth is measured by the smiles on the faces of my loved ones. My wealth is measured by the feeling of contentment inside of me.

Positive In…..Positive Out! I wish all of you a PIPO life from this moment on!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sunnie, thank you so much! I respond to pain.....and happily I responded when I needed to most. I will not return to that dark place..

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, you are wonderful....and PIPO should be your name....thank you and enjoy your weekend my friend.

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      Dear Billy,

      I loved this hub for so many reasons but your outline was outstanding, a road make to change ones thinking is exactly what we all need. We are not mere animals we have choices and make decisions everyday so why not in our minds to be positive. I have lost my joy before and it is not a good place to be. I am so proud of you for stepping out from that dark place and changing your life around. Nothing is easy and sometimes takes baby steps, learning to deal with each situation differently, sharing positive thoughts. Thank you for sharing this awesome message.

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      I had to come here to read about PIPO, becuse I try to live by Bill's PIPO rule and I'm tweeting it today. Enjoy your weekend! :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Keith! I find you to be a pretty positive person as well, and may you always receive the same from others.

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      The Law of Attraction definitely applies in your life, Bill! Excellent advice :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you manatita; greatly appreciated!

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      manatita44 5 years ago from london

      I see you like my Marley, too. Excellent PIPO video.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you manatita....I will keep spreading the word and hopefully others will listen.

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      manatita44 5 years ago from london

      Wonderful and powerful hubs. Continue to soar and blossom and to take others with you. Many blessings.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, my heart soars knowing that you are back. You have been sorely missed and I am so happy. Thank you my dear friend; here's to many more years of mutual respect and friendship.

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      Eddy Jones 5 years ago from Wales.

      Hi Billy a brilliant read as always : don't have too much of a shock but I am back on here; as eddy4me and not Eiddwen.

      Reading this great hub of yours I know why I have missed HPs so.

      Looking forward to so many more by you;enjoy your day and here's one almighty 'Up up and away !!!'

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, I can't imagine living any other way my friend. Never again will I return to the old ways. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lyric, thank you! If I am uncomfortable it is mine to work with. Always growing, right my friend? I appreciate your words greatly; it's been a rocky journey but the destination was oh so worth it.

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

      I've always believed in being positive. And you are the biggest example of the success of PIPO, Bill.

      Great hub and very motivational. Voted up and useful. Sharing it too.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Bill, your a humble man. I believe our will to live, in similar situations, shows courage. I guess you can define it in other ways, perhaps more character then courage. I walked those shoes as well once and by the grace of the Lord changed. I have always been an emotional man, totally thanks to my mother. The care you have for others shows your pure heart and soul. I don't mean to make you uncomfortable, but you do deserve at the very least a comment of appreciation. The time you take to respond to others and in your series, that is special. For me, it inspires Bill. Just glad I could meet such a great friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure Chrisinhawaii; thanks for stopping by once again.

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      chrisinhawaii 5 years ago

      That was great, Bill. Thanks for that shot of PIPO. I needed that today.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      WhydThatHappen....thanks for that but I knew that.....I don't remember the original artist....I just thought I'd add a different cover of the song. Thanks for stopping by; always appreciated.

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      WhydThatHappen 5 years ago

      Great Hub about such an essential (really) mindset for living the life you want.

      I do have to nitpick on this, as a part of my happy me- "Don't Worry, Be Happy" is not by Bob Marley as your video link suggests. I don't know the real musician's name, but I think both Bob and the other guy like it even less than I do. Bob Marley did have a similarly themed song called "Three Little Birds"

      Here's the link to it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrBdCghy76A&fea...

      No offense. Just wanted to clear that up.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carly, that would, indeed, be amazing.

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      CarlySullens 5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      You got it Bill! I promise if I am ever near you geographical I will do everything I can to have that hike and lunch. Who knows, maybe there will be a hub pages conference one day where we can all meet up. Wouldn't that be amazing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      whonunuwho, great words....being thankful for what we do have. Love it! Thank you my friend.

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      Yep.. we have to live one day at a time and make the most of each one. Saying our prayers before and after each day, and being thankful for what we do have. Very good message you have given to all in this hub, Bill.Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carly, as you well know, our personal experiences need to be shared, so that others will be helped. If I truly help one person with all of my writings then it is all worth the time and effort. Thank you my dear; promise me some day that we will meet in person. That would be wonderful!

