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Living Simple: Five Steps Towards A Simple Life Installment Eight

Updated on November 9, 2012

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Recently the citizens of the United States voted for President, as well as many other political positions and ballot measures. I, of course, voted, for I believe that if I’m not part of the process I have no business complaining.

I woke up on Election Day with the realization that it really makes no difference who was elected with regards to my lifestyle. All of the campaign promises about the economy and taxes, foreign policy and other issues, have very little effect on me or the way I live, and that is because I am now living the simple life. I have boiled my life down to the lowest common needs, namely food, shelter, and love, and I have made sure that I can survive whatever comes down the political or economic road in the years to come.

That, my friends, is freedom!

I have received a great many comments on these “Living Simple” articles, and occasionally I will get a comment that almost seems defensive in nature, as though the writer somehow thinks that I am judging those who do not embrace simple living. That simply is not the case, and I felt the need to mention that at this time. I don’t care at all if any of you decide to Live Simple. It does not affect me in the least. My job, as a writer, is to give you information about topics, and in this case I give you information about a lifestyle that is working quite well for me. If you do not choose to follow, then God bless you and I wish you a happy life.

I do not care if you own four cars and live in a 5,000 square foot home, nor do I care if you spend thousands of dollars on the latest electronic gadgets and have lavish parties. It is your life and I wish you well! I am simply pointing out an alternative way of living; if you think it sounds like something you could embrace then jump on board. Live and let live is one of my personal mantras, and it certainly applies in this case.

Today I am going to talk more about the philosophy of Simple Living. This lifestyle is not just about saving money and becoming self-sufficient. It is also about changing our lives so that we can focus on that which is truly important in life. What follows are five personal philosophies that keep me, and others, on track as we try to simplify our lives.

My vision of the simple life.
My vision of the simple life. | Source

Acceptance is the key to all of my problems

ACCEPTANCE

I can hear you asking what in the world acceptance has to do with living simple, and it is a fair question.

I have control over myself….period! I have no control over what you do, or what my son does, or what the governor of Washington does, or what the CEO of a major corporation does. In fact, if I were to start listing all the things I have no control over, I fear I would still be listing things for decades into the future.

Acceptance recognizes this fact, and allows me to live my life free of the angst that is caused by feeling powerless. I am not powerless at all when it comes to the things that matter in my life. I have control over my financial situation. I have control over my home, my job, and my security. Things will happen outside of my circle of life that I cannot control and I am fine with that, and because I am fine, I have peace of mind!

The economy could tank tomorrow and it would not affect me so adversely that I could not carry on, and since that is the truth, why should I fret over what is happening with the economy? I enjoy peace of mind; anything that detracts from my peace of mind I do not enjoy. I have found that the more accepting I am of life around me, the more relaxed I am and the happier I am. I think I’ll keep doing that which is working. Seems pretty simple to me!

SERVICE

I believe that we are approaching a time in our history where it is going to be very important for communities to come together, and work together, for a better way of life. I have written often about the need to meet your neighbors and become each other’s guardians and support system.

I have had it with the political scene. What happens in Washington D.C., or London, or Tokyo, no longer interests me. For me, what is happening in my home and in my community is all I can concern myself with, and if more people felt that way then we could build strong communities, and branch out until we had an inter-connecting system of communities, all strong, all healthy, and all working together.

One way to insure a strong community is by doing service for that community. Whether it be helping an elderly neighbor with yardwork, or volunteering at a Food Bank, every act of service strengthens my community. I cannot solve the problems in Philadelphia or Houston, but I can sure be a part of the solution in Olympia’s Northeast Neighborhood.

WILLINGNESS

In the year 2012, Living Simple is a radical idea. I understand that, and I also understand if someone considers it too radical. In order to live this lifestyle, it takes a willingness to change. Considering the fact that the average household in the United States has three televisions, the notion of not owning a television will certainly seem bizarre to many Americans. It takes some serious willingness to say goodbye to television.

For that matter, it takes serious willingness to say goodbye to credit cards and excessive spending; to do so is to buck a trend that has been growing for decades.

However, any change takes willingness, does it not? To go on a diet takes willingness; to begin an exercise program takes willingness, and to become a parent takes willingness.

Those of us who are embracing Living Simple are willing to change our lifestyles in order to have peace of mind and a degree of serenity. We are giving up excess and receiving tranquility! Not a bad exchange if you ask me!

HUMILITY

What is the opposite of humility? If you said ego you would be correct. So what does humility have to do with living simple?

The best definition for humility I have ever seen is, “perpetual quietness of heart.” That beautifully describes living simple for me. I am at peace when my life is broken down to the lowest common denominator. When I only concern myself with my well-being and the well-being of my loved ones, my mind and heart are at rest.

When, however, my ego enters the picture, all bets are off. When I want more money, more possessions, more trappings of the good life (all fed by ego by the way) I can feel myself moving further and further away from serenity and peace of mind.

