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The Horizons Of Our Lives: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on January 7, 2014

From the Beginning of Our Days

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.

Dale Carnegie

The horizons stretch before us, dazzling with possibilities, frightening with misgivings.

So much to see, so much to experience, so much to capture, ensnare, and make our own.

Wealthy the person who knows his own flight, the traveler who travels the length of his light, comfortable in his own skin and sure of each step, tossing aside doubts and boldly moving forward in eager anticipation of the next miraculous experience.

We begin with such hopes, such aspirations, such assuredness of success, first a crawl, then the initial awkward steps, then full gallop we go towards that light. We stumble, we bumble, we fall, rise, fall and rise again, never detoured, never discouraged, a constant dance of celebration as we forge a path of our own in this confusing, jumbled mess called life.

There is not a shred of doubt in those early years. Cheered on by loved ones, told of our unlimited potential, we push forward and upward, hanging just below the heavens and hovering far above hell. We are our own beacon to follow, a blinding light of hope, fueled by dreams and clueless of what lay ahead, a blissful ignorance with a time-stamped expiration date.

Follow the poets, follow the sages, follow the wisdom of the ages and stay with the quest as long as you can, for changes will happen, the fulcrum will shift, and the realities of old will take on a darker hue as the years progress.

Rocky paths await us at every turn.
Rocky paths await us at every turn. | Source

Muted Colors Appear

Choices are many and paths to take seemingly unlimited in number as we progress in life. Smooth paths, rocky paths, broken paths and dangerous paths, all awaiting us, all calling us, all offering rewards, thrills, chills and spills, like the carnival barker selling hopes and dreams to the unsuspecting fairgoers with coins in their pockets.

Pay the price for those choices; there are no free rides on this journey, for each choice demands payment and payment is due upon receipt. Some payments are easy; some last a lifetime; all change us in some way, and each change transforms further until we morph into something unrecognizable when compared to those earlier years.

Like steel in a forge we are hardened, like copper in a forge we are bent, and we come to realize that the storybook endings we once believed in never will appear, that they were just someone’s way of guiding us here, here to this place of doubt and hesitancy, fear and paralysis.

We wait for wisdom but it does not arrive. We wait for guidance, but what is guidance but the random musings of other travelers following their own paths. We wait, and we move forward slowly now, much more slowly, and we hope that the path, once so bright, will find illumination from some source soon.

We reason carefully, we search to no avail, somewhere there must be a constant in this maelstrom, a calm harbor in this raging sea, but the best we can hope for are a few uninterrupted hours of blessed sleep before the muted light of sun begins another day, and another, and another.

Storm clouds are forming
Storm clouds are forming | Source

Frightening Horizons

Storm clouds are forming, warm fronts and cold fronts joining to produce hell-bent fury where once calm skies were the norm. Tearful doubts now, our vision blurred and our eyes burning, so many emotions pour from pores as yearnings remain unanswered and we would pay a king’s ransom for those innocent years.

And we stand upon the edge, the fall one step beyond, and we raise our eyes to the heavens in search of answers, clues, just one damn inkling of what to do; and we cry in our sleep, tossing and turning, turning and tossing, all to no avail…..but then….

Then it comes, silently at first, a mere shadow, a spectral veil, fluttering on the periphery, almost too feint for us to notice, just a glimpse, just a hint of an answer, and we reach out with shaky fingers hoping to grasp it, hoping to grab hold as a drowning man snatches at the flotsam of a shipwreck.

Naked for all to see, stripped bare of pretense and finally, finally teachable, we look within for the answers that always awaited us.

Love shines through the storm clouds illuminating the path in life
Love shines through the storm clouds illuminating the path in life | Source

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
Lao Tzu

Our hearts become the vessels that will carry us to that distant light. Our hearts will illuminate the darkness and our hearts will slay the shadows that for so long have darkened the only path of any hope.

Yes we look within, and in so doing we discover that which has always been and always will be….the truth. Wisdom unlocks the cage. Compassion generates new hope. Empathy paves over the chuckholes and love lights the way.

Love lights the way!

It comes to all in time, special delivery or parcel post, it makes no difference the means of delivery, only that delivery does come, and when it comes it will leave you breathless, leave you satiated and heal those wounds inflicted on the broken paths.

There is no time schedule for its arrival, and attempts to force it are sure to fail, for love has its own rhythm, love has its own pace and love cannot be had for free. The price tag for love is living; the reward for living well is love; this is the riddle that must be solved in order to end the freefall that began so long ago.

Love lights the way!