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      CarlySullens 5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      I love stories like this. Not an easy triumph but definitely worth the journey to get to the triumph. Thank you for sharing something so personal to offer guidance to others. That is the kind of man you are.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lyric....I held off until morning to respond to this so I was wide-eyed and busy-tailed. I don't even know where to begin.

      First, please call me Bill...that's what my friends call me.

      Second, thank you for sharing your past with me (us)....it is so important to share things like that. I firmly believe it helps others who may be struggling, and teaches them that they don't have to keep secrets.

      Courage? I don't know....I just know I didn't want to die, and I was willing to do anything not to die. I had taken the easy way out for twenty years...it was time to do the right thing....for others and for myself. That's why I share my past now; I want others to learn from my past so that it has value.

      Praise....I am always so uncomfortable when people say such nice things about me....but thank you! I just consider myself a regular guy who has stumbled more often than not, but keeps getting back up, hoping to get it right and finally walk a smooth path in life. I think I'm there as long as I don't forget the lessons of the past.

      I am humbled by your words. I truly am; thank you for taking the time to write such a beautiful comment.....if I can every help you, please, allow me to.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Giselle, thank you so much! I don't know if you have heard of the acronym HALT....hungry, angry, lonely, tired.....they are the warning signs that we are about to have a bad day...problem is, most of us don't recognize the signs until we are "over the top" and cranky and out of sorts. Anyway, glad this article helped you. I don't seem to get notifications of when you publish; I'll go check your site now.

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      Giselle Maine 5 years ago

      I really needed to read this today! Normally I am a VERY positive person but today, I don't know, I just got off to a bad start to the day feeling negative. Indeed, I actually started counting down the hours until bedtime - that is how negative I was feeling. Until I read this hub, and realized, hey, *I* am the one that gets to have some control over this and about how I feel! I liked how you put actual examples of 'negative stumbling blocks' that you overcame, the little ones as well as the big ones. Often I just let little things get to me more than they should, especially if I'm low on sleep (which is what happened this morning). Anyhow, thank you so much for renewing my day and for making a difference. This is a superb hub which I'm sure will help many people.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      toknowinfo, you said it better than I did...no, it is not easy, but it is oh so worth it. Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Christy! It makes me feel good to know you are proud of me. Have a wonderful Sunday my friend.

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      toknowinfo 5 years ago

      Hi Billy, I always say change your thoughts, change your world. Your hub proves you are an PIPO ambassador! From my own experience, even when times are tougher than anything, if you keep that tiniest glimmer, and don't let it get extinguished, positive thoughts will get you to where you want to be one day. It is not easy to endure, like you said it is not easy to train yourself to think positive, but you proved it can be done. Everything begins with a thought, we might as well make it positive.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      PIPO indeed! I am not surprised by the number of comments here for you. You are a great role model and I am so proud of you for giving up alcohol and the way your life has improved since then. Take care.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Bill, you have came a long way from that person and I couldn't be more proud of you. First, the courage to admit that you were an alcoholic, it is brave and courageous. Secondly, you tell about it to help others, which is very selfish. I can relate to you and your story because I was an addict as well. Addiction is addiction, no matter what it is. I was once hooked on oxycontin. Life then, nothing mattered but those pills. For an alcoholic, it is all about alcohol. That frame of mind, you loose morals and honor. Nothing else matters. Your story makes me smile cause I know how hard it is Bill. Very proud that you left it all behind. That first step, the "new crowd", it is a must. You can't hang around the same people, same friends. It sounds harsh, but it is recovery. Just an awesome article Bill. And look at you now, you are a star on Hubpages. Many would agree. The time you take in your videos, writing, research, your fully committed. And if I have learned anything in the two months knowing you, your soul and heart thinks of others before yourself. Very unselfish you are Bill. All this time helping others, it is now noted and inspirational. Makes me want to help others also. Your wise from experience. Now you take that past pain, hurt, and disappointment and you have turned it into "POSITIVE" things, just like this article and inspiring us all to be better. So what am I trying to say? Bill, the world is a much better place with you. Just glad that you have the platform to write on and I was fortunate enough to come across your avatar. You inspire me and I know many others my friend! Take care Mr. Billybuc

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      God bless you, Lea! I love your compassionate spirit; you "spark" my life and for that I am grateful!

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      Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Billy buc voted UP USEFUL and INTERESTING!

      Your testimonies are powerful, inspiring and there is no way your writing will not influence many, many people in a very positive way.

