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The Simple Life Requires A Change In Perspective

Updated on April 1, 2013

LAYING THE GROUNDWORK


I love porch swings. I have since I was a little kid, sitting and swinging with my dad on warm summer nights.

I love the sound of crickets at night right after the sun sets, and the sky is ruby red and the air is still.

I love watching fireflies. There is something magical about them as they illuminate the night and make the backyard come alive.

I love the smell of clothes that have dried on a clothesline outside, and the crispness of the sheets when I slip in-between them at night.

I loved having my mom tuck me in at night when I was a little tyke, and I loved tucking my son in when he was young and I will love tucking my grandchildren in when I am blessed to have some.

I love waking up in the morning and realizing that the world is my oyster just waiting for me to shuck it.

I love going for walks with Bev and saying hi to the neighbors, and the smell of barbecues in the summer.

I love listening to the ballgame on the radio while I lay on the grass and watch the clouds drift by.

I love my life. It is a simple life with simple pleasures and I embrace each and every day.

This is living simply
This is living simply | Source

Thoreau Documentary

WHAT IS LIVING SIMPLE?


Some people associate simple living with frugality and I really don’t think that is accurate. Frugal living is something completely different in my humble opinion, since it is much more concerned with living an economically Spartan lifestyle. It is all about needs vs wants in spending.

Simple Living, on the other hand, has more to do with getting back to a simpler life where priorities are in order of real importance and not Madison Avenue importance. What do I mean by that?

What is the most important thing in your life? Most people would say family, right? If family and loved ones are your number one priority, then your life should be centered around them; not your job, not your hobbies and not your endless quest for riches….your family should be the main focus of your life.

Perhaps an example will help clarify this.

A good friend of mine from the writers’ site HubPages is a living example of the quest for Simple Living. Her name is Cyndi and you can find her writing and paintings here.

Cyndi was a teacher a little over a year ago. She loved her students but the job had become stressful because of some internal school conflicts. The stress was taking its toll on Cyndi and she would come home at the end of a work day not nearly as happy as when she had left for work. Sound familiar? It does to me because the same thing happened to me a little over two years ago. Like Cyndi I had always loved teaching, but because of an administrator intent on making everyone miserable, I found my love of teaching diminishing daily.

Anyway, Cyndi gave her notice at the end of that school year and left her teaching job. During the past year she has been developing her own writing and arts business and spending quality time with her husband. You can tell, just through her Facebook posts, that a weight has been lifted from her shoulders and she is much happier pursuing her artistic passion and spending more time with her loved ones.

I know the feeling because I did exactly the same thing in October, 2010. I left my teaching job and career of eighteen years and starting pursuing a writing career. Today I am infinitely happier and I again love life on a daily basis.

That, my friends, is Living Simple.

I went from making $52,000 with benefits to $0 and no benefits overnight, and I did it because involvement in the rat race was no longer worth my happiness. I chose quality of life over quantity of possessions and life today is simple and fulfilling.

A MOVEMENT IS UNDERWAY


Since making the move, and writing about it, I have found many others out there who are doing the same thing. In an economy that is shaky at best and sometimes downright frightening, more and more people are saying “to hell with it” and stepping off the treadmill.

What I have found is an increasing number of people who want the same things that I want, a simpler lifestyle that supports their need to get back in touch with basics.

Is it unsettling at first? You bet it is! I have worked one job or another for forty-nine of my sixty-four years. To suddenly not have a job is akin to losing an arm or leg. Most of us are programmed to work, eat and sleep, then get up the next day and do the same thing. We work long hours, pay the bills, see our families when we have time, and repeat the process until it is time to retire and slowly fade into the sunset. It is endless, it is tiring and it leaves many with a sense of emptiness wondering if this is all there is to life.

Make no mistake about it, this is a tough economy, but interestingly the tough times are forcing many to re-evaluate their lives and ask themselves some tough questions. Is it all worth it? If owning a large home means being buried under huge mortgage payments, is it worth it? Is it worth it to build up debt in order to buy things for a family you rarely see because you are working 60 hour weeks to pay for it all?

