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Walking Down A Country Road: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on May 16, 2013

THE WRONG ROAD

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

C. S. Lewis

But what is the right road? What if you cannot distinguish the right road from the wrong? What then Mr. Lewis?

I swear to God I have this instinctual desire and need to take the road less travelled. I wonder if all people feel that way? I honestly doubt it. I have known people who have strolled down the straight and narrow path their entire lives. They have mapped out their future and followed the map for decades. I admire them for it, but I also know it is not for me.

I’m a seat-of-the pants kind of guy. I have a vision of where I want to go, but how I’m going to get there remains to be seen, and the path I take originally may be discarded and a new path chosen on a whim.

I follow some voice only I can hear and yet often times I do not understand the voice. Does that make sense to you? If so you are my brother or sister in life.

The road less traveled. I stand at a fork in the road. One path is filled with brambles and potholes, and the other neatly and smoothly paved. There is no doubt which path I am taking and yet I do not purposely take the beaten, aging, challenging path. I do not sit down under a tree at that fork and decide that the tough path is the best. I do not seek pain and misfortune. I do not revel in heartache . I do not find luxury in the warm embrace of tribulation….and yet, invariably and predictably, that is the path I stroll down.

A rocky path at times
A rocky path at times | Source

Finding Acceptance

THE JOB OF LIFE

Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.

Erich Fromm

Regrets are for the unenlightened. You can quote me on that if you want.

I am not unique and my choice of the difficult road is hardly noteworthy. We all suffer. We all struggle from time to time, and we all have our very foundations shaken by life’s events.

How do we handle the aftermath…that’s the question. Do we cower in the corner, shaken to our core by failure, or do we emerge yet again, determined to overcome and persevere?

A friend of mine was fond of saying, “Life’s a bitch and then you die.” Well, yes, life can be a bitch, but how terribly sad to think that there is nothing more than misery and death.

The journey is wondrous or the journey is horrendous and we decide which it is. All of us have suffered loss. All of us have had our faith shaken and our resolve weakened, because dammit, life is not a perpetual stroll on the beach.

I have walked some dark roads. The canopy has darkened the surroundings, and in the woods to my left and right I have heard the wolves prowling in search of food. The soles of my shoes have worn thin and my feet have formed blisters, and yet I tell you honestly that I would not have it any other way, for every hardship has been necessary to bring me to this place of happiness.

Some sunlight....some shadows
Some sunlight....some shadows | Source

LEARNING ALONG THE JOURNEY

If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.

Confucius

Life is a learning gig. “If you ain’t learning then you ain’t growing.” So sayeth my grandmother and she was right on.

I have known some quality human beings and I have known some pond scum. I have learned from them all, and I have learned from them all because I have been willing to learn…..and….because it finally dawned on me that we are all angels and we are all pond scum. To deny it is pure foolishness. To shrink away from it is beneath us. Face the fact that there is good and evil in each of us, and then make the conscious choice to be the instrument for good.

When I was a youngster Ted Bundy was our paperboy. In the same neighborhood was Nancy Monroe, who eventually started a mission in Kenya for the underprivileged, and saved many more lives than Bundy killed.

The good and the bad, all there for me to learn from. Every path I take is lined with people who are active, and passive, teachers in my life. I saw Nancy get angry at a friend one day and punch her in the arm. She then cried for two hours because she had hurt another human being.

We are all so complicated. We are all so fascinating. How could we not be willing to soak in the education that is offered for free each and every day of our lives?

James Taylor Understands

Taking a break from my travels
Taking a break from my travels | Source

WE ARE OUR WALK

It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.

Francis of Assisi

I had someone ask me the other day if I was unhappy. Surprised, I said no, it had been a lovely day and I was quite happy. They said I just appeared to be sad and they wondered why that was.

Well then of course, they had me thinking about the message I was sending out to the world. In my mind and heart I was filled with joy and yet the world saw something completely different.

Every day that I am alive, I am a walking, talking advertisement of who I am as a human being. My actions determine, ultimately, what kind of person I am. I can spout poetic and be as eloquent as the greatest essayist, but the bottom line is that if I don’t live my talk then I am a hypocrite.

