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The Magical Mystery Tour Of Life: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on November 30, 2014

“Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour. Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour.
Roll up (and that's an invitation), roll up for the mystery tour.
Roll up (to make a reservation), roll up for the mystery tour.
The magical mystery tour is waiting to take you away,
Waiting to take you away.
Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour.
Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour.
Roll up (we've got everything you need), roll up for the mystery tour.
Roll up (satisfaction guaranteed), roll up for the mystery tour.
The magical mystery tour is hoping to take you away.”

Is Hoping to Take You Away

I should have died.

Both feet were on the precipice, and only the slimmest of threads was holding me back from the unforgiving darkness. I had been found guilty of excessive hubris, the verdict was death, and the executioner was standing at the ready, smugness etched across his face as he prepared to put one more notch in this belt.

But I cheated him that day, and for the past seven years I have been the little kid in the candy shop, tasting all the sweets, and wondering why there are so few standing in line with me waiting for the next delectable morsel of this thing we call life.

Do you know what you are missing? Do you have any idea? Do you even care?

So many dead people walking
So many dead people walking

I See Dead People

Everywhere I go and that’s a fact! Walking downtown with my wife; going to the grocery store; at the movies and restaurants and the park and the convenience store; everywhere I look there are dead people.

The light has gone from their eyes. There is no joy. There are no smiles. There is not a glimmer of hope or enjoyment, and I find that remarkable, and sad, and I want to grab them and shake them and scream in their faces DON’T YOU KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE?

One chance! That’s what we all have, one chance comprised of fifty, sixty, seventy years, comprised of months and weeks and days and hours and minutes, and when they are all gone there are no do-overs, no mulligans, no oops….

There is only darkness, and hopefully in that darkness there is no spiritual equivalent of longing for the what ifs and the shoulda, coulda, woulda waltz, for that longing would be painful indeed for many who ignored the gift…ignored the opportunities…ignored the joy that awaited them each and every day that they were alive.

Why can’t they see?

Trials and Tribulations

We all have them; some worse than others. Physical handicaps, emotional roller-coasters, abuse, neglect, rejection and dejection; ignored here, slapped there, tied into a painful knot and unraveled to blow in the wind; yes, we all have them.

A mountain of debt, an ocean of betrayal, a desert of opportunities. Shaken, not stirred…bitten, not kissed….rode hard and put away wet….yes, we all have them and yes, some worse than others.

I knew a guy in Alcoholic’s Anonymous, what we call a short-timer because he was constantly going back out to test the alcoholic waters…anyway, he told me once that I would drink too if I had his problems.

And a paraphrase of those words of wisdom could be said by any of the dead people I previously mentioned in this article….you would be sad and miserable too if you had their problems.

And yet there are some out there who have ‘those’ problems and still see the joy in life.

What’s up with that?

See the wonder in life
See the wonder in life

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory

The glory of life my friends. Mine eyes have seen the glory.

Been there, done that, could write the book on it and I ain’t going back again. Where am I talking about?

I’m not riding the Pity Potty Express ever again. Don’t book me into the Sad Sack Bed & Breakfast. I’ve tasted their wares and nothing beats home cookin’ for this boy, and home cookin’ is all about love my friends, love of ourselves and love of others, and if you’ve got love then life looks good no matter what crap fan is blowing on you.

It’s all about perspective, baby, and a one-armed shit-kicker looks pretty good in the Land of the Legless, and this shit-kicker has never had it so good, but none of it would be so…none of it would have come to fruition…if all I concentrated on was the garbage. It’s pretty easy to smell the decay in a garbage dump when you are the one with a shovel, continually digging for the worst. It’s pretty easy to see the worst that life has to offer when your vision is so myopic as to render you nearly color blind.

“Red is gray and
Yellow white
But we decide
Which is right
And
Which is an Illusion”

And we decide which is right….we decide!

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Postive In/positive Out

And therein lies the secret….we can choose.

We can choose to see vibrant colors or see grays and whites. We can choose to see opportunities or roadblocks to success. We can choose to be lovable or forever walk through the sludge of solitude and yes, we can choose whether to embrace this beautiful gift we have been given, or forever walk a path of darkness and despair.