Do you see the insanity of it all?

Spending time with Bev and family has opened up new horizons
Spending time with Bev and family has opened up new horizons | Source

WHAT I SUGGEST IS NOT REVOLUTIONARY


Anyone who has read Thoreau knows that the concept of a simple lifestyle is not unique. Back in the early 1830’s, Henry David was roaming around questioning the wisdom of too many possessions. He was quite concerned with man’s preoccupation with doing things and owning things and letting things run their lives. In his estimation the only reasons he could see for working were to provide food, shelter and a feeling of self-worth. He believed in the value of hard work, but he believed that value was intrinsic rather than measured by the number of possessions your earnings could buy.

Now we are faced with a new economy and some tough decisions have to be made. Millions are asking themselves if their past beliefs fit today’s world. Millions of others are finding that they cannot rely on their employers or big business or big government. They are coming to the realization that fiscal security begins at home and it is found in the decisions we make individually.

If you spend less then you need less money! There is a truism that is hard to argue with.

If you need less money you don’t have to work as hard or as long. Another truism!

If you don’t work as hard or as long, you have more time to enjoy life and loved one.

Duh!

A Moment With Bill About Simplicity

WE HAVE LOST OUR WAY AS A SOCIETY


Values and morals are on a decline in today’s world. Anyone paying attention to the daily news sees the truth in that statement. It all begins at home. Raising children demands a full-time effort, and if the parents are too busy to raise their children then the internet and television will do the job for them. And what message are we sending to our children if we are too busy working to spend quality time with them?

If you are a parent then I ask you to take a look at your lifestyle. If you are spending more time working in order to buy the latest gadgets, and less time with your children, then I would suggest some re-evaluation is in order.

If you are a couple and you are spending more time working in order to maintain your lifestyle, and less time working on your relationship, then I would suggest some re-evaluation is in order.

If you are working longer hours and have less to show for it, then I would suggest some re-evaluation is in order.

And if you are constantly tired and find no joy in life then yes, I would suggest some re-evaluation is in order.

MY FOUNDATION IS SOLID TODAY

Taking a road less traveled
Taking a road less traveled | Source

This weekend I am going to spend quality time with the love of my life. We will go on a picnic, and a walk, and most likely a drive in the country. We will see our kids and we will laugh with them. We will smile at our neighbors and we will enjoy the hell out of every single moment.

The garden is ready for planting, the weather is turning warmer and soon the crickets will serenade us nightly as we sit out on the lawn and soak in the sights and sounds of a simple life.

Does that sound good to you? Well you can have it if you want it. To paraphrase a movie saying, build it and it will come. In other words, build a simple lifestyle and happiness will come.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      kateloving, welcome to HP, and I'll always gladly follow a Simple Living Writer. Thank you.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 2 years ago from Lancaster PA

      I love the sentiments expressed here. I was the Simple Living Writer on Squidoo and so, am now one of the new kids on the block. A refugee? An immigrant? What ever--here we are!!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, it is always good to have you visit. Thank you for thinking of me during your busy day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, may you always be high on life. Ride that wave for as long as you can, lil Sis. There is no reason why it should end if you want it to continue. The longer I live the more I am convinced that happiness is an inside job.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Vickiw 3 years ago

      Just back for a quick visit my friend. I'm so enjoying the smaller home and garden, making every bit of everything work. It is really great when you find a new perspective, and enjoy the difference between needs and wants. Hope all is well with you and Bev!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      I had to come back and revisit this hub. Someone clicked over to my blog from here today. :)

      But, more than that, I was telling a friend how things have come together. I didn't know it in 2012. I didn't know it until more recently that because I took that leap, it's led to better things than I ever imagined.

      I'm getting paid - by my school - to blog and write posts, write grants, do photography, and teach. Yes, there is some administrative stuff, too.

      Even two months ago I still wasn't sure how this would all pan out. But, by golly, it did! I keep pinching myself.