      THANK you for your honest, up front stories, and how you made up your mind to change things for the better...and to help others do the same. God bless, Sparklea :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      dwachira, your Dad is a wise man. Pay the price and be thankful for what we have. Great comment; thank you Sir!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Up today, my Dad always reminds me that no matter what happens in life, so long as one has blessings of a good health, then worry not. How true that you mention it here billybuc! We have to pay a price to have the life that will be meaningful to us. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Donnah, you are very welcome! Go see if you can spot a hawk overhead; they are so beautiful. Enjoy your weekend and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, it was a long road getting here but now that I'm here I'll shout it from the mountaintops. Thank you and enjoy your weekend. PIPO to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, it sounds to me like you have everything under control. We thought alike, as I could never figure out why life was so unfair....silly me, it wasn't unfair...it just was life. :) Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, it sounds to me that you have a firm understanding of yourself; that's never a bad thing. Thank you my friend.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      It is so easy to complain and beat ourselves up, but those thoughts make it harder to get back to anything positive. You are right in that we need to start out every day with the thought that it is going to be a good day, so then the negatives don't get us down.

      I love the moment you described where you stop and watched the eagle. These are the moments we need to capture and cherish, as they remind us how vast and beautiful the world is.

      Now I am going to have a beautiful day. Thanks for getting me started on the right foot!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      PIPO...the glass is half full...the power of positive thinking! "While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart." - Saint Francis of Assisi...this my friend is you and you are blessed with the ability to share it.

      Yes, thinking positive does change your life and being with positive people supports your thinking. As always Bill you hit the nail on the head.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      It really is amazing how the way we think about things can affect us, the people around us and our daily lives.

      I am amazed at the journey taken this year and how positive thinking, cutting out negative friends or limiting time to the minimal with negative family, and listing all that is good in your life - can only bring happiness. It's not easy - I used to freak out over the small things, put myself down a lot and wonder why the world was being so cruel. The world wasn't being cruel - I just had the wrong outlook on life, and on myself.

      Brilliant article and great advice to all! :)

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I admit, though my company spent a lot of money to make me a positive thinker, I put myself in very negative situations. all in all my performance has been better than most.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, no reason to apologize. Granddaughter deserve your time. Be well my friend and have a PIPO weekend. Thank you very much!

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      billybuc, thanks for sharing your heart here. Let us not waste another minute of this precious life being miserable. Let us make a choice to think on things that are true, lovely, praisworthy, of good report, and honorable, as He tells us in His Word, and we will be kept in perfect peace - those whose mind are kept on Him. I am sorry for the late comment, as I have my granddaughters up for the weekend, so I am behind a little. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      B. Lucy, you are very welcome! We all have someone in our lives who can't seem to find the positive in life and yes, there are some we simply can't lock out of our lives. I like your words about blocking negativity...that we can do.

      Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I'm not sure how much inspiration you need; you are a very positive person and I'm proud to call you a friend and peer. Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

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      B Lucy 5 years ago from Podunk, Virginia

      This hub couldn't have come at a better time. I am a very positive, thankful person. However, sometimes I am so surrounded by negativity that I feel as though I am scooping out the Titanic with a dixie cup. Co-workers complaining about work (you're lucky to have a job.), my mother complaining about feeling bad (you're ALIVE!), etc. (These aren't necessarily people I can or want to completely cast out of my life.) But I have realized while I may not be able to control their GIGO . . I can control my PIPO and block their negativity from penetrating me. THANK YOU, BILLYBUC!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Another excellent hub post, Bill. I love your thoughts, "I came to realize that happiness is an inside job!" We won't be happy until we understand that it must come from our thinking and following positive action upon the thoughts. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      pstraubie, you have most definitely had your share of heartaches....and I firmly believe in the power of positive thinking and affirmations. I love your outlook on life. Sending strength across the miles to your daughter and grandson and thank you so much for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, thank you! I love life and I want everyone else to experience the same. I appreciate your kind words. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marcy, thank you! Sending peace and happiness your way...and some PIPO for extra measure. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for sharing Mary and for the kind words. I'm just a person who decided he would rather live than die, and took the necessary steps to make sure that happened. Today I love life....and PIPO is my mantra.

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      I am gulity of too much positive thinking sometimes I think. I like you, like everyone, have had the negatives. Things happened, mountains came, the climb began. Got to the top and saw all of the possibilities.

      The greatest challenge came when my grandson was diagnosed with a life threatening illness about 14 years ago, one they said he would succumb to before he was 6 and he is now 17, still fighiting. If you have read the entries I have posted about my family, you know that my daughter was diagnosed 9 years ago with cancer and it has spread. She had a stent put in her heart yesterday so she is still on the planet. And I attribute her being on the planet as well as my grandson being here to a w h o l e bushel basket full of positive enregy and a lot of Angels watching over them.