Yes there are those who are clinically depressed and yes, there are those who have other psychological impediments that make it impossible to choose happiness, but for the 99.5% of us who have no such problem, this boils down to choice.

You can make a typhoon out of a glass of water, or you can drink that life-giving nectar and go forth with a new mission, a mission that ends with you finding joy in life, and embracing the unlimited possibilities you have been given.

In truth I did die seven years ago, and I was then reborn, and today I thrive in a world of my choosing, a world of beautiful hues and wondrous vibrations. I can feel the rhythm of life all around me, and I have plugged into that rhythm and I’m dancing to the beat, baby, and my feet are tireless transports to my own personal candy shop and damn, I gotta tell ya, those candies have never tasted so sweet.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      Interesting and good for me to read today. One of those days that things have piled up..Nothing life threatening or an threatening..Just some serious disappointments in people, writing etc...No need to pontificate about them. It is another day, and things will change as they usually do. It does seem these things come in groups..so it is hard to catch your emotional breath. However, reading this has lent a new perspective to my feelings today. Sometimes I write down all the things that bother me and check back in a week..I find some don't bother me, others have passed and some have been solved. So we know know life is a continual changing motion. Glad you have risen from what was..and keep moving forward.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, it does seem that they come in groups....like a tidal wave of all that could go wrong....and then you wake up one day and all is right again. Thank God we are flexible. :) I hope your day improves, Carol, and thank you!

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      First off than you Bill, I am now listening to The Magical Mystery Tour (love The Beatles-always have and are in my iTunes) and this really was so uplifting, but then again wouldn't expect anything less from you. Here is wishing you a glorious day now!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, it would be hard to listen to that song and not be in a good mood. :) Thank you for your kind words and loyalty....you are greatly appreciated, Janine.

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

      I did not realize but but but -- I have been needing more inspiration and less teaching from my Rabbi. This piece has got my juices flowing and a bit of a palpation in my heart (do not worry I am healthy)

      You damned well read all my mail and decided what I needed today.

      I have had doctors say I am clinically depressed and I have all the medicine in the very top out of the way shelf to prove it. Buddy it is not pretty. But what I have learned to do, is lift up that left foot - sometimes with both hands, and drag that right foot up in front. And then I love myself for trying. And then I spend that love on someone worse off. And then by the end of the day,,,,,+++ well we all got love and that is the Bill Holland goal.

      Muchas Gracias me Mi Amigo

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      "And therein lies the secret….we can choose." Bill, thank God for your re-birth. This was great motivational reading. Voted Up!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, thank God indeed. :) I'm glad I made it my friend. Thank you so much!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      'Nuff said! Pretty near perfect! Thank you, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Randi...have a great day!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, one foot in front of the other indeed. My mentor told me once that if I'm going through hell to keep on going, and don't stop to enjoy the scenery. :) I understand completely, buddy!

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      There is so much truth here. I can relate to your experiences when growing up. I was also the shy, quiet little girl and labeled as smart too. Many people label others who do well in school as nerds. Well, I guess that made me a nerd. Lol. So what right? If I really cared, would I be posting it here for the entire world to read? I always enjoy listening to you on video.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Quote The Beatles to me and you will always have my attention.:)

      It took years but I finally managed to jump off the pity train; an express train to nowhere. Yes, we have the ability to decide. How liberating is that? Very. The only regret: I didn't do it sooner. Oh sorry. That was pity, wasn't it?

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I love the creativity you've incorporated into this very important message. Your joy comes through loud and clear. I've always loved this picture of Bev. I can just imagine her lifting her face to the sun, with eyes closed and drinking in the fresh scents of Mother Nature. What is better than that? Well, lots I suppose, but you get my point.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, power to the nerds of the world, and I'm proud to join you in that exclusive group. :) Thanks as always and I hope your day is a great one. You deserve it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, it's easy to fall back into it, isn't it? LOL Yes indeed...the Beatles have answers to all of my problems if I'm willing to listen. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, that's exactly what she was doing. I've never met another person like Bev and I love her ability to find joy in every facet of life. :) Thank you for seeing that in the picture.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      'Personal candy shop and damn, I gotta tell ya, those candies have never tasted so sweet.'