      I'll always keep writing, even if right now I don't have the time like I once did - I'll still write every single day, one way or another.

      Every day, I'll still find a way to snap a photo, too.

      I dunno - I'm high on life right now. The last two years came together in a wonderful way. And this school where I work is incredibly centering, and spiritually fulfilling - I am in love. :) None of it - NONE of it - would have been possible had I not taken that leap. It wasn't an easy road - I don't ever pretend that it was. But it really does come together.

      And you know what? I'm excited to see what'll happen in five years. Will I have 1000 hubs? That would be cool. Will someone buy 100 photos from my Zazzle store? Who knows. I only know that I've found my bliss and I know it'll only get better. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Express, you summed up the madness perfectly. It is a self-perpetuating cycle that cannot lead to true happiness. We must find the simplicity in life.

      Thank you!

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      H C Palting 4 years ago from East Coast

      I agree that getting out of the rat race is worth it. It is sad how so many people work so much and have so little to show for it and have so little true happiness. Over the decades that the average work hours have increased, it appears that the increase in work hours and resulting stress from working has decreased many people's lifespans and quality of life in a variety of physical and mental ways. Thank you for sharing your experience with getting out of the rat race.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I have always loved that you quit your job to be a stay at home mom. :) It is so important for children to have a parent at home with them, and I say bravo to you for taking that step. Thank you my friend and I hope you are having a great day.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I always love your hubs like this. Getting out of the rat race really is worth it. I've said it before, but I have never regretted quitting my job to be a stay at home mom. Love the photo with the road btw!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gosh, Shiley, I don't think I said it was easy. LOL I had to work hard to get where I am at now. I had to change the entire way I look at life, and reverse decades of conditioning. Yes, it was difficult, but now that I'm there I'm not going back to the old life. :)

      Thank you for the visit and I hope you have a great weekend.

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      Karen Shiley 4 years ago from Washington

      You make simple living sound like a dream come true. Could it really be so easy to attain? I feel like I have to fight to protect my free time. It is too easy to let my calander fill up with stuff from morning till night. My happiest moments truly are the simple times that I spend with my family going for walks and sitting around the dinner table sharing stories about our day. Thank you for writing such a great article!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, thank you, and I can safely say I am a work in progress. I'm not sure "having it all together" is attainable, but it gives me something to shoot for. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      You brought back many wonderful memories, from the porch swing, to catching fireflies, to listening to the radio while lounging outdoors. It is living simply and within your means that causes happiness to abound. You have it all together, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      wiggmanscoaching, you said it perfectly my friend. Thank you!

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      Darrin Wiggins 4 years ago

      Knowing what is most important to you will always allow you to make the right decisions and stay aligned with your values. Jobs will come and go but family is forever. Great hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thunder, if I started your day off with a smile then I am smiling too. Thank you my friend and have a great day.

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Oh bb, truer words have never been spoken. Wonderful advice and what an inspiring life you lead. Reading this hub has been a wonderful start to my day.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, thanks for sharing that story and yes, gadgets over quality....money over substance.....possessions over love....where does it end? I'm just grateful some of us understand and have reversed course. Thank you, Mel, and I hope you had a wonderful Fall day.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, you are all that and more. :) Thank you my rousing friend.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      It makes me sad to see how many people today are so busy working to maintain their lifestyle that they don't have proper time to spend with their partner and children. It doesn't have to be that way. The other day I was watching Dragon's Den (a show where budding entrepreneurs ask an intimidating panel of millionaires for money in exchange for a portion of their business) and one guy had an idea for a teddy for kids programmed with an MP3 player in its tummy. The idea was to play songs and stories for the child and send them to sleep. One of the panel said he though the idea was disgusting because that was the role of the father, and that toy would be taking away family time. I agree with him. There's way too much concern over materialistic things these days. It's pathetic. What are you going to look back on and remember one day? Great article Bill! Am with you 100% my friend. Voted up and sharing. :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Rabble rouser? Moi? I'm just enthusiastic in my beliefs; lovably so. lol

