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The Lives We Lead: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on April 24, 2013

SWEET MELANCHOLY

All changes are more or less tinged with melancholy, for what we are leaving behind is part of ourselves.

Amelia Barr

That quote is so profound that I wish I had said it first.

I have never feared change. I know some people do but truthfully, I have always embraced change as though it were a new lover, warm and sensuous, arousing me with possibilities I have yet to experience. True, that new lover may eventually break my heart, but always there is an overriding sense of adventure and mystery that accompanies change for me.

As I reflect upon change I realize that many times I am left with a feeling of sadness, and perhaps the aforementioned quote explains that feeling of sadness perfectly. When change occurs, a portion of my old existence is left behind, so there really is a sense of mourning as well as arousal, the two-headed creature of opposing perspectives.

I look back on my sixty-four years and I see decades of mourning and arousal, mourning and more arousal, for life is truly a never-ending cornucopia of change. From the small, insignificant changes to the blow-your-socks off changes, we are an ongoing metamorphosis.

An old mentor of mine once told me that life is a classroom and we are the students. There is no grading system in this classroom. There is only pass and fail.

But how do we pass, or how do we fail, I asked him?

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Run For The Roses

ONE CHANCE MADE UP OF THOUSANDS OF CHANCES

No individual has any right to come into the world and go out of it without leaving behind him distinct and legitimate reasons for having passed through it.

George Washington Carver

For some reason I am reminded of a song by Dan Fogelberg called “Run For The Roses.” In it he says this is the “chance of a lifetime in a lifetime of chance.” God I love that line! Does that sum up life or what?

Every single day we are presented with new opportunities. Every single day we make choices and decisions that affect our lives and the lives of others. Think about that for a moment. There are no random, isolated decisions. Each decision carries with it ramifications and as such it is important and yet, despite the importance of our choices and decisions, we treat many of them as though they don’t matter. We slide through life on cruise control, weaving and bumping, stopping and starting, and never realize the impact we could have if we focused on the bigger picture.

What will your legacy be after you are dead and buried? To borrow from George Washington Carver, what are the legitimate reasons for you having passed through life?

Perhaps it is because I am adopted. Perhaps it is because my birth mother could have said “to hell with it” and gotten an abortion, but instead chose to give me life. Perhaps it is because I almost died six years ago, and perhaps it is the culmination of all those things and more, but I have an incredible appreciation for life. My senses are finely attuned to the breathing of this world, and I savor every single opportunity I get to make a difference and leave a legacy that I can be proud of.

I do not float through life. I have done that and I refuse to waste anymore time. I love manual transmissions in cars. I love to change gears and hear the engine purring. I love to downshift and then work my way through the gears and release all the horses and feel their hooves pounding and the vibrations flowing through my body.

I know some people who would rather see their horses at the Petting Zoo and affectionately pat them on the head. Not me! I want to be on that magnificent beast and I want to whisper in his ear “GALLOP” and let’s find out if today is the day….if this hour is the hour….when I will make my mark on this life.

Loving Others

HOW DO WE PASS AND HOW DO WE FAIL?

Do you know the answer to that question yet?

Have you led a good life? Have you left a mark that shines with humanness or a mark that has the dull sheen of apathy? Have you accumulated riches and possessions at the cost of others, or are you rich without a penny to your name but respected by all who know you?

Have you exhibited compassion and empathy during your lifetime, illuminating the stage of your life, or have you chosen selfishness and stayed in the shadows where gray is bright and black is the norm within your heart?

Have you given love freely or hoarded over it, hoping it will gain value while tucking it safely away and never releasing it? How foolish that would be, for although your love is a precious thing, it only gains value if it is available to others.

Do you have any idea what a rare gift you have been given? With your gift you can create happiness in this world. With your gift you can bring smiles to faces and glows to hearts. Are you doing that, or are you at the Petting Zoo hoping the Shetland will wander by for a pat?

I liken it to a recluse who has twenty different travel magazine subscriptions, but never leaves his apartment to experience firsthand the wonders of this world. Are you tucked safely away in your fortress, safe but oh so incomplete?

How do we pass?