      Oh yes that personal candy shop and oh how I agree with you in that they have never tasted so sweet.

      I have nothing to add to this precious message you share as I would simply be Little Miss Echo!!!

      We are a mixed bunch and we all cope in various ways ;I personally have no time to feel sorry for myself I am too busy living a life that I now experience as a whole person ; a spirit that will never again be locked away.

      Thank you again Billy for your wise words and remember to share is to care and you certainly do.

      I wish you both a great day and lots of love.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, your comment reads like poetry...bravo my friend and isn't life so much better today? You bet it is, and every single day can be a reward for the dues we paid in the past. :)

      Thank you my dear and my love to you

      billy

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You have a great knack for writing inspirational hubs, Bill! There is so much joy in this hub, even though there is a description of hardship, too. Reading your article is a great way to start my day.

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      We all have our good days and bad days; it's important to remember that sadness is an emotion and not a reflection of reality. I used to judge my life based on how I felt at the time, but thankfully I've learned that when I feel sad it's only a feeling. This too shall pass and brighter days are ahead. It seems that most people focus on their aggravations and sadness, and think that if only this or that happens they will finally be truly happy. But happiness comes from within, so you can be living out in the street and know true joy and peace or you could be the sunning out on the deck of your yacht and be tortured inside.

      I'm glad you're still here, my friend!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, guess who inspired this hub? You and your Happy Place. :) Enough said about how I feel about you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia...I want to inspire and you brought a smile to my face.

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      Gypsy Willow 3 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      I enjoyed your inspirational hub. Yesterday I shopped at Walmart and came away both saddened and uplifted. So much pain in full view yet I have been so blessed. Enjoy today Billy. It's the first day of the rest of your life.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. Your usual tip top hub today. It reminded me of the old joke, where a speaker was engaged to give a talk on the fight against lethargy, but nobody turned up. We really do have to take it by the horns and shake it. None of us know what awaits us round the corner.

      Graham.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Gypsy, you are braver than I am...I can't go to Walmart without becoming a bit depressed. :) Enjoy this moment my friend...and the next....and the next

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, that had me laughing....yes indeed, it is up to us my friend. Nobody else has the access necessary to do this job. :) Thank you my friend. I hope things are well in Lancaahire.

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      Lol Billy. You are so real. thanks for including me in that group. I am proud. I like the imagery here. "You can make a typhoon out of a glass of water, or you can drink that life-giving nectar and go forth with a new mission." We are the only ones who decide. yep. Is that Bev in the picture? That photo is stunning!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Doc....I love that picture too and yes, that is Bev.

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      I'm glad that you found the love of your life. She seems like a nice person.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      She is, Doc! I wish the same for you. :)

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Bill, I voted for you, but wish they had an "inspiring" button! It's so true. When I was going through a terrible time once, someone looked me in the eye and said, "how can you be standing here so confident and not shaking in your boots. you should be weary and crying to your friends." Well this old bird isn't going to fly the coop anytime soon. I've lived long enough to understand the "small" stuff is just that. And it no longer takes priority over anything that matters in my life today.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it, Crafty.....there are some advantages to aging, aren't there? We have a bit more clarity now regarding what is important and what is just fluff. :) Thank you!

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Life is a roller coaster and I have no time to pity myself when things don't go well. We all have ups and downs in life, the glass is either half full or half empty, I prefer to choose half full. Thanks for the reminder and inspiration.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, one of the earliest lessons I learned was that life isn't fair....it's not unfair either....it just is. How I deal with it will determine what kind of life I have. :) Thanks buddy!

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      You are so right, Bill It is about choice. We all have our albatross---it can drag us down or spur us on for sure..

      One chance..that's it...so we grab on to the good stuff and run with it.

      Thanks for sharing this, as usual, it is filled with brain food.

