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How To Live A Simple Life and Enjoy It Daily

Updated on February 27, 2013

See the smile a-waitin' in the kitchen, food cookin' and the plates for two.
Feel the arms that reach out to hold me, in the evening when the day is through
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“Summer Breeze” lyrics by Seals and Croft

RANDOM THOUGHTS

I blame Karl Marx for this whole mess that we call capitalism.

Henry David Thoreau is my personal god with regards to consumerism.

The television show “The Waltons” is my idea of what America should look like.

Welcome to the Simple Life!

Good night John Boy! Good night Mary Ellen! Good night Ma! Good night Pa!

Yes, like Rascal Flatts, I miss Mayberry, and I’m doing my damndest to return to those days.

“(Well) I miss Mayberry
Sitting on the porch drinking
Ice cold Cherry Coke
Where everything is black and white
Picking on a six string
Where people pass by and you call
Them by their first name
Watching the clouds roll by
Bye, bye”

Our simple home.
Our simple home. | Source

THE BEGINNING OF TROUBLE RIGHT HERE IN RIVER CITY

Would you like to lay blame on someone’s doorstep? Well then open your front door and drop it there, folks, because there is nobody to blame but ourselves. In truth, this thing called consumerism has been around since the ancient days of Babylon.

The term, though, came into play in 1960 when it first appeared in the Oxford Dictionary. Consumerism was then defined as “an emphasis on or preoccupation with the acquisition of consumer goods.”

Sound familiar? It should because it is all around us. Corporations continue to rack up huge profits because of our love of consumerism. Historically the term finds its roots back in the 17th Century when there is reference to a rising middle class that was preoccupied with purchasing to excess.

Where is that middle class now? It is shrinking at best and quite possibly soon to disappear from the American scene. At least back in the 17th Century you had to pay with cash to acquire goods. That must have really cramped the style of those who had limited incomes. No worries! By the early 20th Century we had solved that little problem by introducing installment buying. You know, buy now and pay later! Give us ten bucks, we’ll give you a product worth $150, and you can make monthly payments until you pay the full amount of $180. That idea sounded good to millions of hard-working folks who wanted a taste of the good life but could not afford it, and in theory everything would be fine as long as those hard-working folks had the money for those future payments and as long as their jobs were kept and incomes adjusted to inflation.

Oops! There’s a fly in the ointment! What happens when the jobs disappear and income does not keep pace with inflation? Well, what happens is the year 1929 (did I say 1929? I meant to say 2013…silly me) and an economy that just can’t seem to right itself no matter how many times the government makes adjustments.

Good night John Boy! Goodbye Mayberry! Hello the United States of the Rich!

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WELCOME TO THE SIMPLE LIFE

I honestly have nothing against the rich, or for that matter the upper-middle class. I do not understand the extravagant spending but I don’t dislike them because of it. I do not understand the theory that bigger is better, and I don’t subscribe to the old saying that he who has the most toys wins. I think that kind of spending is ridiculous and total nonsense, but to each their own and let God sort it out in the end.

I shake my head at those who still use credit cards, because I know from personal experience the folly of that way of thinking. I am confused by those who think money buys happiness as if there could ever be a price tag on peace of mind.

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.” Thoreau

Now that kind of thinking I understand. I have totally embraced the simple life. I have bought into the economic concept of “needs vs wants” and I now have my own little house in Mayberry.

What does our house look like? Well, it’s nothing special from the outside. It’s just your standard post-WWII three-bedroom rambler, less than 2,000 square feet, with paint peeling and repairs mounting. It is showing its years, but despite its age it still protects us from the elements and keeps us warm at night.

Inside, though, is where the real story exists. Inside you will find Bev and I, and Bev’s daughter Allora, and from time to time one of our other kids, and of course three dogs and a cat, and it all adds up to love and family and contentment. Yes the walls have insulation, and the windows have weather-stripping, but the real warmth is provided by the love in this house. If you were to walk in right now you would be greeted by smiles and welcoming words. You would share with us a modest meal and the air would be filled with laughter and friendship.

You see, we are happy with our lives. We want for nothing and we have everything we need. Of course there are times when money is tight and we wonder how we are going to make the next utility payment, but we always find a way. We cut back when we have to, and when we have a little excess we have a small celebration, and life is damn good.

Pretty simple philosophy
Pretty simple philosophy | Source

A RECIPE FOR THE SIMPLE LIFE

I can hear the questions. How do you get the simple life? How do we return to the days of old when life wasn’t so hectic and there were fewer demands on our time? Well my friends, I have a very simple recipe for you to follow.

