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Run for the Roses: A Moment with Bill Reflection

Updated on February 26, 2015

Born in the Valley

“Born in the valley and raised in the trees

Of Western Kentucky on wobbly knees

With mama beside you to help you along

You’ll soon be a growing up strong.”

Arrival….survival….an assault to the senses at first….a brilliant cornucopia of experiences shortly after…we are born, we are frightened, we are confused, we are turned around, upside down, inside out, tiny little squirmy creatures in a scary world of giants, loud sounds, intense feelings of comfort and yes, moments of pain.

Mama holds us, strokes us, pats, us, coos to us, and assure us that all is well, all is as it should be, all will be all right, and we believe her, we suckle, we chuckle, we crawl, fall, demand and try to stand, testing the limits, bringing our “child” to a child-proof home and exposing it as nonsense, for how could any home be “child-proof?” How could any environment be totally safe? Mama will try her best…Dada will try his best….and the rest, as they say, is up to us.

And so we go forth, tentatively at first, but soon momentum increases, hinderances are conquered, and all roads lead to our destiny, the road that lies ahead.

Born in the valley
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Could Never Prepare You for What Lies Ahead

“All the long, lazy mornings in pastures of green

The sun on your withers, the wind in your mane

Could never prepare you for what lies ahead

The run for the roses so red.”

Your parents do their best, passing down their wisdom and experience. Teachers follow with sets of rules and knowledge supposedly crucial for your development. The School of Hard Knocks comes a’callin, always eager to impart some wisdom at your doorstep.

But none of it…absolutely none of it…can prepare you for the life that awaits you. On the horizon of your life are friends, enemies, figures of importance and casual acquaintances. On the horizon of your life are heartaches, triumphs, thrill and chills. Out there past today, where the sun has yet to shine, are girlfriends, boyfriends, bosses, bill collectors, supporters, detractors, doctors, lawyers, good health and ill will, and a hundred-thousand other small moments that will have a collective impact on your psyche and development as a human being.

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

Confucius

The strength of its stud
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The Chance of a Lifetime in a Lifetime of Chance

“And it’s run for the roses as fast as you can

Your fate is delivered, your moment’s at hand

It’s the chance of a lifetime in a lifetime of chance

And it’s high time you joined in the dance.”

The challenges come. The challenges go. We are forged by time and fate, honed to a sharp edge, fire and hammer pounding us to a fighting sheen, preparing us for what? When will the defining moments arrive? When will we be faced with our own mortality? When will we be called upon to stand up and be counted? And more importantly….will we answer the bell for that important round, as the judges scribble on their score cards, and we enter the ring and absorb the body punches, the jabs, the crosses to bear, will it all be too much for us, or will we remain standing in the center of that ring, bloodied, bowed, but victorious?

Will we even recognize those defining moments, or will they slip by us, unaltered and unanswered, not even noticed and ultimately lost in time? Do we have what it takes? Are we made of the right stuff, the stuff we need to overcome, survive and thrive? Is the fire burning strong enough within, or are there only embers slowly fading? It is a cosmic joke, really, irony in its purest form, that oftentimes defining moment go unnoticed, and only when we look back over the landscape of our lives do we see them for what they were, the crossroads that defined us as human beings.

So the bell is ringing constantly. Do you hear it?

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.

Pope John XXIII

Ready for the race of my lifetime
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The Fire of a Mare and the Strength of a Stud

“From sire to sire, it’s born in the blood

The fire of a mare and the strength of a stud

It’s breeding and it’s training and it’s something unknown

The drives you and carries you home.”

Down the backstretch of life we race and around the final turn, legs churning, lungs straining, heart pumping, our strides increase in length as we head for home. The competition is fierce and there, as the finish line comes into sight, we discover whether we have what it takes. Our bodies are screaming for rest. Our minds are telling us we can do it, we can’t do it, we must do it, but can we do it?