      Many hugs and Angels are on the way tonight ps Shared

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      “I see dead people.” I shouldn’t laugh, but that one was pretty good. Actually, I loved all of your captions. And no, many people don’t know what they have; they only see what they don’t have. Free will is a tantalizing thing…if only more of us realized how we could put it to better use rather than carrying it around in our pockets, gathering lint. Very inspirational, Billy, and very true. Ahhhh…those candies never tasted so sweet. Sometimes I taste them...other times, not. :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, you as much as anyone I know understands the meaning in this hub. You have every reason to be down on life but instead you are the picture of positive vibes. Love it!

      blessings and a hug are yours

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, stop by any old time. I've got enough candy to go around and I'll be more than happy to share with you. :) Thank you for the visit and great comment.

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      Sueswan 3 years ago

      Hi Bill,

      We have so much to be thankful for. It all has to do with our attitude. The only statement I don't agree with is when you refer to solitude as sludge. I had an experience while in Memphis. I shared a taxi with three woman. They couldn't believe I was on my own. One woman asked me you mean don't even have one friend who could come with you. I said no. I told her I travel by myself and I always meet nice people. In my mind I thought, but not you. One person I did have the privilege to meet was our own Deborah Brooks. She is a sweet lady with a big heart.

      Take care

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Bill- I love all of your hubs, but this is definitely one of your best. Powerful message that hopefully everyone will learn from. I'm guilty of letting life's issues get to me but I try to snap myself out of it, because like you said, we don't get a second chance or an "oops". This is it. We have to make our own happiness or before we know it, we'll be saying goodbye to our family and friends, wishing for that one last chance that will never come. Thanks for the reminder. We can never have too many of those!

      Your friend,

      Liz

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sue, it sounds like you had a wonderful trip and I saw that you had met Debbie. I wish we could have a Hubbers convention so I could meet all of you in person. That would be the highlight of my writing career. :)

      Thanks Sue

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, I love it when someone tells me that it is one of my best. My biggest fear is that I'll become a boring copy of myself, if that makes sense. Thank you for that and yes, grab this moment by the horns and don't let go. :)

      Have a wonderful evening my friend

      bill

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is so beautiful! I took a look at this earlier, but didn't comment at that time.

      I don't like the "Sad Sack Bed and Breakfast". If I am going to go through a rough patch, I want to do my best to be positive, because staying down in the depths just makes everything feel much worse than it already is. I love your attitude, Bill.

      Thanks for sharing this with us. I am bookmarking this, and it will be one of those pieces I will read when I need a boost.

      Have a great night- it's almost the weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, if my writing inspires someone, or helps them through a rough patch in their life, then I am one happy writer. Thank you my friend and yes indeed, the weekend is almost here. Yippee!

      bill

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You know i have been writing on hubpages for three years and i am a completely different person. When i first started it was me me me..poor me. I have learned so much. I read stories that chills my inner being, then i read something like this and can appreciate life so much more. No one wants to read gloom and doom, come out from among them i say. Negativity brings me down, so to stay positive is my goal. I loved reading this piece. You continue to inspire so much more forgetting about SEO'S..When you write from within i am blessed. Thank you...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, that was a lovely comment and I appreciate it greatly. I was in that negative place for far too long; now it's all about enjoying every last minute of my life.....and helping others to do the same. Thank you so much!

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      This is all my own perspective and I've expressed it all at many occasions and in many ways, but I've never expressed it so well nor have I ever read it expressed so well as you've done here, Billy! It's clear, powerful, readable and one just has to be nodding, if not saying out loud - "YES! YES!" all through reading it. How sad that so many folks fail to see the joy and beauty simply in being alive and having the opportunities that come with every day one is! You're so right that they are 'dead' in their oblivion, sadly. Those who do see it, see it wherever they are, whatever they have and do. It's not a result of external 'things' or 'good luck'. It's just THERE for the having and embracing. But one must choose to LOOK, see it and respond to it. Seems like a no-brainer, but apparently, blindness can prevail. But maybe knowing it and proclaiming it can spread it!! Maybe it's as infectious as the negativity seems to be. If one contributes nothing else but spreading realistic optimism, it's a big contribution! Whoo-hoo!

      Too bad there's no "Excellent" accolade among the others. This would get it, for sure. As it is, I'll click all the ones there are that fit, Bill! Bravo! Bravo!