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A Moment With Bill: Shoulda Coulda Woulda

GRAB LIFE BY THE SHORT HAIRS AND HANG ON

Time is running out! Can you hear the clock ticking? How much more time do you think you have? One month? One year? Ten years? We don’t know, do we, and yet we treat each day as though we have an unlimited supply. It’s high time we stop wasting what precious time we have left and start building that legacy and leaving our mark.

I’m not talking about a Donald Trump kind of legacy where self-worth is measured by the number of toys one has accumulated. Rather, I am talking about a legacy built upon a solid foundation of love for others. Find joy in the knowledge that you have helped others. Find joy in the fact that this world is a better place because you walked upon it, and people will miss you when you are gone because of the gifts you bestowed during your time here. If you can draw your last breath knowing that mankind has been served by your time here, then you will have passed the final test and you will be declared the winner in this game called Life.

The time for your awakening is now. Not tomorrow, or the next day, or when it feels right; the time is now!

Quit making excuses and start upon a path of action. Stop cringing in the face of obstacles and start knocking those obstacles down. Stop listening to those who say you are unworthy or that you don’t have what it takes, and prove them all wrong.

The time is now! Today is the day you build a new legacy, and today is the day you shout to the world, at the top of your lungs, that you are a force to be reckoned with and you will not go quietly into the eternal sleep without having given your legitimate reasons for passing through this life.

Blessings to you all.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Blessing to you too and great message to not take life for granted. I try each day to take it as it comes and enjoy as much as I can. So with you on this one and thanks as always Bill. Voted and shared, as I always do!!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Good morning, Bill!

      Incredible!

      Yes, I've dared to use that trite and over-employed adjective because, quite frankly, this hub leaves me stuck in writer's Alzheimer's.

      You have this gift of drawing us into your parlor and speaking to us with this unique writer's voice of yours so that each and every individual in this collective audience has a front row seat.

      I would love to see the day when you take the billybuc hubs on a contemporary Will Rogers (Sr. and Jr.) kind of speaking circuit. Audience members would be picked at random to give you a one-word topic. Faster than the speed of light, you would then present a one-hour lecture (or longer, depending on the level of mesmerism Bev has helped you pack in your lunchbox that day).

      You're like Robin Williams, except on quaaludes, adept at improvisation that brilliantly makes its point, to the greater surprise of its author/speaker than to the audience. They expect nothing less, you see, whereas you risk everything every moment you take pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, voice to microphone...daring to legitimize your hall pass through life. Thank you for always, always, always daring to take these gargantuan risks, Bill! Aloha, my friend, and please do have a nice one!

      Joe

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Hard act to follow here. Change...We moved many times in the past 27 years..and now not going to anymore..and that does make me a little sad. I love change and I have enjoyed new friends and experiences..But alas a price...we left those friends...Anyway I love my life now..and look forward to each day. This was such a good take on life as it is...As always an excellent job in sharing your feelings.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, thank you as always for being first to comment. You have such a rich life ahead of you, watching the girls grow up, spending time with your loving husband....a lifetime of memories and they are happening each and every day. Be blessed and happy my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, I swear, I'm going to write a book of just your comments. Often times your comments are the equal of any hub I read that day. This is a classic....Robin Williams on quaaludes??? LOL I almost spit up my coffee on that one.

      Thank you so much. I love to write. My brain overflows with ideas, and everything I see lately reminds me of something else to write about. I love reaching out to people and I love their reaching out to me. What a great interchange of ideas and thoughts we have here on HP.

      And I am grateful that I found you my friend. A kindred spirit in Walla Walla. Who would have thought it possible? LOL

      Thank you buddy and Aloha to you. Enjoy this northwest sunshine.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, a great reflection of your own and thank you for that. I write these types of hubs just for comments like yours, to point out that we all feel the same things during life....we just aren't that different, are we?

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      Dancing Water 4 years ago

      I can add nothing more wise, astute, beautiful than what you have expressed here, Bill. Excellent writing, as always, full of vivid images__and of course, a vital message that we all need to hear and heed moment to moment. You are a dynamo of positive energy, dear friend!

      Blessings today and always,

      Reba

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I used to think that if I could only find the right job, make the right amount of money, and live in the perfect place, then life would really begin. Only recently did I discover that life is made up of small moments throughout each day. I have to share this quotation by Emerson I keep on my wall:

      "To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch . . . to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!"