And at that magical moment, when doubts and confidence intertwine, the unknown takes over, our minds clear, and all that came before us delivers on its promise, the same promise whispered in our ears as we reclined in our mother’s arms so long ago, the promise of unlimited possibilities if only we believe. If only we trust in the lessons learned, and embrace the answers, then our stride will be true, there will be no missteps, and we will gallop through the finish line victors in the race…victors in life.

We may be bucked off. It’s certainly not unheard of. Life is a ton of muscle, sinew, and heart, a runaway beast capable of tossing us to the ground or giving us the ride of a lifetime, and whether we end up falling, or holding on for the entire ride, depends on what we have learned over the decades, and how we have reacted to those lessons.

Such happiness as life is capable of comes from the full participation of all our powers in the endeavor to wrest from each changing situations of experience its own full and unique meaning.

John Dewey

And It’s High Time You Joined in the Dance

“And it’s run for the roses as fast as you can

Your fate is delivered, your moment’s at hand….”

Will you join in the dance? Or will you stand by the wall, the perpetual wallflower, watching as others lead the life you wanted so badly?

The average life span is 75 years, give or take. Seventy-five years….27,375 days….657,000 hours….2.6 billion heartbeats…..how many of those are used to thrive and not merely survive?

You were given all you needed at birth. Bonuses were heaped upon you over the years. You are a walking, talking miracle waiting to happen, and if the miracle has not happened then only two things are missing: your affirmation and participation.

Don’t you think it’s about time?

Whatever has held you back needs to cease.

Whatever lies you told yourself need to be buried.

Whatever restrictions you placed on your growth need to be unshackled.

The moment is now!

Are you ready for the race?

Are you ready to run for the roses?

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc) In memory of Dan Fogelberg

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      Marilyn L Davis 2 years ago from Georgia

      Good morning, Bill; let that poet out.....what a wonderful mix of poetic devices, lyrics, encouragement, chastisement, preaching and pontificating. You've done it all in this one, my friend. I'm just about ready to tackle anything...why have I waited? No excuses and now I've got you to contend with as well....so affirmation and participation are my key words today....stay tuned. Got time for my challenge yet? ~Marilyn

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marilyn, it sounds like I dropped by just in the nick of time for you. :) I'm glad I could be a personal cheerleader today, and thank you for stopping by. Your challenge? I'll take it on Monday and post it early next week. How's that?

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      Marilyn L Davis 2 years ago from Georgia

      Deal, now let me get back to work...you cannot be a cheerleader and a distraction....she smiles. ~Marilyn

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sorry, Marilyn! I keep making that mistake. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I really needed this today, Bill. I've had a rash of shit befall me in the past couple of days. It's affected my motivation to say the least. Time to get back in the saddle and deal with the problems rather than allow the problems to deal with me.

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      Merida Craze 2 years ago

      Gee Bill where were you when I needed to hear this?!! Beautifully written and very inspiring. Thank you.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Definitely ready to run for the roses! You're right, we are miracles; our bodies, our minds, our abilities. Seems a shame to waste them. The older I get the more that becomes apparent. Confidence helps of course, and that comes with age, but the courage to go for it anyway is so important, whatever opportunities come our way.

      Great message, bill. You pen these 'reflections' so well but then you know that. I've said it before but it's the flow and the talking over a cuppa style that makes it work so well.

      Hope your Thursday is going well and that you and yours are happy and healthy.

      Ann :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I have those days, and I've learned it is just part of the process. There will be setbacks...there will be shit...but we are writers and we rise above it all. Carry on dear friend, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Aneegma. It's always nice having you drop by. Sorry I wasn't there when you needed me. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Ann and thank you for the kind words. We are miracles...I wish I could inject that message into every single person....my goodness, what are some people waiting for? :)

      Happy Thursday. It's a lazy, rainy day here. I'm just taking care of some odds and ends.

      bill

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wonderful read.