And I really hate hypocrisy!

Is it possible to always walk our talk? No, of course it isn’t. We are, after all, only human, and as such we are prone to slipping and sliding on our journey. All I can do is put one foot in front of the other and try…just try…to be a better person.

Which fork will you take?
Which fork will you take? | Source

No Regrets

THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD

“Many times I've been alone and many times I've cried

Anyway you'll never know the many ways I've tried “…the Beatles

Yes, it has been a road less traveled, but I find comfort in the company of others who have traveled the same road. I have witnessed them when their walking days came to an end, and they held their heads high with dignity, knowing that they did their best. They stumbled, they fell and they returned to an upright position and trudged on, and in so doing they paved the way for me to follow.

It has been one hell of a walk. There is still some road ahead of me although in truth, I know not how much. The sunrise is far behind me and twilight is falling on this journeyman, but as long as there is light enough to see I will keep putting one foot in front of the other, and marveling at the wonders of this gift called life.

I wish you happiness on your own personal walk. May your personal stumbles be less harsh in the future, and may you always find satisfaction in the very act of walking.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Beautiful walk for sure and am with you on trying my best to enjoy all I can and be happy just in the moment. Love the way you think, but then again you already knew that!! Hoping you are having a wonderful day now Bill!!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Well, brother of mine, I have never been known to take the easy way out or not look where others are afraid too! Life is a journey we take and how we take it is up to us. Mistakes? You betcha! Learn from them? God I hope so. Every day is a new one and we have to face it with the love and joy we have in our hearts, if it ends badly, well, there's another one tomorrow. God bless.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Lots of good stuff here and I say no matter how good life is it is never easy. And you really confirmed that. I always take the difficult road like you and certainly do not plan it or want to..but somehow easy just either never comes or I don't seek it. I think one of the best things in life is to be always learning new things. My neighbor said to me the other day.."I don't want to learn anything new". Now that is a sad way to feel. Around the corner is another project, idea, lesson etc...Well done as always and enjoyed reading it today... especially.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, thank you for taking a walk with me, and thank you for always being here. Have a great day my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, thank God they don't kick us out of this life game for mistakes or I would have been booted a very long time ago. Happy to report I learn much faster than I once did. :)

      Thanks my dear friend....have a great day!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, someone actually said that....they don't want to learn anything new??? Well just shoot me then because my life would be over. I love life and I'm going to be quite upset when I have to leave it. What a great ride it has been.

      Thanks Carol!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      A message I needed this morning. I will have to re-read this several times. Thanks Bill

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Good morning, Bill!

      The above is fast becoming a favorite phrase of mine! I'm glad I read this before going on my morning walk. I have spent the last 2.5 hours responding to Hub mail and a little bit of eBay business stuff. Psychologically, I'm a wreck with just a half month to go before the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge. I know, I'm a wuss. I keep telling myself, of course, to take it in little chunks. I also remind myself that billybuc does it--and more--day in and day out (INCREDIBLE! How do you do it, Bill?)...in any event, and more so because I didn't do this as a young man, I want to honor my commitment to myself and Karen Hellier and our peers to meet the challenge head on and complete the task. This, then, my friend, is my personal road less traveled at the moment...so when I go on my literal walk this morning, I am going to find optimism and idealism in every step I take and every sensual observation I make. It's all about changing gears midstream, doing the gut check, and putting one foot in front of the other. Breathing deeply, and with good reason, I wish you the fondest aloha and mahalo for yet another inspirational Hub, Bill!

      Your walking friend,

      Joe

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      As I contemplated this very notion the other day. I saw the sign "Stay on Main Trail, Hazardous Cliffs". I got a funny feeling and thanked my stars for that sign that keeps most away, and tells me somehow which trail I must take.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, you just know I would have to go take a look at those hazardous cliffs. LOL There is something in me that tells me that barriers and warnings weren't meant for me. :)

      Thanks buddy and have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheri, you can read it as many times as you want....I'll be happy to have you any old time.