And the horizons stretch before us, filled with hope.
And the horizons stretch before us, filled with hope. | Source

And We Begin Again

The horizons stretch before us, dazzling with possibilities but no longer frightening with misgivings, for love casts away those misgivings and leaves us with self-assurance and a trust in the natural flow of life. We are not alone with love. We never again have to face uncertainties in solitude. Choices become simpler and paths that were once strewn with boulders of doubt now show no impediments to our journey.

The carnival barkers will still bark their old song, tempting, cajoling, weaving lies with a pinch of truth, but we will now shake our heads and laugh at the folly of it all, for we have found the truth and it has nothing to do with two-headed ladies and fire-eating contortionists.

Such is life. From those early steps of childhood to the inevitable rattle of our breath as the final darkness falls, love is the light. It can never be extinguished, not as long as we are willing to accept it and, in return, give it.

The great floods of the past dug canyons, scoured landscapes and moved immovable objects, leaving behind a landscape that barely resembled that which once was. Such is life. We learn to flow with it. We learn to become one with it. We learn to hang on tight, ride its fury and rejoice when the energy is spent and the calm descends.

Our vessel on that journey is love.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

Dedicated to my good friend Ruby!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We will certainly arrive, Deb.....will we know when we do? :) Thank you as always my friend.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      There are many vessels, some of which lead in the same direction, and some to others. Well said, in the game of life, we each move kurt pieces to different rolls of the dice. Eventually, we all arrive.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, welcome my friend. I don't have much life left; I sure don't plan on wasting the time I do have. Cheers to you my friend, and thank you!

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. Another cracking observational hub today. You are right of course, life does indeed pass us by as we are planning what to do with it.

      Graham.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ziyena, it's always nice having you stop by. Troubling times indeed my friend. A little positive doesn't hurt anyone these days, does it? Thank you for the visit and nice words. I do appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok..I'll take amazing and inspiring any old day in a comment.

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      ziyena 3 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

      Bill

      I do always enjoy reading your person reflections. Your insight allows us all to breathe hope into troubling times, especially for me, with what is going on in our country today. Thanks for the enlightenment my positive friend :) UP

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for sharing this amazing, inspiring hub, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, thank you. This is the type of writing I love to do; now if I just had more time to do it. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, thank you. If I inspire then I am a grateful writer.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Inspiring and heartfelt. The light never leaves it just dims sometimes...then we find it again.

      Love is always, and always will be, the only answer. Excellent writing Mr Holland, I like your inspirational hubs very much. Beautiful storm cloud pictures as well.

      Anna :)

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      There's a lot of truth here. I found this hub inspiring & meaningful. thank you for sharing. voted up useful

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, your comment is a great piece of writing my friend. Beautiful words about love. All we can do is love the children. We can't protect them indefinitely...but they always know that love will be waiting for them in your arms and the arms of their parents.

      Thank you Ann!

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Yes, that hope and innocence of childhood is hard to hold on to. I find I'm revisiting it now, in my grandchildren's inquisitiveness, wonder at the world and unconditional love. I try to help them to hold onto that but the hurt returns when I see them experience even a little and they have to deal with it. However, the love remains, in them and in me and the joy is all the greater for all of us because we sustain each other.

      Love lifts us up where we belong!

      Great piece of writing, bill! Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mathira, thank you so much. If this inspired you then I am a very happy writer. :)

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      mathira 3 years ago from chennai

      billy, excellent perception about what life is all about. Yes, you are absolutely right. Story book endings never happen in true life. I found your hub very inspiring.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, I find great comfort in that. Thank you!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      A beautiful message. In the end, all we have is each other.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, it is my pleasure. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I'm glad you liked it.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Some of your thoughts are mine exactly; only you express them better. Thank you for walking me through my own emotions.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Randi! I always appreciate you finding the time to visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ah, Jo, you and I followed similar paths in our youth. No, I wouldn't do it differently; what I learned back then served me well for today and I was able to recognize true happiness once I found it. :) Life is good my friend.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John! Greatly appreciated.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Beautiful! Thank you!

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

      Bill, this is outstandingly beautiful and so very inspiring. We take so much for granted, always looking for fulfillment somewhere beyond our horizon, but often what we seek is right within our reach. In my youth I wanted it all, and I went out and lived my life to the full, I found excitement, adventure, love and pain, it was worth every moment, but now I've found my safe harbour and I relish it more because I also knew the raging sea. Keep up the good work, my best as always.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great hub Bill, every word so true. Yes, when all is said and done, "Love is the light."

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bobbi, you brought a smile to my face at the end of this writing day. Thank you so much. No, Ruby is one of us...always exploring on HP....she is so good about commenting on my "how to write" hubs even though she could care less, so I thought I would dedicate this one to her. Thank you my friend. I hope all is well with you.

      bill

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      PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

      Hi Bill,

      WOW! I voted up+++, you made my heart sing as I climbed and soared with your words that reached the stars and took me on a mind-blowing journey and finally I returned to our beautiful earth.