      Enjoy you day, Bill. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, I love the quote...risk stepping from the known to the unknown. True words there my friend. There are a great many people afraid of risk but man oh man, think of all the great experiences they are missing out on. :) Thank you my dear friend. I hope you are well.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      "Is it worth it to build up debt in order to buy things for a family you rarely see because you are working 60 hour weeks to pay for it all?" some thought provoking tough questions here. There's a famous quote by George Shinn and it goes like this, "growth means change and change involves risk stepping from the known to the unknown." many people are afraid of change, but change can bring simplicity and joy. This was a fantastic hub with good advice

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      HattieMattie...lost its crackers! LOL For sure, but I think more people are starting to realize that they need to get back to simpler times. Anyway, I hope they are. Thank you for the visit.

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      HattieMattieMae 4 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

      I agree with you 100%. Everything you've written is true. The world has lost their crackers. lol So, I believe change is hell in the moment, but change brings a simple life, and happiness. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lesley, I have always loved that line....take a chill pill. Indeed, it is there waiting for us to enjoy. Might as well enjoy it since we only have one shot at this living thing. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sherri, I know why I sometimes want to go to the woods. :) It's madness and I'm not sure why it is....but it needs to change.

      Thank you!

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      Lesleysherwood 4 years ago

      Amen to that. We work all these long hours to earn money in order for us to do exactly what you're doing in your photo up there. Hey everyone, the creation is all around us and costs nothing. Take a chill pill. Voted UP and shared. Loved this Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, I know very well that you understand this hub....as you will tomorrow's. Thank you my dear and it's good to see you back with us after your busy weekend.

      love,

      billy

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      Sherri Tuck 4 years ago from Virginia

      Great thoughts on simplicity...As I read your article, I cannot help but think about the cultural shift that has taken place in the last 40 - 50 years. Why do we live such lives? I know now why Thoreau went into the woods.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      It sounds good and it sure is good.

      Another wonderful hub which again leaves much food for thought !!!

      I know that my children have always been the foremost in my life ;they are the only family I had after the tragic passing of my sister.Of course today they are still important but they have their families of their own now and do not need me constantly calling round .Therefore today a great life for myself and my wonderful partner is also foremost in my mind.

      Up until about eight years ago I lived my life for others ( a chamelaeon comes to mind) but today I live life for us!!

      We fit together perfectly and I look forward to many years to come of true happiness with my Dai.

      Thank you again Billy ;your hubs always leave a time of contemplation which I love.

      Voting up , sharing and here's wishing you a wonderful day too.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Phoenix, you are a rabble rouser. :) Thanks for the encouragement.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Bill and Leslie shit stirring? YAY!

      This is the kind of stuff that keep this site so lively and real.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb....LOL...life is good my friend. I love your attitude.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This is what some of us have been saying for decades. I'd rather be a Have Not any day of the week. My pleasures come from nature. I have a camera, but not much else, and am perfectly happy without a car and the expense. Damn, life is GOOD!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, a year and a half doesn't sound too bad. I'm glad you are almost there my friend. Thank you!

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      Barbara Badder 4 years ago from USA

      Sitting on the porch and listening to the crickets and seeing the lightening bugs again, sounds wonderful. We are still going to see some snow here yet, so I'll have to patiently wait. You made me yearn for summer.

      I am living the simple life, but my husband's job demands mandatory overtime. We are hoping he can join me in the simple life in a year and a half.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good for you, Leslie. Truth...I would love to know more about you. I like you....respect you...and I think you have a fascinating story to tell. Someday, maybe, we can sit down and chat and get to know each other better.

      Until that day comes, let's keep stirring shit up and see if we can't bring about some change in this world.

      love to you too

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, thank you my friend. I know people don't want to hear it, but society is a mess. I don't know what to do to change things other than raise awareness and give hope to others....we can change things, but it will take continually raising awareness of these important issues. Thank you again; my day is peaceful indeed and I wish you the same.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Shuck it, Bill - simple living doesn't mean just lightening the 'MATERIAL' load - it means GAINING spiritual and emotional wealth!