Today I am a simple person. I have simple needs. Food for the body; love for the soul; these are the things I need, and everything else is just so much baloney!

COMMITMENT

We have spoken about the willingness it takes to adopt a simple lifestyle; however, willingness alone will not get you to the Promised Land. To complete that trip, one needs to commit to a complete lifestyle change.

Need vs want….that is, in fact, what it all boils down to. What do I need and what do I want For those of us who have adopted this lifestyle, we completely understand what we need, and we are committed to living a life that is conducive to having our needs met. We are also committed to living a life that is free of angst and worry caused by excess and too much want.

A diet plan is worthless if you do not commit to it; a lifestyle change like simplicity is worthless if you are only going to give it lip service. Commit and it shall happen!

Sometimes clueless in Olympia
Sometimes clueless in Olympia | Source

I DON’T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS

I have been asked by some friends how one goes about achieving this simple lifestyle if the bills and obligations are just too much; in other words, if the mortgage and credit card bills are so much that you can’t get out of debt, then how do you put yourself in a position to live simply? If you have five kids and just the food and utility bills are so high that you are living from paycheck to paycheck, how do you cut back on work and cut back on bills?

I don’t have an answer! I wish I did, but I don’t. This lifestyle, which I live daily, is not going to work for everyone. Years of debt accumulation cannot be erased overnight. Few people can quit their job and declare themselves a writer like I did, and then hope for the best financially.

However, that does not mean that the rest of the Living Simple philosophy cannot be adopted. I personally think that society is out of control. There is too much running around and too much simple enjoyment missed while running around. We need to slow up and smell the proverbial roses, and we need to get back to some basic values.

In a perfect world we would all make a commitment to our community, and strengthen the bonds with our fellow citizens. In a perfect world we would all help one another and reach out a hand of help to those who need it.

In a perfect world we would all take a deep breath and learn to live simply!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Highvoltage, for sure it is hard if you are tied into the material; luckily I never was, so moving to frugal was a piece of cake.

      Thank you!

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      William Benner 4 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Living simple is the best way but it is hard to do with the obsessions people have with material things...Great Hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I never had a doubt. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I didn't deem myself 'Bravewarrior' unfoundedly. I always come out in the end. Always!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your son, Sha, and bless you always. I wish I had the answers for your predicament but I don't. All I know to do is one step at a time, one shovel full at a time. It is a slow process but at least it is moving forward in a positive manner.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, you are so right. I am one of those who still has 11 years left on the mortgage and credit card debt out the ass. Since quitting my well paying job in favor of becoming a starving writer, I am making daily changes.

      This Thanksgiving I was going to cook a pork roast for my son and myself because that's what I have on hand. He just 30 minutes ago presented me with a ham given to him by his new employer (a Nissan dealership!). We will now have ham and I will make scalloped potatoes and a green I already have in the fridge. I will bake a pumpkin pie. The point is, my son respects my need to live frugally. Too bad some of your readers don't get the concept.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and Bev, Bill! I will think of you when I'm cooking this Thursday!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jamie my friend, I cry every single time I watch that video....the guy is remarkable!

      As for your other comment, my problem is the opposite....a lot of action and very little thinking. LOL I kid you not; I just dive in and then spend considerable time cleaning up the mess afterwards. If we could combine you and I we would be dynamite. LOL

      Thank you Jamie; I always appreciate you stopping by.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Bill- I like what you said about willingness and commitment. Just today I re-watched the video of Arthur Boorman story that you shared a while back.. now that is willingness, commitment and action at it's finest. I don't know that man but I love him and that video makes me cry every time. My thing is action. Taking action. I do a lot of thinking but rarely take the action. Drives me nuts sometimes! I have to make the decision and then follow through... why it seems so hard to do sometimes is beyond me... I guess I just make it harder than it really is in my head. Anyway, great hub as always... thank you for sharing :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Louisa! Sometimes I think I am too passionate about issues like the ones you mentioned; not good for my serenity. :)

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      Louisa Rogers 5 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      OK, I see what you mean, and think that's very smart thinking, -- which I should do more of!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Louisa, I think people misunderstand my views on politics. I'm interested and engaged, but I have also put myself in a position that no matter what our leaders do with regards to the economy, it really doesn't affect me that much. I don't trust our economy one bit, so I'm protecting myself and my family from the ever-shifting policies that come out of D.C.

      Thank you my friend and have a great day.

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      Louisa Rogers 5 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      Hi Bill, thanks for your spot-on thinking. I love the idea of acceptance. 'Powerless' is not a dirty word in my vocabulary; it actually comes as a relief to me sometimes! I share much of what you value-- like you, simplicity is my watchword. To take one example, I rarely wear make-up, it's expensive (and for me) complicated to figure out, and the whole idea of it is so antithetical to my values. A future hub!