      Thank you my friend and have a great day.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, this is a very reflective hub and one that should be pondered hard by all who read it. We have choices in life. Sometimes we make the wrong choices but we still have to choice to correct our path. I have stumbled and fallen many times in my life; most times I fell into the huge hole I dug for myself. The key to climbing out was recognizing and admitting I was solely responsible. At those times I was faced with two choices: lay there and slowly die or suffer the bumps and bruises as I made my way up and out. I chose the latter, of course. Now I'm a little more cognizant with the path I travel. I may choose the rocky road just to see if I can make it across to smoother ground. But I will never again dig a hole for myself. I have learned and I continue to learn. That is the beauty of life.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I think my voice speaks in a different language, altogether. It's been over four decades, and I still can't find the translation!

      Love ya, Billy :)

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Oh yes Billy another which I relate too.

      This is wonderful and many quotes here I will remember ;I know thus because of the impact they made as I read them.

      One being:-

      “If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.”

      Confucius

      another being your final passage:-

      'It has been one hell of a walk. There is still some road ahead of me although in truth, I know not how much. The sunrise is far behind me and twilight is falling on this journeyman, but as long as there is light enough to see I will keep putting one foot in front of the other, and marveling at the wonders of this gift called life.

      I wish you happiness on your own personal walk. May your personal stumbles be less harsh in the future, and may you always find satisfaction in the very act of walking.'

      A vote up and shared ;another true gem for sure and here's to so many more hubs for us both to share onhere.

      Lots of love from Wales.

      Eddy.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Ah, yes, the road less traveled. This reminds me of that poem by Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken".

      I think taking the road less traveled makes life a lot more interesting, and filled with unexpected surprises, although any road we take may be filled with such.

      Beautiful share here dearest Bill.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      "All angels and all pond scum..." I like that line, and many others as well, Bill. I swear there should be an "inspirational" button to click, for many of your essays deserve it. We are brothers on that strange path for sure, and life holds many surprises, good and bad. Write on, Bill and keep inspiring us to write and to walk as well.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Love your walk, your message and your new pictures! Beautiful (and sunny!)

      "Everyday that I am alive, I am a walking, talking advertisement of who I am as a human being." Words to remember and live by! Thank you, my friend!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      I love the Confucius quote, and the comparison of Ted Bundy and Nancy Munroe. The journey is the reward, they say. We should often to make sure that the rewards we are getting are the rewards we deserve. That should help us decide whether our journey is on the right path. All the best on your walk too, Billybuc.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe my friend, you were once again the inspiration for this hub...I thought of walking so naturally I thought of Joe.

      Are you doing the 30 in 30 or have you already done it? I get confused easily.

      I still have to look into this ebay thing of yours. I would be interested in doing it if I could feel confident enough to start up....we'll see. :)

      thanks my friend and may all of your walks be lessons in life.

      Aloha

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, that is the beauty of life, and it is a gift not to be wasted. Mistakes? So what? Learn and move on...always learning and always moving forward.

      Thank you my friend. Have a great afternoon in Florda.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, maybe you speak in tongues and don't know it yet. LOL Just sayin', anything is possible, right?

      Whatever you speak and whenever you speak, I'll be there listening.

      Thanks Lizzy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh yes, Eddy, you for sure understand the message in this hub. I was hoping you had time to read this as I thought of you while writing it. You bring me inspiration when I need it my friend, and you always bring beauty with your words.

      May we both enjoy each other for years to come.

      love,

      billy

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, it is never boring on that road...that's for sure. LOL

      I'm glad we are both still learning and still enjoying life.

      blessings,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Jim! Every once in awhile I write a line that I feel good about and that was one of those lines. I'm glad you enjoyed it as well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, you live this hub and I'm glad you got a chance to read it. Your kindness as a human being shines through in your words daily. Keep it up my friend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MsDora, I love that...the the rewards we are getting are the rewards we deserve. So true my friend.Thank you for that.