· Take one cup of common sense

· Mix it with an equal measure of self-control

· Toss in a dollop of need

· Strain out any excess want

· Sprinkle on a healthy layer of willingness

· Bake until done in an oven of love

And it’s that simple!

A Moment With Bill

NO IT’S NOT FOR EVERYONE

Honestly, I can’t see Bill Gates giving up his mansion in Medina and joining the rest of us at Goodwill, but he will have to live with that choice. As for me, I’m as rich as Mr. Gates and twice as happy. I know the good life when I see it and I’m not giving it up.

If you are ever in the neighborhood drop on by and visit with us. We will be the family sitting on the front porch drinking our ice cold Cherry Cokes and smiling our asses off.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      For the average person in America, getting your needs met isn't too difficult. All of a sudden, your "wants" become "needs" and that plastic is all too easy to whip out for a few dollars here and there (and it's simple to justify: this is a great deal, we "need" this product or bigger house or newer car). Before you know it, it's five years down the road and you're paying for stuff you've long since thrown out. I've had to rewire my brain to think about purchases and get rid of those credit cards for good (we sold the car and paid them off--what an awesome feeling!). It's hard to do! Spending more time enjoying the free things in life--family, nature, the kindness of strangers--helps you to forget about the things you don't have. Well, I'm rambling again.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      No it may not be for everyone, but you made it your very own with you, Bev and your family. That is all that matter!! Have of course voted up and shared all over!!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      What an awesome hub, you really do make it all sound perfect. I would happily strip back to a simple life as soon as I have managed to get my own little home. I have no dreams of being rich and famous, I just wish to have a home, my hubby (maybe a kid or 2) my bunnies (and a dog some day) and just not be constantly stressed by the thoughts of money, or see my hubby work himself to the bone in a very unthankful job! I'm sure I will have my simple(r) life one day.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Hey, at least Bill Gates gives a lot to scholarships and charity! =p

      I haven't heard of that TV show but, as you know, I don't have a TV. Maybe if I'm every staying at a hotel or something I'll look it up!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      How sad it is that our wants have overshadowed our needs. Simple life is just that simply living...not worrying about paying the bills...how scary is it that 64% of working Americans are so close to debt! Do we like paying bills? My husband long ago did away with our credit cards. Don't get me wrong, we learned the hard way they weren't a good thing, but they've been gone for years and lo and behold we've survived!

      Your simple life philosophy is what this country needs to stay afloat. Love and family are what's important. God bless you and Bev.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      It is deciphering the difference between needs and wants and for some people that is a challenge. We are somewhere in between and I do think we spend wrong sometimes and have in the past. I think the simplicity of enjoying life is where its at. We all have issues and problems so our life is designed. WHen I read your hubs on simple living I want to follow suit. Lots of good influence. Voting up, sharing on Facebook all around..This is too good not to spread the work.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, you can ramble here any old time my dear. I always smile when you stop by. Yes, changing our spending habits is difficult. It only took me about thirty years to figure it out. LOL

      Thank you Birthday Girl!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I had no doubt that you would understand this; you have your priorities straight.

      Thank you my friend and have a great Monday!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Daisy, I have no doubt that you will. Your goals are simple and attainable and I hope they come true sooner rather than later. Thank you my friend. You are a good person with a good head on your shoulders.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Natasha, actually I'm a big Bill Gates fan. I live about sixty minutes from him and hear about his humanitarian acts quite often. His wife is the driving force and I think she is fantastic.

      We don't have a tv either and I love it.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I will never go back to the old life. it was all very sick and driven by want and it is no way to live. I love my life as I know you love yours, and aren't we the lucky ones?

      Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Carol! I really appreciate you always taking the time to support me. This is obviously a cause I believe strongly in. There is great happiness to be had by living this lifestyle, and I can't help but think society would be much better if it were learning in this direction rather than in the consumerism direction.

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      Old Poolman 4 years ago

      Bill, another awesome piece of advice from one of my favorite authors.

      In your hub you mentioned the use of Credit Cards. I am a firm believer that it is this "easy credit" that has many individuals and families in the terrible financial shape they live with today. Back in the day when we had to save for months to buy our latest "want," we often found that when we had saved up the required amount of money we no longer even wanted that item.

      It could also be that when we looked back at how hard we had worked to accumulate those savings, the value of the item we thought we wanted just didn't add up.