      One might very well need to lose the former - in order to make room for the latter..

      i consciously gave up a job that paid well and had some prestige attached - in order to live smaller - and happier!

      Granted - the ptsd might have had something to do with it, but - i never went back either..

      if i'm going to do something - it's because it fits in with my chosen lifestyle - i want to work with abused women - or horses..

      i do NOT want to sell high end retail clothing to people who don't need 'another something...'..

      love ya Bill...love your message - and good for Cyndi!

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, you know by now that I like the simple life and share your thoughts on that subject totally. And you are absolutely right that we have lost our way as a society. I don't know when it all began to fall apart, but I know I've thought a lot about it lately. It seems we as a people are going backwards. And by that I mean that things seem to be geared to meanness and brutality. Anytime I look at the tv listings and the movies I see nothing but murder and mayhem; more 'R' ratings than not, and so on. Let's get back on the 'natural' path and find a better, happier place! That's why I applaud your articles and your subject matter, my friend. Voted Up across the board. Have a wonderfully peaceful day ;) Pearl

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, and wasn't it a wonderful way to spend time? We need more of that and not less. Blessings to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      girishpuri, I fear we are already victims, and that is a horrible mental attitude to adopt. Thank you for your insight.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hooray for you, Phoenix! You are a living example of this hub. As for the song, I don't think I have heard it. I'll check it out. Now, go live a simple life and good luck with that writing group tonight.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I understand, Martin....thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, you gave a perfect description of what this is all about. Although I would love to have a tad bit more money, I am blessed beyond words. Thank you!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I had a fabulous weekend doing just that, laughing and spent time neighbors and enjoyed every moment of it. Positive thoughts here.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      True, Bill, We have lost our way as society, In the process of making money, if we neglect our social responsibilities, and let society deteriorate, we will become a victim ourselves., God bless.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I quit my job two weeks ago. I did feel at a loose end without the routine in place. But I am gradually replacing it with a new one. My husband has been on Easter holiday for the last week and a half. This is the most time we've spent together since I can't remember when and I was happy to find that we still enjoy each other's company.

      I've been overhauling some old articles and can see how my writing has improved. I have my writers' group this evening and actually have some stories to contribute this time because there is no stress and I can think clearly.

      The only thing I regret about quitting is not having done it sooner. I'm so looking forward to our family's new life together.

      Thanks for spreading the word, Bill. You know, you should include a video of Ella Fitzgerald singing, 'Give Me the Simple Life.' Just throwing the idea out there. :)

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Unfortunately simplicity has been forced upon me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, indeed, smell those roses....then pick them and allow them to sit in your house and fill the rooms with a lovely fragrance. Repeat the process until life has joy and happiness. :)

      Blessings and love my friend,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj...and ode to simplicity. I like that! :) Thank you!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Bill,

      Do you mean ACTUALLY stopping to smell the roses . . . I mean they are there!!! Great advice here. We are only here for a short while, and we must make a choice to enjoy or miss out on what really matters most.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      That photo of the road less traveled says it all, Bill. The perfect choice to accompany your ode to simplicity.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi billy, oh how I agree with you! I left school at 16, went straight into an office job, and over the years I have worked in offices, shops, babysitting, cleaning and ...well you get the point. then about 6 years ago I passed out at work, I was totally ignoring the fact that I had a really bad thyroid problem, when I worked in an office I lost about 20 pounds in weight, luckily I got made redundant so I then realised how ill I was, but stupidly I took another job and hence passed out. now I don't work as such, but after all these years I am writing and its me. I love it, money? don't have any, watching wildlife, seeing family? yep, totally important, love this, voted and shared, nell

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, you hit that nail right on the head. Well done and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, when I would visit my grandmother in Iowa I did the same thing. I sure hope the statute of limitations is over on that crime. LOL Thank you my friend. Now we can just appreciate nature without feeling the need to rub it out.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      A porch swing and lightening bugs. There has been a lot of those in my life, guess I have been blessed. As a kid though I killed lightening bugs and rubbed them on my hands to make them glow in the dark. I really feel bad about that now but I had five brothers, so I wasn't responsible for what I did then...am I?