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      There is always a road to choose, and a lot of times, none of the roads are as easy as they seem.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      You are so very welcome my dear friend and thank you also for inspiring me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Always, Eddy! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, they can be deceptive, can't they? Thank you!

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, when I walk in the woods there are several paths that are worn and familiar. But every once in a while, I think of the Robert Frost poem: "The Road Not Taken", and I'll head for a completely different place.

      Although I've explored almost every inch of my woods after all these years, it is still fun and mind expanding to venture in a different direction; to take the not-so-easy path. How boring would life be if we stayed on the same path day in and day out!

      Voted Way Up+++ Awesome as always my friend ;) Pearl

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      Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Billybuc: voted up, useful, awesome and interesting.

      Phenomenal photos, by the way!

      You certainly make me THINK! I especially love your statements, "Regrets are for the unenlightened," and "If I don't live my talk I am a hypocrite."

      Also, your quote by Francis of Assisi, "It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless walking is our preaching." I am going to post all three in my leather journal filled with quotes.

      That being said, you continue to inspire, motivate, and encourage all who read your hubs, especially this writer.

      God bless you Billybuc, and THANK YOU. Sparklea :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Connie, I knew I liked you for some reason. LOL I'll walk in the woods any old time with you my friend. Life would indeed be boring if we always followed the straight, paved paths.

      Thank you as always my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, I am honored that you would include one of my quotes in your quote journal. Thank you very much for your kind words. I aim to inspire others...that is my calling as a writer. :)

      blessings to you always

      bill

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Awesome Bill, I am at that crossroad, and even with the knowledge and experience I have gained, I am filled with fear of being homeless and losing what little I have left. That is where I am as I write this comment.

      You have shared once again some pearls of truth, and hopefully they will resonate with many who are at this point. Thank you bro for these words,

      Mark

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Bill: What a beautiful article and sentiments. This is one of your best writings. I couldn't agree with you more. I will quote you, "Regrets are for the unenlightened." How true that statement is. You are wise and profound here Bill. I have not always taken the smooth path either and so many around me are upset because I have no regrets. And your statement is exactly why. I don't have regrets because I learned from each step and experience of my path. As you so eloquently say, each experience led to growth of some sort. I also love one of your other statements, "...we are all angels and we are all pond scum." I had to chuckle at that one. It is also true. I work each day at letting the good out of me and searching for the good in others, not the bad. So, Ted Bundy was your neighborhood paper boy. That is amazing. What a turn and path his life took. Thank you for such an inspiring, wise and witty piece, Bill. You have learned well, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, my prayers are with you my friend. If we ever get this H.O.W. thing to the level I want it at, there will be paying work for you. Until then, don't give up hope and know that you are loved and respected by those who know you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, thank you very much. Your kind words mean a great deal to me. I have done damage during my lifetime, but I made amends and now I have moved on, wiser and without regrets. To live with regret is to rob ourselves of the present and I will not do that.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Billy,

      I have yet to read something you've written that hasn't been truly inspirational. I pretty much realized that I need to apply a cervical collar every time I open one of your pages because I read them while violently shaking my head in agreement. :-) Each point means something, and because I always like to hog up your page and time with my long unnecessary stories... I'd like to share something with you: First, I must point out that this story was inspired by your "Learning along the journey" nugget - I joined a fire department at 17 years old and if you haven't noticed, I'll let you in on a secret; I'm a girl. So, I'm sure you aware that women are not always welcomed with open arms by all men in a "man's" field. I know I'm strong, I know I'm tough and I know I'm smart, but I feared failing so I participated from the shadows. I feared asking questions because I assumed it would imply my ignorance. I allowed that behavior to go on for a couple of weeks. Then I sat and pondered. If I never ask these questions to the things I do not know, how will I ever find the answers? My desire to learn outweighed my fear of failing. Still with me... or did you pass out yet? Hang in there, it's almost over. Soooo, guess what happened? At the very next drill, the very first question I had, I asked. I crossed my fingers and winced, anticipating the assault on my ego, but no, quite the contrary. The minute I started asking questions, was the same minute my fellow firefighters began taking me seriously and viewed me as a real potential firefighter who cared enough to learn. Everything has been magical ever since. That is the biggest story I preach now to the newbies (I've got almost 15 years now), I tell them, there are no stupid questions and you won't learn if you don't ask. I also reassure them that none of us know everything and we all make mistakes. I'm not patting myself on the back, but I notice that the newbies warm up very quickly, are eager to learn and ask plenty of questions. So, thank you for inspiring the way you always do and I like you to know that myself and probably many of your readers, relate your words to their real lives, to know that we can participate and do the the things you speak about.