      I have a daughter who through a series of circumstances was forced to declare bankruptcy. Immediately following the courts granting of this bankruptcy, her mailbox was packed with Credit Card offers from all the different companies.

      One of my friends is the president of a local bank. I asked him how they could offer Credit Cards to someone who had just been granted bankruptcy. His answer blew me away. "Because the individual who was granted bankruptcy is now debt free, they are considered a good risk for a new Credit Card."

      My simple mind will just not accept the logic in this, but that is the way it works.

      We have now built a trap into our economy. If all Credit Cards went away overnight, many business's would fail and the unemployment numbers would be staggering. We blame the government for borrowing, and borrowing, and borrowing, yet many individuals and families live off Credit Cards.

      Many don't even understand that if all they ever pay the Credit Card company is the minimum amount, they will never pay off that debt in their entire lifetime.

      And that is just the way I see it.

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

      Excellent piece here. Give me a party line phone any day. And if you could a straight six engine with a carborator. (spell check does not even know that word ;-)

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Awesome! I sometimes dream about my childhood when life was so simple. No electricity, no TV, no ref but happy playing in the empty street during full moon with the neighbours children. Just enough food to eat but happy. Everybody was contented until the TV came and showed us the things we should need and should buy.

      I don´t understand why people who are bankrupt are still able to get a credit in a bank. Thanks for sharing Bill. Enjoy your simple life with your family.

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      Dreamer at heart 4 years ago from Northern California

      Great hub about contentment with family and home. I remember the joys of the country life where you could enjoy the simplicity of the seasonal changes and growing a garden. In my heart of hearts I am seeking a place of my own like that again. It of course must be trimmed with family and friends too.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poolman, your words are true and I agree with everything that you wrote. Credit is killing this country, but your point about shutting down credit cards is valid. This nation's economy is built on credit and that's just the reality of the world we live in.

      I declared bankruptcy twenty years ago and the same thing happened to me. My mail was flooded with credit card offers.

      Thank you for a great comment. I always look forward to reading your view of life.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric...carborator? What the hell is that? LOL I'm with you buddy; the straight six was a great engine.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thelma, Old Poolman answered your question about credit cards. As for the simple life of our childhoods, I have found it again and it is fantastic. :) thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      starstream, you have painted a beautiful picture. I hope you realize that goal soon. Thank you!

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      MarloByDesign 4 years ago from United States

      I agree with your philosophies (great hub!), except one - I use credit cards, but pay them off every month. It works for our family.

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      Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Your ideas are great. I will assume it works better if you own your home free and clear. The simple life beckons to me but then I'm only a few years from retirement and just not interested in owning everything that comes out.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlo, if it works for your family then great. Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Angelo, actually we don't own our home free and clear, but housing costs are always a part of the discussion. In three years, though, we will be out from under the mortgage payment, and then life is really going to get simple. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, you have read my mind! So often my thoughts, and the things that I do as far as consumerism goes, harken back to my grandparents and parents. The 50's were my kind of years--simple, satisfying, togetherness; those words spring to mind, and I long for this society to return to that time. But until it does (LOL), I'll do my best to live modestly, simply and happily without a mansion or yacht! Great job as always my friend. Voted Up across the board.

      Pearl

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      You know I'm right there with you and trying to simplify my life even more. I love the simple life because it is, well.....simple!!!! Great hub! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stephanie....LOL...that's a great reason to love the simple life. Thank you for the chuckle and the read.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, I could have substituted your name for mine and the message would have been the same. I love to read your comments because they tell me I'm on the right path. Thank you my friend!

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Billybuc the simple life is the way to go because if you do ever get anything worthwhile someone always takes it anyways. So enjoy the sunrise the sunsets of life because those are what is important . We should not be a collector of things. Stuff has no worth so rob me blind people.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzzycue, that was a great line...someone always takes it anyways. How true is that? Thank you for the visit and I'm glad you are enjoying the sunrises.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      When I was a young kid temporarily living in NJ with my family, I recall the corner drugstore with the soda fountain. There were cherry and vanilla cokes and cherry vanilla ice cream that the druggist made. Now THAT was a slice of heaven. What happened to that?

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      I grew up in the '50s and '60s and yes that was an easier life. In the '70s, Carla Emery's book on Country Living was my favorite book. I worked and worked at a self sufficiency, but we still haven't completely reached it, but we are getting there. I'll never raise our meat though. My husband will be able to retire in a couple of years and then I hope we have the simple life.