      Great hub as always. ^

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I agree, the most important person is YOU. And we have to put that first. Great share!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I should change the name of this hub to Living The Good Life. Well said my friend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My Moments, if my hub provided you with comfort and inspiration then that is music to my ears. Thank you and best of luck to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Count on it, Sha! :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill, The older one gets the more we realize that we do not need every gadget and the little things become more precious. Another great hub on living the good life..Thank's Bill...

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      My Moments 4 years ago

      This brought tears to my eyes, beautifully written and most appropriate for what I am going through this week. It seems in my desire to live simply I have a few lessons to learn.

      So thank you for your insightful Hub and your beautiful words, which have provided me with inspiration. Funny how things come along just at the right moment....

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Love me forever????? As I will you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, if this boy can do it then anyone can. I firmly believe that! It begins with a dream and then a plan. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I love that you feed your passion and you are working towards a goal. Good for you my friend. Now get busy on that travel guide of Italy. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, what am I ever going to do with you. LOL

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Billy, I'm with you every step of the way, from the swing on the porch to relaxing on the grass gazing at the clouds, oh wait... scratch listening to the ball game, but that road look mighty inviting, I think deep down most of us want that simple life but it always seem to be just out of reach, thank you for showing us it is possible.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. I am getting close to the day when I walk away from my job and the rat race. Although I still work a full time job for a large company I certainly don't let it define me. for now it pays for my passion which is traveling. I envy you and your life. I try to make my life as simple as possible while looking forward to that day. Thanks for keeping things in perspective.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      That's not what I was looking for, but I certainly won't turn it down! And, no, I didn't know today is the start of baseball season. My cocoon doesn't get that station! :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, as you well know, today is the beginning of baseball season. I know you are excited. LOL

      Thank you my friend. Your story will be in the next in this series. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I think that might be the shortest comment you have ever written. LOL Thank you kind lady, and I'm sending an extra helping of hugs and blessings your way.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruchira and blessings to you always.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I love all those things you mentioned in the beginning of this hub, with the exception of listening to the ball game! Tee hee.

      Every word of this message is the truth and I hope more people do as you mention and re-evaluate and learn to say 'to hell with it'. We only have one life. Most of us are getting up in years and if we don't do what makes us happy now, when will the day come?

      I just love that picture of Bev stretching to the glory of nature. I lift my face to the sun when I feel the need to cleanse myself. I sure envy that mountain view you have!

      Great hub, Bill. And a much-needed reminder to all of Mankind!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Getting in touch with what really matters leads us back to this simple life, Bill.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Well said, Bill.

      Living Simple is tough but, with the determination to make a change; it should come from within. The side effects are amazing!

      great and interesting hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vix, I have serious concerns, but I don't state them often or I'll go crazy. You are right about the time frame. I'm not sure it will reverse itself unless, and this is what I fear, society is forced to reverse itself because of a massive collapse in the economic system. Then, and only then, will we see a return to the simpler life because we will have no other choice.

      Thank you my friend. Keep up the good work.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lurana, I love that....I need a bumper sticker that says that...frugal with myself and generous with others. Great line!

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      If we have all we need, we are rich indeed. I believe in being frugal with myself and generous with others. :-)

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      poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      In our modern culture, we are conditioned to mass consumerism from the time we are born. As you state, many children are raised by the TV and the net. That trend, lets call it latch key kids or whatever, has been going on since the 80s. That's a lot of adults and children for who simpler has been programmed to equate with undesirable.