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      Bill, this is a beautiful hub full of hope and strength. You continue to inspire, my friend. Too many of us hold back for any number of reasons but it's never too late to set sail into the unknown, whether it be new places in the world or new places in the heart and mind.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Reba, a dynamo am I? :) I love that description and thank you. You know, if you were to meet me, it's not like I act like this bubbly person overflowing with positive vibes....you might not even pick me out of a crowd....but talk to me, and you will hear these words. I believe in humanity, and I want us to rise to a new level. Is that too much to ask?

      Blessings my dear friend. You are too kind to me.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, is that a great quote or what? I have heard it before but I had forgotten about it. Thank you for the reminder and it is the perfect comment to this hub.

      Sending you a hug of friendship my Hippie, Dunedin Dynamo.

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, first I must say I think this is the best piece you've written yet. Your use of words is melodic and full of rainbows.

      I love Dan Fogelberg's line "it's high time you joined in the dance". That's what life's all about. Being a part of life and bringing life to your part. Get up and dance! The enthusiasm and joie de vivre will be contagious. Others will get up and dance with you.

      Love life. Love yourself. Love others and Life will shine!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Brilliant hub! Did this move anyone to tears, or am I the only fool getting emotional reading about leaving the past and changes, LOL! I don't mind changes and I do take it by the horn..... But going back and thinking about it sometimes makes me feel nostalgic.

      Really enjoyed it, Billy. Very inspiring as always. Thanks for sharing these moments with us, my friend! Take care. :)

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Changes happen mostly unexpectedly if you plan on a change then life would be much easier to cope with the unexpected change makes you feel sad at times I have been through many changes so glad you are up for a change and never fear change thanks for sharing such courageous words here.

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Hello and good day to you my online mentor :) I know that there are probably more than a few of us here that feel a kindred spirit with you. I feel the same about change; it's almost and adrenaline rush. I wish I could write as well as you do, so down to earth and easy going. Thank you! Voted up, +'ed and pinned :)

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      Dennis L. Page 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Voted up and ++++, along with sharing with all. First of all, I applaud your choice in Dan Fogelberg and the line in his song. That is most definitely a true statement about life.

      Life is a journey with many mistakes made along the way. Some learn from their failures or bad behavior and take the steps necessary to change and unfortunately, some do not. I am always sad when I see an obituary that simply gives a name, date of death, who the survivors are and that is it. So, that is their life, summed up in a quarter of an inch.

      My wife and I say, "You live and you die. However, what you do in between is what makes the difference." Of course, there are those who go through life, nose to the air, believing they are better and live stellar lives compared to others. Well, if it appears they're walking on water think again. They just happen to know where the rocks are, if you get my meaning. In other words, things aren't always as they seem.

      Thank you BB for yet another thought and soul searching article.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alex! Aren't you going to Puerto Rico soon? Now that will be an adventure and it reinforces the message in this hub. Anyway, I appreciate you stopping by and I know you understand this article very well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, my best piece? Wow! Thanks! I felt pretty good about this one. It has a couple phrases that pleased me and made me think that just maybe I can actually write. LOL

      Love your spirit and love you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lizzie! If it brought you to tears then I am one happy writer. LOL Seriously, my goal is to reach inside of the reader and bring out emotions and reflections, so your comment pleases me greatly.

      And no, you aren't the only one...Bev cried when I read it to her. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, I love your comment. Never fear change....instead, I look at change as a new experience, one to be savored and enjoyed. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tiger, you brought a smile to my face. I like to think we are all mentors for each other, but thank you for your kind words. You are a very good writer and you will become an excellent writer. Just keep believing in yourself, and enjoy the heck out of those upcoming changes. :) Thank you dear lady, and good day to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pages, you said it all my friend. I love your line about knowing where the rocks are, and things not being as they seem. How very true! As for what we do between being born and dying....I'm going to get my maximum value out of this thing called life, and I hope you do as well. Thank you for a great comment.

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      That was a truly great hub, full of wisdom.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok....this one I felt good about. :)

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      Kristen Mazzola 4 years ago from South Florida

      Wonderful reflection Bill! Thanks for sharing this! Voted up like it deserves!! :) Take care my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you khmazz...much-appreciated my friend.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      What a moving, vivid reflection! Your writing is so full of life. Thank you for sharing this.