      Enjoyed as usual Billy, :-)

      Cat

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      Deonne Anderson 4 years ago from Florence, SC

      billybuc,

      Thanks for sharing your walk and journey with us. It seems that you have learned much about your self and about life. It is wonderful that you are happy, still learning and growing as well as teaching, and that your life is so rich and full. I have on many occasions had to choose the right road for me. My choices have not always been in my best interest, but it was fun and I made it through them. I discovered the opportunities in every failure or misstep.

      At this stage of my life I am making my own roads and paths. I am creating my own life and following my dreams.

      I am very happy that my walk led me meet you and the many wonderful people here at HP. I am truly blessed. Great message!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, I did not nod off and I loved the story. You, a firefighter? Well God bless you my friend and thank you for being on the front lines. You already had my respect and admiration but we now have to dial it up a notch. :) I know, I know, it's no big thing, right? Well it is, Cat! The firefighters, cops, EMT's, soldiers....they all do the jobs nobody in "civilized" society want to do, and they rarely get credit for it...throw in nurses while we'll chatting.

      Anyway, that's about enough out of me. I just wanted you to know that I, for one, appreciate the work you do.

      bill

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Billy,

      Well heck, if that impressed you then I must tell you I'm a Firefighter Captain and an EMT :-) (I don't usually toot my horn too often... I couldn't resist... besides, I want you to know that I'm serious about giving to the community and not just humming the tunes to your songs :-)

      Now that I'm done tooting my own horn... I really have to agree with you and I have extreme respect for soldier and cops, who fight to protect us and all too often lose their lives in the line of duty. And well nurses, they have crappy hours and save lives, so they have my respect too.

      Gee, now I feel guilty for tooting my horn, you might not save lives when the whistle blows, but you just might be saving lives every day and you're certainly making the world a better place... so I appreciate the work you do! Thanks

      Cat

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, Cat, thanks, but I'm just a guy who writes. I do what I can when I can....it never seems enough and I'm never satisfied with the results. Luckily I'm still alive and healthy and have some time left to shake things up a bit.

      Have a good weekend my friend.

      bill

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this my friend. It seems there is another me, kept alive by those who still need a Martin. I read his exploits in the bulletins i receive.

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

      Funny...I've been thinking about this a lot lately, even as a child I'd try to explore the overgrown path where few have passed, could be very challenging.

      For me life is all about the journey, the destination is where we stop to rest. In life we are always learning, yes, we make mistakes but if we learn from our mistakes, we grow, discover ourselves and live life to the very drop. When our hearts are in the right place, our instincts will always be good. Another thought-provoking and illuminating write.

      Kindred spirits?

      My best as always.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I walk that path too. My reasons? Truthfully, I didn't want to be some boring old person constantly repeating stories that weren't worth the bother of relating in the first place. I figured the best way to have tales worth telling was to live a life less ordinary. So off I would go where few went.

      I'm not sure at what point this conscious choice became a natural part of my psyche nor does it matter. Show me an overgrown, dimly-lit path, and I'll soon be heading down it.

      I totally get what you mean.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Life is one great experience and you certainly had many challenges along the way, a writer from the heart and so interesting to read more about you

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lady, I love your comment, so full of positive energy...you are creating your own life...how cool is that?

      Thank you for being a part of this community.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, an interesting comment....Martin live forever! :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I will gladly lay claim to being a kindred spirit with you. No, I do not like the rough times, many of which I caused to happen, but like you said I learned from them and I keep traveling this wonderful path. Thank you my friend, and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, I have no doubt that you understand this all too well. If you ask me, paved roads are terribly boring and I'm not into boring. Bring on the potholes!