      This was astounding, and I think one of your best, and you have so many that are brilliant. And, I hope I do not find out that your good friend Ruby is one of your pet hens. HA!

      Friend,

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Bill. I hope you are warm and dry my friend; this has been one hell of a winter for you folks.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bill, you warmed my cold and dark New England day with a beautiful creation. Not a day goes by that I am not thinking about the people around me and planning all the places I want to go. The time to make things happen is now. Have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Writer Fox, that is high praise considering how much I enjoyed Tuesdays with Morrie. Thank you for that compliment.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nadine, what a beautiful and poetic comment. Thank you my writing friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sheila! I've got about one of these in me per week and it's nice to know that they are appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Cyndi, when you figure out how to make that happen without money please let me know. I'll book tickets at the same time. :) And right now I am quite content thank you very much. :)

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      What an inspiration on a dreary January day! This reminds me of 'Tuesdays with Morrie', except that it's Tuesday with Billy! Enjoyed immensely and voted up.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Your writing is again flowing like clear water after a gentle rain, streaming over moss covered boulders, gently following its path, refreshing and still purposeful. Thank you.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      Is it prose? Is it poetry? Is it something in between? I believe the writing is something in between prose and poetry and definitely your own unique style. It's also very powerful and inspirational. Thank you for my daily dose of inspiration from my friend billybuc!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      "If you are depressed, you're living in the past. If you're anxious, you're living in the future. If you're content, you're living in the present."

      This whole hub read like a poem, but it's utterly true. If you really want to do something, you have to make it happen: now. (Now, if I could just figure out how to make it to Spain, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, New Zealand and Scotland in the next few years...butcha know? I might just have to make it happen anyway. LOL. Money or not. ;)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, Buscaglia was a huge influence on my writing and my philosophy about life. It's so nice to know someone else who appreciated him as much as I did. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, you did say Happy New Year and I return it to you. Interesting you mentioned Tennyson, one of my favorite poets. You are either very insightful or plain lucky. LOL As for the weather, I would say forty of our fifty states are freezing their jewels off right now....and you are just trying to stay afloat. Strange winter my friend. Stay safe and dry...and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dianna. Some of my hubs even I like...this was one of them.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, thank you Sir! I appreciate your words greatly. Stay warm and safe my friend.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I was pleased to see one of my favorite life coaches, Leo Buscaglia. I remember him saying one time, something along these lines: “Love won’t drop through the ceiling of your living room, as you’re sitting there, wishing you had love. So….get up!” This is the same wisdom and humor I see in much of your writing, and this wonderful hub sparkles with it! Thank you for being here. :-)

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      Alan R Lancaster 3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      This is you in one of your philosophical turns, innit Bill. To be honest it reads more Tennyson-esque, a bit like the six hundred with cannons to left and right of them. I should think all the heart can do in your neck of the woods is fight the cold with liberal doses of tomato soup or beef broth.

      Over this way we're all drying out our socks, watching the mist rise over the radiators and the rain streaking the windows. Spare a thought for them wading up to their ankles - or knees even - in sludgy river water, and I'll think on you over there up to your armpits in snow.

      Did I say 'Happy New Year'?

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Love conquers all! What a great way to refresh one's view of life and to learn that it is this value that lasts over a lifetime.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Hi Bill,

      From practical to philosophical - I am discovering the entire range of moods and messages in your articles.

      And the final sentence is indeed a jewel.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, thank you. I don't think you saw my comment yesterday but I dedicated this one to you....because you appreciate the beauty and wonder of life.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, the day I don't have choices to make will be the day I'm lowered into the ground. I refuse to think I am helpless, just being tossed around by life and learning to deal with it. I am better than that and so are you my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I attempted to click beautiful and awesome twice, but of course it wouldn't click. If this piece doesn't inspire anyone, they didn't read it. You capture life so well with our up's and down's, then our reflection's of the journey and finally calmness arrives. Thank you for writing about the horizons of our life. Beautiful Bill..

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      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      As I read this article, I was taken on a journey through my own life, and realized that I do still have choices. There have been moments recently when I felt like I was riding a wave of consequences and that there were no more choices to make, but you have opened a window for me here and helped me to see that yes, I do have choices, and it is up to me to make the best of them. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith. It was nice having lunch with you my dear. Let's do it more often. :)

      blessings always

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Beautiful, reflective piece of writing here, especially to enjoy while on my lunch break! The sooner we all start allowing our hearts to love others, the sooner our lives really begin! Up and more and sharing. Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I can't think of a better place to spend my Tuesday than bouncing around inside your head. It's warm and cozy in here. :)

      Thank you kind friend. I'm just a guy with a few things to say; trying to be the best writer and best person I can be. It's a full-time job for sure, but I feel good about the path I'm on.