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      L.M. Hosler 3 years ago

      Awesome Hub. One of the best. Thanks for the advice. You are so right. We are here for such a short time and that time flies by quickly.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      L.M. Hosler....the advice was as much for myself as anyone else, but thank you and you are welcome. I have to remind myself every once in a while just how lucky I am.

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      Mark G Weller 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      remember the white Rabbit and the dormouse....

      Great message and very interesting way of sharing it Bill!

      Mark

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Fortunately I have never ventured down the road of liquid in a bottle but I sure wish I could stay out of the candy box - or the chocolate box. I guess we all have our vices but learning to deal with them is probably the best way.

      I am a people watcher and it is something I love to do and you are so right Billy. I see those same dead people, walking our streets everyday! This serves as a really good reminder for all of us, who sometimes don't always appreciate the hand we have been dealt. For today, and for all the days in front of me, I hope I shall embrace my life and go forth and live them to the full. Thank you Billy.

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, I so needed to read this today! Thank you for gently pushing me back onto the path this morning. Sometimes things can really get you down to the point where you can't see the way back up; or worse yet, you don't really feel like looking for it. Somehow the heaviness of the despair is comforting, for awhile. Comes a time you know you need a leg up, or a helping hand out of the shadows! Thanks for the reminder, my friend ;) Pearl

      Voted Up++++

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nellieanna, you said it all perfectly my friend. There is enough negativity in the world and I choose not to be a part of it......and it's nice knowing there are others who feel the same way. Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I remember it well and it's the perfect reference. Thank you Sir and I hope your weekend brings you some peace and relaxation.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, there are worst vices than candy for sure. :) Enjoy your sweets and may happiness always come knocking at your door. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, it is always a pleasure. This community has given me a hand up on more than one occasion. That's what friends do and I greatly appreciate you being here. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Aloha, Bill!

      I definitely want to be that Jimmy Stewart character in "It's a Wonderful Life!"

      Thank you for the surprise in the mirror this morning, a wake up call that both elevates and motivates.

      Reading billybuc is damn good medicine for complacency and zombieism.

      With that, I wish you a zesty weekend and take you full circle--

      Aloha, Bill!

      ~Joe

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, I'm smiling all the way through your comment. Your words flow so beautifully...a simple comment becomes a piece of art. Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

      Aloha

      bill

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      Larry Kitzmann 3 years ago

      Once again my friend Right On----Believe it or not I still have and listen to my Leo Buscaglia tapes. Yes tapes not CDs. As he said he was shocked to learn that he had the copyright on "Love" go figure. Both my wife and I have learned to smell the roses. For sure I still get upset with things and go off on my political and societal rants more than some would like. That too is me though. I can do that and still enjoy hiking in the mountains or sitting on the front porch at the farm with a tall glass of ice tea and just watch the world go by.

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      larry Kitzmann 3 years ago

      Me again Bill. Rereading your article reminded me of something R.D. Laing wrote in "The Politics of Experience"-------"But what we think is less than what we know; what we know is less than what we love; what we love is so much less than what there is. And to that precise extent we are so much less than what we are" Have a great weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, I am more concerned with those who do not go on societal and political rants. Things are wrong in this country, and to pretend they are not is irresponsible.

      So rant on my friend, and enjoy the mountains, and dream of a quieter, more peaceful Iowa. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, I figure the average person is operating at about 30% of what they could be, and I might be high in that estimation. Sad but true, buddy!

      Thanks and I hope your weekend is everything you want it to be.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

      Bill,

      There is this beautiful quote in the Veda, the Hindu Scriptures: If the world we live in was not beautiful why would gods come and live with people.

      You perceptions reflects the same spirit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, that is a beautiful quote indeed and it says it all about life. Thank you for sharing that.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago

      Bill,

      Your words and insights are contagious in all the right ways. Much enjoyed. Voted WAY UP!

      Best to you my friend,

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, thank you so much. I aim to inspire and I love comments like yours. Makes me think I've hit the mark. :)

      blessings to you always

      bill

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      H C Palting 3 years ago from East Coast

      This is an excellent reminder to those who read and take heed, we have a CHOICE in our happiness. You are wise and very helpful with your hubs.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Express, thank you so much. Maybe one person who needs this reminder can go on to a happier life...wouldn't that be cool?