      Thanks my friend and I hope you have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE! It has not been boring my friend, and it has always been educational. I wouldn't have it any other way.

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      mylindaelliott 4 years ago from Louisiana

      Very nice hub, I tend to find myself on the bumpy and hilly path as well. I'm not sure why. It's certainly my path to live though.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mylindaelliott, I think a lot of writers and artists have traveled that path. Not sure why that it is but that's been my observation.

      Thank you for the visit and have a great weekend.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      The path, the road, the way....we all need to describe that metaphor for ourselves and decide how we want to walk in our own lives, so that we do not just find ourselves years later down a road we never chose. Conscious self-awareness may lead to mistakes but at least we have a chance to recognize them and do something different!

      Excellent writing here, though-provoking and engaging. :-) Lurana

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lurana, I wouldn't have it any other way. When my final days are here, I won't look back wishing I had tried something else....I'm laying it all out and I'll deal with the consequences as they come. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thanks for the enjoyable walk Bill. There are those who always regret the path not taken but I look at all I have gained and know that my life is good and I don't regret where I am or how I got here. I still have the urge to get back home to the U.S. but perhaps that will come in time. Passing this on.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      sssshhhhh...don't tell everyone that 'you follow some voices only you can hear'...LOL...

      but seriously - you know i so agree with your life philosophy! Altho - where you DESIRE to take the path less traveled - i often wish i COULD take the paved one - the one free of ruts and boulders...

      It just seems that is not my, ahem - path in life...lol..

      i keep stumbling down paths i didn't have to take - but did!

      Regrets are for the timid!

      Bravo to you for sucking the life out of life, Bill-bro!

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wonderful writing Bill. Thank you for this. Loved the last part

      "I wish you happiness on your own personal walk. May your personal stumbles be less harsh in the future, and may you always find satisfaction in the very act of walking"

      You are too kind. Hope you are having a good weekend. :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, those urges....I am constantly fighting them because I am constantly convinced there is more I NEED to do.....push and pull....give and take....reality and dreams.....but never regrets. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, I suppose that paved road has its advantages....but it seems oh so boring to me. LOL Life is too short to play it safe my dear, and I know you understand that all too well.

      Have a great weekend and as always, thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dahlia, I am having a good weekend my dear, and I hope the same for you. Thank you!

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      "Life is a learning gig. “If you ain’t learning then you ain’t growing.” I would have loved your grandmother.

      There are smart people in the world and then there are wise people in the world. I chose the later and learn from everyone including you, Bill, on this day in May of 2013! Bless you, Kathi

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathi, I suspect you would have liked my grandmothers. Wisdom does not come cheap. One has to pay their dues before true wisdom arrives, and that lady paid her dues.

      Thank you my friend and have a great Sunday!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I have always taken that quiet little path myself. I have always seen something new that wasn't on that paved road. Or at least I looked at it.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I like this walk of life. I have been down some rough roads, and have wandered into the dark forests, but I made my way to a very beautiful back road. The bad times in my life are what help me to appreciate the good. And everything is a learning experience, although some come much harder than others. I have learned to savor the pleasant moments even when the road is bumpy, and it keeps me fairly happy.

      I may not always know where the road is going to lead me, but it sure is an adventure to find out!

      Thanks for this "Moment With Bill" segment. They are so enjoyable! I like the quotes, and everything in between. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Mine had been great, although I didn't get everything done that I meant to. Have a great evening!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, as long as it isn't a figment of your imagination then all is well my friend. There is always better scenery on the alternative path.

      Thanks my friend and have a great week ahead.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, I'm glad you had a good weekend. Ours was good as well although I didn't seem to get half of my to do list done. Sigh! Things always take longer to do than I anticipate. :)

      Thanks a bunch my friend. I appreciate you greatly.