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      You have been bouncing around in my head again, haven't you?

      Bill, your words ring so true.

      You have much wisdom for a mortal man.

      You have much insight for a retired teacher.

      You have much dedication for a writer.

      You have an incredible following

      because people recognize the real thing.

      You hold something tangible for which

      most of the people in the world are searching.

      Keep writing, Bill, for there are legions of us

      needing to hear your words.

      Thank you,

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE...we are word craftsmen, and putting words together is what we do. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks Eddy! I love this message and never get tired of writing about it....love is the answer my friend, and it is love I send to you from Olympia.

      love,

      billy

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      BNadyn, thank you very much. I love your comment...love lights the way indeed. Wishing you a loving day my friend.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Always an awesome read form you, the way you put words together to make your work noticed is most interesting.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      I am sat after completing my second daily shift at work and what a wonderful read I was faced with. Again and again I praise you as a teacher Billy and you inspire not just me but most of HubPages as well it seems to me. Thank you over and over ;this one I vote up, across and share.

      Lots of love from my little corner of Wales my dear friend.

      Eddy.

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      What an important message about love and finding our way. We all have our ups and downs, fighting our own battles every day but love and hope is key to getting us to where we need to be and discovering the light within the darkness. Inspiring words and thoughts, as always. Thanks for sharing!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So very important, Joelle, to find that person who will support you through the hard times. I'm glad you found that husband of yours, and I have no doubt he would say the same thing about you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you and me both my friend. I would not be here if it were not for love.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I think love in a family can take all kind of shapes and forms but the most important message that we can give to our children is believing in their dreams. Believing is part of love.

      As a child, there was not a lot of love in my family... but I was lucky enough to have a met my husband when I was 18... and we try our best to be supportive for each other and also in our children. Without love it's hard to go forward! Love gives hope :-)

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      After reading this, I realize I've always had love in my life. I can honestly say I've never felt lost or destitute or without direction. I've not waited for the light to shine because it's been shining since the day I was born. Oh sure, I've had my ups and downs, but I never doubted all would be well. The light is within me and all around me. I see it and feel it every day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, your family is the personification of love. Whatever you and Kevin are doing, keep it up.

      Thank you as always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joelle, thank you for a great comment and reflection of your own. I don't think you will be disappointed by Buscaglia. He really was a marvelous man and writer and I miss his spirit now that he has passed on.

      blessings to you always

      bill

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, I very much agree it is all about love. Essentially it is the love we have to offer and the love we receive. I truly feel blessed myself for all the love around from my husband, kids, family and friends, too. So, yes I truly agree about this and just thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day now, as always.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Indeed profound and inspiring! When we have a dream and if we believe enough in it, we absolutely have to go after it. May be when people are younger they get discouraged more easily. It doesn't mean that if we have a dream, we can reach it easily. I know that my path is not straight like an arrow; I have twists and turns and I also had to turn back a few times... but it's life. Another important thing to be able to follow our dream is to have some "cheerleaders". If your close family and your friends don't believe in your dream, it's hard to arrive at the final destination. I must say I feel blessed to have my husband and my children believing in what I do :-)

      Since a while, I am not buying any new "paper" books because I know that I want to transition to electronic books. You mentionned several times the book of Leo Buscaglia, Bill and I just received a reader from my Santa :-) .... so I think I will put this book on my wish list for electronic books.

      Thank you for sharing your wisdom, Bill! Have a great day!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Michael my friend!

      And once again you summed it all up perfectly. I appreciate you taking the time to read my prose, and I hope your day progresses nicely.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, high praise my friend, and I am very grateful. Thank you so much and have a love-filled day.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Good morning Bill.

      All beauty and wisdom of your superbly fine article sums up in quotation " Being deeply loved by someone... " and so we are! This universal never changing unconditional love is available and reachable for anyone to choose. Once accepted an received it nourishes love within any ego, strengthenes and encourages continually to love while never looking back on our journey of narrow road toward the finish line.

      Up, awesome ,beautiful, interesting.

      Have a blessed week, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pollyannalana, now that you mention it I can see why you would. Now I'll be humming that song all day. Thanks a lot! LOL

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

      It is as though each paragraph here is to be cut and pasted for an hour's reflection. Some of the best writing I have ever had the pleasure to read. Let love be the vessel that only our courage can carry.

      e

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      Pollyannalana 3 years ago from US

      Great writing friend, I thought of the Captain and Tennille song all the way through it!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you David. I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you are well as well.

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      David Warren 3 years ago from Nevada

      Profound and inspiring! Couldn't think of a better way to start my day than having read this. Hope all is well and that you have a great day!