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      H C Palting 3 years ago from East Coast

      I certainly think it will be more than one :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope so, Express. Thank you!

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      I totally agree with you on how people themselves make their lives happy ones.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Bill,

      You know I how I feel and had just written on the same subject before you published this one! I see that a lot of writers seem to be on the same wave-length in publishing on the same topics at times, in synch.

      I am catching up here on HP, as I stopped in to see my little one with the broken wing last night on my way home from work, and she is healing just fine! So smiles all around this day.

      I did not get in until so very late, and my eyes were so heavy, I had to just go on to bed.

      Thanks for another great write here.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, having said that, have a very happy weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I'm very happy to hear that your little one is healing fine. Blessings to you; now rest up and have a great weekend my friend.

      bill

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Hi, Bill,

      Quite an enthusiastic hub and response from the readers!

      My Mother used to say, "Always smile when you are out in public. They will wonder what you have just done, or what

      are you about to do?"

      Good advice, I have followed.

      Have a great weekend.

      DJ.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      What a pleasure it is, Bill, to read your positive exhortations about viewing and living life in a positive way. Your philosophy is my philosophy and it has guided my life and sundry careers for more decades than any reasonable person could expect. Yes, indeed, I AM older than soil! May you continue to remind us, my friend, of the importance of a positive attitude and humor in one's life.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain

      OH billybuc this was fantastic.

      Had to press all the buttons except funny.

      Although I am sure , knowing you, that there's a little humour in there too.

      Very, very encouraging hub. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I love that saying...keep them guessing right up till the last moment...it's good for them. LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, you are spoiling me on this Saturday. Older than soil? Forever young my happy friend. :) And I'm right there with you. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dim, I had to go back and read it to see if there was any humor in it.....nope, nary a word of humor. LOL But thanks for trying to find it.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain

      Ha ha LOL You are funny, billybuc.

      It really is a fantastic hub.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dim, thank you again my friend.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You described the fact that you were dead once, just like the dead people that you see today. To open your eyes, and it is earthshaking, shows what you had been missing all those years. To be reborn, to see what was in front of you all those years, to embrace LIFE once again is a great feat. You did it, and I am proud of you. The nice thing is, that you pay your joy forward, again and again. To awaken life again in another is the best reward that life has to offer. Yes, Mr.Holland, you are a MAN, and even better, a damn good MAN.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I am honored and humbled by your comment. I try my friend; I try.

      Thank you so very much.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Your creativity is endless and such a joy to read with a very important message too. It is all about choices and paths to take. We have all made good and bad ones. it is ironic you talk about color and vibrancy. I have always thought of myself no matter how bad things have been, and they have been bad, in terms of bright colors not wishy-washy pale ones. Some black and white but no grey unlike you know who! LOL Thanks Bill for your encouraging words. it never fails to impress me by the way how suitable the photo of Bev is to many different captions -love it so much!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, thank you so much. I probably overuse that picture of Bev but I love it and it perfectly captures who she is as a person.

      I sure do appreciate you. :)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You always have a great message to us readers or to other writers and so much enjoyed learning from your hubs.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE! I appreciate you very much.

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      suzettenaples 3 years ago

      Great hub! You have been to the abyss but survived and now you find life precious. I love life also. It was Henry David Thoreau who said, "Most men live lives of quiet desperation." And it is true. So many are dead inside-no spark, so bitter that they cannot enjoy life. Your article is a wake-up call to these people. Hope they read it and take heed.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, isn't it interesting that Thoreau saw that so many years ago and it really hasn't changed that much today. Happiness is an inside job and always will be. :)

      Thank you!

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 2 years ago from Washington State

      You shine like a diamond, crisscrossing musical trails, carry on my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you MJ! Much-appreciated.

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I happened recently to have read the book SUCCEEDING WHEN YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO FAIL by Brafman. A big difference in how well one copes with unfortunate circumstances is in how small or big one thinks the "change the things I can" circle is compared with the "things I cannot change" circle.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very interesting, Brian. I like that thought...something to ponder as I go about my day today.

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