      I like change too...it does bring that feeling of a "little death" but in a good-pain way.

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      Annie Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      In my life my emotions have run the gamut when it comes to change. Normally, I love change and can always find something positive to embrace.

      Then, there are those times when, without my approval or desire, changes come along. Eventually I give in and accept, but there are those few (sometimes a very long few) moments when I resent and bluster, carp and deny.

      I take comfort that even before JC, change was a topic discussed by philosophers:

      Change is the only constant in life. ~ Heraclitus 12.30.0534 - 12.31.0474

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great hub and great writing. I love the quotes you have within this hub also. They really make me pause and think. I also love the horse analogy. I tend to be that way also -- I am always ready to gallop off on the next project or life experience. You write the most thoughtful and thought provoking hubs. Thank you for sharing this with us. We all need to think about what the point of being here and being alive is.

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      DJ Anderson 4 years ago

      Bill, you have more spunk than a mouse selling cheese at a cat convention!

      Your words are pure gold. We here at HP soak up every kernel of knowledge that you bring to us. You are a caring, giving, and kind person. Your efforts are appreciated more than you might ever know.

      I have read through the comments. So many takes on the same subject.

      But, all end with a heart felt thanks given to you.

      Great Hub, super information, by an amazing man.

      Thank you,

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lurana, I like that...little death in a good-pain way. You must be a writer. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Annie, I will kick and scream at times, too, all the while knowing that freedom, for me, comes with acceptance and embracing the change. :) I'm still learning my friend.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Suzette, for the high praise. I felt good about this hub. The writing flowed from somewhere deep within....I love it when that happens. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I love it...mouse selling cheese...great line.

      And wonderful words of praise my friend. Thank you! I love writing....and love helping others....what a high I get each and every day. :)

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      LKMore01 4 years ago

      Bill,

      Something told me to sign on to the HUB when I got home and I'm so glad this amazing gift of a HUB was here to read. This is absolutely my favorite article you have written and I really love your work. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LK, your comment brought a smile to my face. Thank you for the gift you just gave me. :) I hope you are well my friend.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Well said, bill

      Life sure gives us many choices each day. I am aware of it, and let go the harness cause controlling the choice we want...will not be a guarantee that we will get it. Alas!!

      Let go and live with no expectations.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, easier said than done, but you are correct. Those expectations will mess things up if we let them.

      Thanks for the comment; you definitely have your eyes on what is important.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      We really should not take one moment in this life for granted, as we may not have another to take!

      Great insight here, Bill!

      Thanks for sharing your heart.

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, we should really set out to do what we envision and not take things for granted. Well said!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michelle! It's always nice to have you visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I know you understand this as well as anyone. Seize the day my friend, and no regrets. :)

      Thank you and blessings to you always

      bill

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Billy,

      I love the message and George Washington Carver's quote is so fitting. What is the point of living if we do nothing more than simply exist.

      "Everyone who lives dies, but not everyone who dies has lived". You are all about living with a purpose, yet appreciating the simpler things. Loved this!

      Cat

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this.The glories of my past is what keeps me going now.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      For sure. Wake up and smell the roses and get high on the connection to others.

      My mantras are many ...I guess there is so much to treasure for me....do not miss today, every minute of every day is a gift. And, reaching out to others enlarges life for all involved.

      Time marches on and it goes with or without us making the most of it, for sure.

      Embracing today and the opportunity it holds is intoxicating.

      You my friend, please continue to remind each and everyone of us to grab our piece of each day and make it count!!!

      Sending Angels and blessings to you :) ps

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Right on!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      A legacy of love and not physical acquisitions that will forever leave a mark in the hearts! What a beautiful message, Bill. And we have just this life, the human form we are in, that can do it.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I'm sitting here thinking of what would happen if you and Joe collaborated on a book...can you imagine! But, back to the hub at hand. “...chance of a lifetime in a lifetime of chance.” I have to agree, that is a fabulous quote and should be "written on the subway walls and tenement halls". Bill, you lead us to such depths and heights and make your readers question themselves.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Billy - You are so right...life is about change. We can accept the changes and gleam the best out of them or fight and kick...either way, change is a part of life. I believe age and maturity make us fully realize the importance of grasping life by the hairs, gaining the most you can out of the journey. I was blessed with two parents who had the same attitude you do and I am better for it. Change isn't always pleasurable, many times changes rip your heart out and hit you in the core, but you do learn from it and grow from it.