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      Bill...I've been running this race for many many years and I guess that's what keeps me determined to succeed, my friend. Wonderful inspiration as always. whonu

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I listened to Dan sing as I read your words and connected wholeheartedly. We only have a life span to get it right, so it's time to run for the roses. I am enthusiastically going to try. I love your reflections. Thank you. Shared on Twitter.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Larry. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I have you to thank for the resurrection of the reflections, so thank you. I'm so very glad you enjoy them.

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Beautiful and poignant, Bill.

      I loved that you wrote it in the parameters of the song,

      "Run for the Roses".

      Encouragement and determination are two of the most decisive

      words in the English language. Living by these words leaves no room for doubt.

      I may have told this before, but Dan Fogelberg was commissioned to write, Run for the Roses. For some reason, it no longer is played on TV before the big race. The song is enduring and will surely outlive us all.

      Your article hits close to home.

      I'm dancing as fast as I can. We dance a little slower in the South. :-)

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I have been a Fogelberg fan for forty years now. His was such a beautiful voice, and he was one of the best lyricists to ever write music. For me it was a sad day when he died, so this was in his honor.

      Thank you for appreciating it.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      billybuc

      I ran for hills.

      This week is a tale of two births.

      Two families that we know had births.

      One baby was born fine and normal.

      The baby of the other baby was delivered C section after five months because of a breathing problem. That baby is on life support with a less than slim chance of surviving.

      These babies don't even get to the starting line.

      I am sorry to kick the horse under your saddle, but it is hard to see roses anymore.

      I have mixed feeling about this comment.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brad, I never have mixed feelings when someone shares from the heart. Thank you for sharing.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      What a beautiful way to remind us that life is worth living and doing those things that give us joy.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Marlene. I'm very happy that you enjoyed this reflection.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      A poet and inspiration; I knew you could do it. Recipes next?

      lol ^+

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      A beautiful mixture of metaphors adding up to a wise look at what life is about.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I think I'll just quit while I'm ahead. LOL Thank you for your kind loyalty.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Sure, Bro. I am running right now. Let us run together, we'll be a great Team. Paints a very beautiful picture of coming a long way, tripping and standing and facing the trials, gaining momentum along the way. Some don't perhaps.

      Beautiful and flowing Hub, like a river. Much peace.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      You have certainly met the challenge! Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Brian. I love writing these reflections.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, we will be a great team for sure, my friend. I'll start jogging now; catch up when you can. :)

      blessings and thanks

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill. I appreciate it very much.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Chuckle, chuckle.

      I laugh a lot Bro, and since you make me laugh, perhaps you laugh a lot too. Good for the Spirit. In Love and Light.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Absolutely yes....the Pope got it right....if we all would heed those words.

      I thankfully was alert and listening when my defining moment came...how blessed I am because of it.

      One of your finest, Bill....

      Sending you blessings and much positive energy on the wings of those precious Angels this evening ps

      Voted up++++ shared g+

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      I am not following you Bill. Honestly. :D

      You have all these comments because I left your wise words to catch up with all together, as I usually do.

      The hardest part is remembering that on our rolling journey even when the darkest day arrives, it will pass and a new and light day will always begin. Nothing lasts forever. Especially us!

      You encapsulated that fundamental truth perfectly.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Bill,

      I have been running all of my life.

      ; )Kim

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, good for the spirit indeed, my friend and yes, I laugh a lot. It beats the alternative. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, I love your practical wisdom. Nothing lasts forever. When I was younger, every problem felt like the weight of the world crushing me, and then lo and behold, I survived each of them, and moved forward, which is the only direction I know of, and it all worked out as it was supposed to.

      Thank you for following me today...and always.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Then Kim, you are still in the race, and what a race it has been. :)

      bill

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. What a wonderful read. We only get to live one life so we better be in the race and going like hell.