      As I read this I retraced the other difficult times I faced. And for some reason they made me more determined than ever to see the silver lining on each cloud.

      Your words are an affirmation of the powers that lie within. Thank you, billybuc, for sharing this. Voted up and everything else!!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, thank you for your kind words. I'm not sure how heroic I am, but I do know I didn't want to die. :)

      I have noticed the same thing about negative people; maybe what they really want is to be around a positive person but they are incapable of changing themselves...hoping maybe it will rub off on them by osmosis.

      Have a wonderfully PIPO weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, I think the yogi was absolutely correct! :) Thanks for sharing that and yes, most of the time I am a positive person. I'm not sure I could live with myself if I didn't have a little negativity occasionally. LOL Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Keith, positive people can be seen even through their writing....without you telling me I knew you were a positive sort of guy. Thanks buddy and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sue, that sounds like excellent advice to me. How did it turn out for her? Do you still stay in touch?

      Anyway, thank you and wishing you a PIPO weekend of your own.

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Bill,

      This is an upbeat and inspirational share. The comment stream is beautiful and I am enjoying the videos as well. Voted UP and UABI.

      Have a lovely weekend. Hugs, Maria

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      You always write such inspiring hubs! Bless you, dear friend!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I admire you so much for your honesty. I think I am a very positive person. I try not to associate with people who are negative all the time: those kind just bring us down!

      You sound like you have your feet planted solidly on the ground now, and I think that is commendable on your part.

      I voted this Hub UP, and will share this one, too. Mary

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      I like PIPO. It is so easy for people to slip into negativity. Being positive usually take so much more work, but, of course, the reward is to much better than what usually goes along with negativity. What is always so interesting is that the negative people will always be lurking around, trying hard to bring you to their level. Even if you cut them out, they are seeking ways to get back to you and get you back into old habits of seeing life through negative filters.

      Hurray for you and the metamorphosis you went through. It seems so trite to just say hurray, but it is heartfelt. You accomplished something truly heroic. An amazing story to share with us. Thanks.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Hi Bill, I thought I would stop in --you do seem like a positive person. And I do think that what we think becomes manifest in the universe--so thoughts are important. I can't recall what I was reading, but your hub put me in my of that reading--we all seek awareness--some yogi that I was reading said that if we really knew what awareness is when we are busy seeking it, we would all get in our cars and go home instead. And as I sit here and type my comment, I am wondering what it is in your article that made me travel down that neuron pathway--enough rambling on my part--positive in is positive out---

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      I'm happy to say I'm a very positive person with happy outlooks on life :) Thanks for sharing this Bill! I think more people should be positive this day and age!

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Bill,

      "I came to realize that happiness is an inside job!" Years ago I worked with a lady who was overweight. Her boyfriend would always threaten to leave if she didn't lose weight so she would go on a diet. I told her she should lose weight for her self not out of desperation to keep her boyfriend.

      A Pippo weekend to you and Bev :)

      Voted up and away!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carter, you are very welcome; it is a way of life for me now and I can't imagine returning to the negative. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, you and I both know how long it takes to learn this, but once us old timers got the hang of it, nothing can derail us. Thanks my friend and have a great weekend.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Fantastic hub Billy...love, love love it!! way to go, thanks for sharing this great info...VotedUUAI & shared

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bill.....DOWN with GIGO......way way down. UP with PIPO.....up and repeatedly and always!! Takes a while to learn this and apply it...but it's worth it!!

      And UP and away with this terrific hub!!! I am with you 100%

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Radcliff, it is my pleasure! If others learn from my life then it is all worth it. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Travel, for me, it is all about survival. I needed to be public about my addiction so I could move forward without secrets. Recovery is about changing who I am into a positive force. Thank you so much; we all, from time to time, are our own worst enemy. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, thank you! I think it is vital that we open our lives so that others can learn from our mis-steps.

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      Liz Davis 5 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Remaining positive in the face of adversity is difficult, but worth the effort. Thank you for taking the time to remind us to focus on the good things in life!