      I remember crying to my Mom when I was leaving Junior High heading into High School. I did not want the change, was terrified of it. She clearly showed me that change is necessary, that life was constantly evolving. She was so right. I am thankful my parents taught me the importance of accepting change rather than burying my head in the sand. It was the lesson of accepting change that helped me sustain through lifes later changes i.e. losing loved ones, losing a job, divorce. Imagine the catastrophe had I not learned how to roll with these changes.

      Love,

      Beckie XO

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Cat! This is a hub I feel good about and it's because of the message. We don't have time to waste in this lifetime. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Martin, may you keep going and going and going. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, there is no time to waste my dear. Too bad the young don't realize that fact....I fear they will have to reach middle age before it hits them....they ain't getting any younger.

      Thank you PS, and may you have a fabulous day.

      Blessings and a hug are yours,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, those two words say it all and I thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Times a wasting, Rajan. So much to accomplish and so little time to do it in. I for one am going to make my time count, as I know you will too. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I can't shut the teacher in me off. LOL I keep thinking I'm in front of a classroom passing down lessons....and they are so well-received by you and others. Thank you for sitting in my classroom on this Thursday morning.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, what a beautiful example of what this hub is all about. Thank you for sharing your personal experience and reflections. I was taught to keep moving forward and learn from every change....and it has served me well my friend. I couldn't have survived the past without that lesson.

      We had some pretty cool parents, didn't we? I'm glad you still have your mother my dear.

      love,

      billy

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Beautiful! Embrace change, initiate it, seek it! Too many people spend their time on the shoulda, woulda, couldas. Thank you for sharing this, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, it is so important for us to grab each moment and wring the life out of it....if not now, when????

      Thank you my dear! Have a great day.

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      It is obvious you have had a lot of life experiences to have such insights. I agree with you, change is not something I have avoided and life has been full of wonderful, tough, trying and unforgettable times because I went for it. As always, enjoyable read!!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Nothing in our earthly endeavor should be taken for granted. After all, we could be around again, another time, another place. One never knows. As it is said that the meek will inherit this earthliness, I think we'll best live up to it if we do what is right and respect people and our stomping grounds.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Billy,

      Ain't that the truth!?

      :-)

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      The older we get, Bill, the faster that time seems to go. We have to make the best of each moment and like the famous quote says though I can't remember who said it: "Dance like no one is watching!"

      Thanks for this outstanding reminder.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, it is indeed. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I don't remember either but it's a great line. Wish I had thought of it first. :) Thanks so much for another visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pickles, good for you. Quite frankly I am just not wired properly to let things slide by. I have to find out what it would be like if......

      Thank you my friend. It's always good to see you pop up here.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, truer words were never written my friend, and I try to live that way daily. I know you do as well...probably explains why I consider you a friend. :)

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Note to drbj -- The Widipedia article about him says that William W. Purkey ended his speeches with: "You've gotta' dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like there's nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on earth. (And speak from the heart to be heard.)”

      Good advice. I think it and billybuc express a similar spirit, though he might say it's not heaven on earth but it might be if we share loving kindness.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Never keep the teacher in you silent. He has a lot to teach us and we are very eager students. :D

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, thanks for finding the source of that quote and indeed, I agree with the spirit of it...do all things with love. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, I hope the teacher in me never dies....as long as he doesn't sound like a preacher. :) Thank you my friend and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Billy... Bravo... so well put... feel sorry for yourself well do something. There are times when life can be overwhelming and we need to reach out for help and hopefully it is there for us.

      For those of us who have found the bottom all there is left is to begin the long slow climb back. It teaches as we climb, teaches us to be more aware of where we have come from and be ever so grateful for what is ahead.

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rolly, you summed it up perfectly. I am the man I am today because of the hard lessons earned and learned...and I wouldn't trade it all for anything.

      Thank you and blessings to you my friend.

      bill

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Very nicely put, there is no grading system in this class there is only pass or fail. As you say we must grab and hang on come what may. Great inspirational write. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur! I have no doubt that you are passing the test of life.

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