      Your poetry is very impressive. You are a man of many talents.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Bill. I can't take credit for the poetry...those are the lyrics for that song. I think I need to put them in quotes. :) Have a wonderful weekend.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      In a panic Bill - please extend the deadline...Maj

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A beautiful poem and life is what you make of it.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very very awesome. Too much enchanting and mesmerizing. You have done it so well- a combination of poetry, prose, sermon and everything that can be uttered in words. Thanks for creating such wonderful work.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wonderful wordplay and rhythm. Nice job, Bill.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This was very inspiring Bill and I love the wonderful poetry throughout. Well done.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Between your poetry and musings and the quotes from people such as Pope John XXIII, this was very inspirational to read this morning especially as I draw nearer to that expiration date number given...although we never truly know when our time is up. Most of us just do our best each day and hopefully learn from the past and still have our dreams for the future. Nice job on this one Bill!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Inspirational.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Its hard to write when I'm running, but I'll try. Damn this one's good. Your poetry is outstanding and of course, as you intended, fits perfectly with your thoughts and reflections. This is the top brother.

      I voted all, including funny, only because I wanted it to be a grand slam. Shared, pinned and Google+

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maj, consider it extended. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, DDE!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, you are too kind, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Zulma! Every once in a while the old man still has what it takes. LOL Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John! Fogelberg was an excellent wordsmith for sure.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Peggy! I prefer not to think about that expiration date. :) I appreciate your thoughts and kind words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much Flourish! Happy Weekend to you!

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      You are a master of language. I could read your words all day and never, and I mean, never get tired of them. Toby could do a great reading using this piece. Voted up, beautiful, awesome, useful and interesting.

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      Lesleysherwood 2 years ago

      I sure have missed your wisdom and experience of life Bill, let alone your talent and gifted writing techniques. What an encouraging inspiration you are for us all.

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      WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      This is a very good work, Bill, perhaps one of your best. I'm impressed.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Will, I am honored and humbled. Thank you very much, sir!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lesley, I've missed you being here and am quite happy you are back. Thank you for your kind words, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pop, that means a great deal to me....seriously...thank you from the bottom of this old heart. :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      More than once in a while and you know it. There is no need to fish for compliments. You get them by the boatload. lol. You have a great weekend as well. :D

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, my fishing days are over. I rarely believe in my talent. I need the input of friends to shine light on that which I do not see. :) Truth, my friend.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Believe in your talent, Sir. The rest of us do.

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      toknowinfo 2 years ago

      This is a nice combination of your natural talent and your wisdom. Thanks, I enjoyed reading this.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Zulma. I'm trying.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you toknowinfo...I appreciate it, my friend.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing the interesting thoughts and quotes, Bill. There's a lot to think about in your hub.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. I appreciate you always being here.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Positive and inspiring! Loved the poetic lines that you have penned. With our affirmation and participation miracles will definitely happen as you say!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur! I appreciate your positive feedback.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Indeed there is urgency there, for if we don't grab for the brass ring and the gusto, life will soon pass us by. A great motivational read!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Deb. Motivation is my middle name. LOL Actually it's Dale, but I think I like motivation more. :)

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I like positive and happiness in my life. Your hubs are motivational and informative.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am glad to hear that, DDE. Thank you so much.

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      Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

      Wow, this is great!! What truly nailed me is your statement about living 75 years...I am glad I'm not 74 LOL...I would really have to hustle. Your writings consistently have a hidden theme, "get going," "c'mon" "Just do it" and we, your hub family need that! Thank you for your continuous encouragement...you are one of the greatest writers ever, I really mean that. I am so blessed I joined HP - you continue to be a glad surprise from God. Blessings always Sparklea :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, if only I believed your praise. I have a long way to go to reach "great writer," but I'm willing to work towards that goal.

      Thank you dear friend. I'm sure glad you are in my corner.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Bill, I’ve run out of glowing adjectives to describe your motivational, creative and unique reflections. My apologies. I so look forward to reading them. Each time they appear, I rush to click open the article…like running for the roses. Thank you. :-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, I don't know what to say. You are so motivational for me, and supportive of me. I will try to never disappoint you. Thank you and blessings to you always.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Thumbs up to this amazing hub, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, vkwok. I was pretty happy with this one.

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