      From starting poor when we were young, we've learned to live with very little. I hope that young people read this and learn a bit about it too.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, we actually still have a couple corner drugstores that have the original soda fountains.....so cool to stop by there when I'm in the area and get a cherry coke. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, being poor at an early age was kind of an advantage, wasn't it? Living a simple lifestyle is just a matter of remembering when we were kids and duplicating it. Thank you for stopping by again.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a great hub - as always - but my favorite part is your recipe for a simple life. That's something that I should post in my home so I can read it frequently! I love the Thoreau quote too.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Alicia! I thought the recipe was pretty clever considering I thought of it. LOL

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      When you grow up poor and need assistance from the government, you remember. I know i do, but it taught me one thing. I don't need a mansion to live in and i don't need all the latest gadgets, but i do need to feel secure. I miss Mayberry. I still watch the reruns. Great topic Bill. Thank you...

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      This reminds me of my classes today. We are imerssed in Steinbeck at the moment. OF Mice and Men with my juniors and The Grapes of Wrath with my seniors. We looked at an excerpt from his essay today entitled "What's happening to America?" He wrote it 1949, but it could have been yesterday. History repeats. Voted up.

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      NicoleAnn 4 years ago from Illinois

      way to go on this HUB. I especially love the recipe for a simple life. Back to the basics, i can relate to some examples you given here. Not easy but can be done-awesome!

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

      Bill, it is a pleasure rediscovering the simple pleasures of life. And money certainly can get no one to appreciate that. You have a very simple and straightforward recipe for simple living. Just awesome, my friend.

      Voted up, beautiful and awesome. Shared.

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      Nancy McClintock 4 years ago from Southeast USA

      Great hub. I love the simple life too. Thank you so much for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, growing up poor taught us some valuable lessons. I think everyone should be poor once in their life. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donnah, that is almost sad. Some things never seem to change, or we never seem to learn valuable lessons. Thanks for sharing that.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nicole, thank you and yes, it can be done. We are living proof of it, but it wasn't easy getting here. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rajan! I enjoyed writing that recipe. Makes sense, does it not?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nancy, thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate it.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      billybuc, this was quite an enjoyable read. Even though I'm a California girl, I do enjoy the simple joys of living. When I visit my husbands family every year in Florence, AL, then that's what I call the simple life. Filled with family, small town, good eats and great people. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      You are wise indeed and truly blessed for you have realized - " As for me, I’m as rich as Mr. Gates and twice as happy. I know the good life when I see it and I’m not giving it up." Great words and thoughts. Voted up.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      billybuc,

      nice article you have here on living simple lifes.

      i do feel sometimes that one can get caught up in the fast life

      of always finishing this task or that without slowly down because they choose

      not to slow down or cause they can't take the time to slow down and actually

      appreciate life. thanks for the suggestions.

      voted up

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Ah yes, life was easier back then. Or it would have been if I lived with caring adults. Life.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Well my friends, I have a very simple recipe for you to follow.

      · Take one cup of common sense

      · Mix it with an equal measure of self-control

      · Toss in a dollop of need

      · Strain out any excess want

      · Sprinkle on a healthy layer of willingness

      · Bake until done in an oven of love

      And it’s that simple!

      It really is that simple isn't it Billy my dear friend.I am days behind in my reading but how nice it is to be able to pick up another hub of yours and to be able to relate 100%.Oh how I repeat myself daily but it is what I feel so I shall probably repeat myself forevermore.

      Have a wonderful day my dear friend.

      Eddy.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I can feel the warmth and see the smiles coming through your words. Very nice!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Careermommy, thank you so much for the visit. I'm glad you enjoyed this and I'm glad you have a chance to sample the simple life in Alabama.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, I am for sure a blessed man. Life is good. Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Torrilynn, you are welcome and thank you for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, adults do make a difference don't they? Sometimes good, sometimes bad, but always a difference. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, it's good to have you back after a weekend of play and family. Thank you for the visit; I know you understand this hub quite well.

      love on this cloudy day,

      billy

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, very nice indeed my dear. I see no reason to leave this life. :) Thank you!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Sounds like Heaven. I can wait to back to basics. We're getting there though. We're getting there.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, it takes time my friend, but it is worth the journey. :) thank you and I hope you are doing well.

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Bill....This one is a five-star hub! I like the photo of your happy home. It's not a McMansion, but it looks cozy, and I love the picket fence. A home is much more than the building in which a family resides, but too many people don't get that, just as they don't get that buying, buying, buying can't make them happy.