      I'm on board, as are many others, but I'm afraid for many more the proposition is going to be a very hard sell as it goes in the face of what we are taught both directly and indirectly. I hope, for the planet's sake as well as individuals, I'm wrong and the movement goes viral. Keep calling attention to the simple truth and it just might. God bless, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jim, it sounds to me like you are living the dream in Eugene and I am happy for you. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, there are more of us out there and they are growing in number. I shake my head when I see people in public texting and playing on their computers and not interacting with each other. I don't want that lifestyle. I've found what I want and I'm keeping it. :) Thank you my friend....keep working for the goal.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      You express the thoughts of so many with this hub, Bill. Though it was not my conscious choice to leave the business in which I had spent nearly forty years, my mind is certainly more at peace these days. I am free so so much stress I felt from the job and the (trying to find a word)

      jerk I worked for.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      billybuc,

      This is so awesomely beautiful! I would love to live this way and I try my darndest, but the world around us is quite competitive. I have been complaining about the same thing for the last decade at least. Times... they are a' changin'. It wasn't that long ago that I grew up, but one would think so. Things were so much simpler. It seems that so many people are consumed my technologies and media and things that are supposed to keep us connected while they actually are pushing us further apart. What happened to picnics and bikerides and flying kites and long walks? What ever happened to sitting on the porch and enjoying the breeze and the noises of uninterrupted nature? Who sits on a porch without a cellphone or i-something or other anymore? Yes, they are out there and I'd like to think I'm one of them. I wish the world would jump in to your world and just appreciate the simple things. Voted up and just about everything else! LOVED it! Thanks

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I am quite familiar with Dave Ramsey. I love his message, and I love the fact that you are debt free. Congratulation on this milestone and maintaining it over the years. Thank you for your kind words. I just love life and I want everyone to love it as well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MsDora, I can only imagine how much simpler life must be there. My best to you my friend, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      sybol, I am happy to hear that you are considering this path. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lurana. Frugality has gotten a bad rap. I usually hear the word "cheap" attached to it. We are not cheap...we just buy what we need and leave what we want. :) As for what is important in life....I miss Mayberry! :) Thank you for the share my friend.

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      DJ Anderson 4 years ago

      Great Hub, Bill! You have a special talent for writing, and saying words that many long to hear. People are disenchanted with work, and life.

      Your information gives options and planning that can better lives.

      You do a great service, Bill. We Hubbers are fortunate to have your

      words of wisdom.

      We became followers of Dave Ramsey and his life principals. Mr. Ramsey is a financial adviser, a radio host, motivational speaker and a writer. He believes in living a debt free life. It took us about ten years,

      to pay off ALL of our debts, but we have remained totally debt free. God willing, we will remain debt free.

      Thank you,

      DJ.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Insightful and inspiring. After life in the US for most of my life, I'm back to a simpler life in the Caribbean. I appreciate it more and more everyday.

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      sybol 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading this post. I agree with you and I am also processing this concept: The Simple Life.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Just wonderful! I have come to the same conclusions about prioritizing one's life to reflect what really matters and letting go of the rest. I like the contrast to frugality because it may be related but not necessarily....and many frugal people are not at all happy. Valuing money above people can make one wasteful or miserly, but neither approach brings love or happiness. This message is so important; I was happy to share it on Facebook.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki...write our ways into others thinking....I love that line. That's exactly what I try to do with my writing. Very astute my friend. Thank you and good luck with that downsizing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, it does indeed my friend. We are living proof of that. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok. It's always a simple pleasure having you visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, thanks for stopping by my friend. I have no doubt that you understand this hub and live this lifestyle.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hi Bill, I really like this Hub. I strive for a simple life myself, and am presently thinking of downsizing even more, so that I can be closer to the family. I know we think so much about the challenges that parents have these days raising their children, and I have believed for years that there is just way too much in the way of inappropriate TV and gadgets in people's lives. I'm with you on this mission, and hope we can write our ways into others thinking the same way!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love your definition and description of the simple life, Bill! This lifestyle is a beautiful goal and would offer a great deal of happiness.