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

      What a beautiful treat it is to read your hubs and this too is no exception. I know I go by my gut feeling when walking a path knowing fully well that I may encounter road blocks and may stumble but I gain strength from the fact that I try not to trample over someone in pursuit of my aim.

      Getting up after stumbling gives me renewed strength and every fall is a lesson.

      Excellent write as always and very useful lessons.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, thank you! Hubs like this one are where my heart is as a writer. I appreciate your kind words my friend and may you always choose the best path for you.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good morning Billy

      I have known for some time you are a kindred spirit. Marching to the beat of a drum that others cannot hear has been the way my life has unfolded and continues to unfold. My family has always teased me about being one who flies by the seat of her pants...it just has always been the way of things for me.

      And yes, within each of us is the good and the not so good` and the voice of reason and that 'other' one...and like you sometimes I listen to the one I should and sometimes not...Try as I may I know I do not always measure up...but I guess that is what keeps me going, at least in part.

      It is good to be back and reading but I know it will take a while before I am completely back. have a most wondrous and lovely day...Angels are on the way ps

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning PS, and it's good to have you back. As for the different path....my family knew before I did that I had a hard time following the comfortable road....and it took me years to embrace my own path...but now I wouldn't have it any other way.

      Blessings and a hug for you this fine day

      bill

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      All of this awesome advice , the gift is being in our moment ! Thats it isn't it!.....+++++

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ahorseback, that's it indeed. Thanks for the visit my new friend.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Ah, the road less traveled - it has been my mantra for most of my life and I will not change. I have become accustomed to being a black sheep, the outcast, the odd one, and I am okay with that. Still, it is good to be connected to like-minded souls and that has been te gift of finding Hubpages. Another great reminder Bill that it is okay to be "us" and that we, who have chosen a different road, also have purpose and meaning to our walk. Awesome!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, Kindred, we definitely have a purpose and meaning.....sometimes it takes awhile to figure out what they are. LOL So glad I found you my friend.

      Have a peaceful week.

      bill

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Good evening billybuc.

      Admirably fine, excellent. You left me speechless again. .. Primeraly for my inadequacy of English vocabulary to express myself at the level acceptable, secondly of the content of power and the truth life's journey, you are describing the life of yours so vividly and truthfully , so much similarity to mine , on the road less traveled, which though never understood, continued because of that voice small often times not understood , and still followed. (I try to say some, anyway ).

      In this your article, as well as others I've red , there is this tell and show of your life sometime called " preached" , the way you are implementing " scripture " without injecting in chapter and verse. In my hunger to know what direction to go - not asking why - the ' voice' led me to your writings , now beginning to see ' why" . You are first to know that you're having here a confession of one who first time touched a computer at 77 a year ago, refusing to do so for thirty years earlier, when the first came into our house. Around that time my writing activity stopped, at the point when my focus went to manual from intellectual... Two of my masters vere not helpful in construction neither the level of the language, since I was now using at least three on a dayly basis. ..

      Now I beg you and all you beautiful people , for admitting me to stay close to your group, to get on track which started when at eleven, my first poem was published... That was loooong time ago in Slovak language, which has perhaps a third of words in literal use comparing to the English. . . It's to my great pleasure to be able to copy and memories these awesome thoughts , phrases and sentences of yours, the things which were inside of me never able to express. Learning of my comments, many responding authors encouraged me to continue , which is extremely great feeling of belonging again.. . Being part of the family large and harmonious as an organ consisting of number of pipes performing most beautiful musig olthoug rearly used tiny pipe on the right side of the keyboard . ( Certinly, I hope and believe , that my time to write my story on HP will come, after preparation time graduation.)

      Thank you billybuc.

      Votin up awesome an useful.

      May the Lord God Almighty bless, protect and prosper you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, what a beautiful comment my friend. You have served your time....it is time to let that passion come out and escape in your writings. Your story is worth telling so that others may learn...that is why I write the way I do, so that others may learn from my life. Otherwise, I am not sure what the purpose of life would be....we live, we love, we pass on lessons.....that is what we humans do.

      Blessings to you my friend.

      bill

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