      Keep spreading this message, Bill. For every convert to the simple life, there is less being wasted and going to landfills.

      Voted Up+++++ and shared

      Jaye

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, thank you! This is a happy home and it all begins with love....and there ain't no price tag on love. :)

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Another great hub on keeping life simple. I honestly believe that if everyone really understood that happiness is not found in materialism, their lives would be so much easier and richer. Voted up, useful and sharing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mperrottet, I believe that as well, but there are a great many people who just don't get it. All I can do it keep singing the praises of the simple life and hope others see the wisdom in it.

      Thank you for the visit.

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      January Moon 4 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

      The simple life is looking really good to me these days, less stress, no worries, just pure relaxation and enjoyment, great tips, voted up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cherrycrime, I'm glad you liked this. Thanks for stopping by and good luck finding the simple life.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Bill, I love this hub! I love your home too. It's like a picture I've seen in my mind of what a happy home should look like. Yours, is a home full of love and it says so as much on the outside as it does within. Now, you have finally helped me understand why so many struggle with living simple. The answer is in your "recipe" for a simple life. The majority of society wouldn't recognize the ingredients if they were on the supermarket shelf with gigantic signs attached. Awesome quotes, awesome thoughts, and like you, I'm all about Mayberry and the Waltons.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I had fun writing that recipe and I suspect you are right...most people wouldn't recognize "simple" if they tripped over it. :) Thanks you my friend. The light is always on and we'll be waiting for a visit from you.

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      Joy 4 years ago from United States

      These are great tips.

      I must call this life a busy life.. A busy life with joy

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      joym7, a busy life with joy! What a great description. Thank you for that.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Absolutely am a simple-lifer...the sad truth is those who do subscribe to the theory that those who have the most toys wins do not know what they are missing. They on the other hand are feeling sorry for us!!! How truly sad.

      Life is about so much more than THINGS.. as we know. I admit, and am ashamed to admit, that I went through the whole get more, buy more, want more mentality. That was decades ago thank goodness. I woke up and found that life was not about how much STUFF I had..and boy, did that take a load off of my back and my mind...and actually it fine-tuned my soul.

      Another good day for me that I stopped by to visit..

      Sending you many Angels this afternoon :) ps

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, it's always a great day to visit and I thank you. Hey, I once owned a Porsche! What the hell do I need a Porsche for? LOL But I was young and had money and thought why not spend it on a toy? Sold it nine months afterwards and bought an economy compact and that's the direction I have gone ever since.

      Thank you for those ever-present angels. They are appreciated.

      bill

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Yeppie...when we lived in Japan, I bought every THING I could haul home. Why???? Hello...what was I thinking....somehow I got the message though...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You and me both, PS! :) I'm sure the Japanese appreciated your spending. LOL

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      NicoleAnn 4 years ago from Illinois

      I have to keep coming back, to get my basics back in order:) Inspiring and excellent reference when you lose sight of how simple things are and majority of the wants get in the way. love this hub.....I really enjoy the simple life which creates less stress and wallet havoc..thank you for keeping me in check. happy hubbing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nicole, it was my pleasure. I think we all need reminders from time to time. Life is too hectic and it is easy to get swept away by it. :) Thank you!

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      NicoleAnn 4 years ago from Illinois

      no thank you billy! shared this ..

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and again, Nicole! By the way, Nicole is one of my favorite names. :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Sadly a lot of people always want to have bigger and better things. It's what got us into this mess to begin with. People buying things they can't afford. This country, and others, are in a real mess because they can't live simply.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, i don't know what it is going to take for some people to wake up and smell the roses. I know we have and we love our lives. :) Thank you!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is another great installment in your simple living series. I understand your hankering for gentler, simpler times. I have learned a lot living in Peru; that a person can be rich in time, rich in friendships and that money doesn't lead happiness. More often than not, a lot of money leads to unhappiness. Peru's economy is booming right now, the middle class is getting larger and consumerism is also on the rise. I just hope the country won't follow in the footsteps of more industrialized countries. Time will tell.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vespa, I was just going to say that Peru is headed for trouble if the economy is booming. :) You saw what happened in the U.S. when consumerism ran unchecked. I hope Peru learned from history.

      Thank you as always!

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      ketage 4 years ago from Croatia

      Simple life sounds like heaven to me, great hub

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ketage, it is heaven for us and I love every minute of it. Thank you!

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