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      Katheryn 5 years ago from United States

      Billy - you had the courage to admit to your addiction and to start a new chapter in life. Many people can't even do that. You have taken what you have learned from the negative aspects of your life and used those lessons to help others. You have taken your own negative situation and turned it into something positive. It is impossible to move forward in our lives without a positive thinking attitude. Our thoughts can be our own worst enemy. It is something I have to work on all of the time!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      What an incredible testimony Bill. So brave of you to share it as well. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Josh! It is the only way I roll nowadays; negativity can take a hike and stay out of my world.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelley, I see you as a huge positive influence on others. I love your attitude and I, too, am happy that we have become friends. Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Awesome Bill! I love the stinkin thinkin and GIGO. I try to live my life that way, more and more each day but I still have to work on it. I love it when people use the lessons they've learned in life to "help" others in a positive way. So glad I met you here! Take care and have a great weekend! Kelley

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Bill,

      Awesome job here buddy! Positive thinking is what I thrive on! It is the only thing that makes sense to me! The hard thing like you mentioned, is

      getting rid of the negative people in your life. But, it is definitely worth it in the long run. Thought provoking read Bill.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, good for you, refusing to allow alcohol in your home. If I wanted to start preaching I could list statistics about the damage alcohol does in American society....but I'm not a preacher...just a simple man who has learned some valuable lessons in life. Thank you my young, wise friend.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      As a child I witnessed (and still do to an extent) alcohol ruin people I love. Now that I'm an adult I refuse to drink and found someone who also doesn't drink. Alcohol is forbidden in my house including with visitors or holidays. It makes me incredibly happy you made that decision!

      I love these life lessons you write! They are good reminders of what we're doing right and what we need to change. ^_^ voted up and useful.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, I will keep it coming, in part because of the encouragement of people like you, who keep telling me that my words matter. Thank you my friend; have a wonderful weekend and thank you for being the man you are.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, I'm just passing along stuff that was taught to me; I'm glad you enjoyed this. Whenever I think of you I think of positive lifestyle and outlook. Thank you!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      This is such an inspiring hub on the power of positive thinking. It takes a lot of inner strength to choose to be positive and you certainly have that! Enjoyable read!

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      This is the humanity we are trying to rescue against all odds! You have done so much for so many in here... they just come to hear the preacher of life and hope. Where do I get these words from? From my heart. You see bill, writing from the heart pays off! There are so many talented writers, and it would be so nice to see them taking action and help one another. The times are calling our souls. You keep it going my friend. Salutes from the other side of the ocean!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Julie, I smile every time someone says they remember PIPO...I love it! Makes this writer very happy. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Patty, if we can't learn and share our personal experiences then they have little value. I want my life to be a learning center for others; maybe it will help.

      I'm glad this has helped you and thank you so much for being a positive influence in my life.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! You happen to be one of the most positive people on HubPages and I'm proud to be your friend. I love the PIPO thing I dreamed up....kind of catchy, isn't it? Thanks for the share my dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, people like you inspire me...I am going to write a hub about that this weekend...you threw away the negatives in your life and took positive steps towards your future...that is huge and I'm proud of you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchi, we all slip back occasionally to negative thinking...I am glad if this hub helped you to focus on the positive...thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pooja, your words are eloquent and oh so correct. We have a responsibility for our own happiness. You obviously understand that. Have a PIPO day my friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, people like you make me believe that anything is possible. I know for a fact it took courage to do what you did, but it is for the best for your happiness and contentment, and that's what life is all about. You will be fine; I have no doubt it will work out for you.

      Sending hugs across the miles; I am proud of you lil' Sis!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Bill, PIPO is something I keep up in my head now any time I feel the negativity creeping back and you know, it works! I am getting better at it and I have shed some of my stress and am feeling more positive about the future, thanks to PIPO (and you!)

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Wow, I think I reallllly needed to read this!!! I consider myself a very positive person, however surrounded by many negative that eventually it does break me down to the point it is hard to get back up...most times I can recover quickly, but other times, it takes a long time!!

      I truly appreciate how you always share personal experiences!!!

      Voted Up, Awesome, Interesting, Useful, and Shared!!!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, you are an extremely positive person indeed and as your friend am proud to read this and understand a bit more how you became this way. I do agree being positive is not an easy task and with that said I do try very hard everyday to be as positive as I can possibly be and always try to smile as much as possible too. Love your philosophy of PIPO too and will definitely be using that one more :). Seriously, again enjoyed reading his and have of course voted up, shared and tweeted too!!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love what you say about happiness being an inside job Well said. I need to work on my PIPO! Sometimes I fall into the GIGO trap. I need to practice some positive self-talk every morning when I wake up.

      You're so inspiring!

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Great thought..positive in, positive out..Lately, I was also caught up in thinking negatively. Your hub reminded me to gain back control of my thoughts and thus, change my life direction in positive way too.