      I'm not 100% with you on Washington. There are laws on the books I long to change (more gun control, less capital punishment, less three strikes), and laws under threat that I want to protect (the right to abortion). I'm with Thomas Jefferson that "eternal vigilance is the price of democracy."

      Thanks for stimulating my thinking!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I truly believe that! Many people think they can't do anything, when all it takes is each person committing to improving their neighborhood and community. This can be done, one person at a time.

      Thank you my dear and have a great week!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am catching this just before heading to bed and glad I have this positive reflection to dream about. It is a basic foundation for living a simple and happy lifestyle. I like your suggestion to become a neighbor, this is what will help to turn our communities around and give them hope. Voted up and across.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, I would be disappointed if you did not sign off that way. I count on it! :)

      I struggle with the political process. Bev and I were talking yesterday about who would be running for President in 2016, and we both agreed there is not one politician who instills in us a feeling of hope. That is so terribly sad. I want someone to run who makes me feel as though things will get better, and not one out there has that ability. Maybe someone will rise to the top, but I sure don't see them. If so, they have my vote for sure.

      Simplicity for me, Beckie, is a matter of life and death. I had to cut my life down to bare essentials so that I could discover what was truly important. I react to pain; it may be my greatest teacher. :)

      Thank you dear lady; may the wind always be at your back and may the road rise up to meet you.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, and I would agree.....you seem to have your life down to the important things and nothing more. What a wonderful way to live; I wouldn't trade my life for anyone's at this point, and I feel freedom as never before.

      Thank you my UK friend; you are appreciated.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I commend you for achieving something so many of us sometimes only dream of. I am often judged by my physical appearance. Just for the record, I am not out shopping, purchasing the latest cloths, shoes and jewelry. I can not remember the last time I bought something for myself. I am not spending my hard earned money on endless dinners out at the latest restaurant and spend the majority of my free time handling my homes acreage or visiting with others.

      That being said, I do worry about the state of the economy. Although I considered myself less absorbed in material things, the future involves myself and everyone around me. I worry about future generations who will live a hard hard life if something doesn't change. I did my part and voted as you did, but I have to be honest...I strongly felt that although I was voting, how much did my vote really matter? And how much did it matter int he last election...look where we are now.

      I always appreciate the rare individual, such as yourself who is able to maintain a lifestyle of simplicity. Your articles often have me wondering, with my daily pressures of family, will I ever reach that level of contentment that you have.

      You are a wonderful writer Billy and your articles always ensure major thought on the subject.

      You know how I'm going to sign off but I have to write it anyway...HUGS, KISSES and WARM SKIES to Bev and yourself.

      XXOO

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Words of wisdom. I believe I took my first steps towards Simple Living when I left New York City and took up residence in a small village in England. It took a while to acclimate but now I wouldn't change it. There's less pressure to pursue material things; the people here are friendly and it's a safe environment; we only lock our doors if we're out for the day and at night.

      I still keep in touch with the world at large through newspapers and TV but those events don't really affect our life. We have a good home, decent income, smart, respectful children and strong family ties. I'd say we're set for life and are free to do as we wish.

      Brilliant hub. Voted across the board and socially shared.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, you are right of course; when I stop learning is the day they are tossing dirt over me......I owe it to myself to learn each day, and to live what I have learned.

      Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sparrow, thank you so much for stopping by and commenting.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bill....I don't think any one of us are expected to have all the answers.....but at least most of the answers and a whole lot of effort to figure out the rest.....We can discover and share and bring it all to the table. I know I've been declared exempt from your Simple Living Series, but truth is....when we stop listening and learning or exchanging ideas, we get stuck in a rut and that's NEVER good!....UP++++

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      rdsparrowriter 5 years ago

      Interesting and useful hub billy :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aurelio, you have made a fine point my friend, and one that bears remembering. Our everyday lives are affected greatly by the local decisions, and we can slowly change society one community at a time. Thank you my friend, and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, it's very nice to see you; thank you for the visit. I wish you well as you move towards this way of life. I am pretty sure that you will enjoy it greatly, as I have, and do.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, you said it far more eloquently than I, and I thank you for the almost poetic comment. Have a wonderful weekend my friend and I will be by shortly to read your latest.

      billy

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, I'm fairly certain of that my friend! Have a great weekend and thank you!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Despite the larger races getting all the hype, I believe it's the local elections that count the most because their decisions directly affect us. As you put it, they're the ones that enable the community to band together for service. It's funny that those are the elections most people ignore. Even several days after the election, I still don't know the local races. The local paper emphasizes national races. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Mary Merriment 5 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

      This is the first hub I've come across of your on living simply. I've greatly enjoyed it and am now inspired to read the others. This way of thinking and living is something I strive for on a daily basis... at least to the best of my current circumstances (what I can control in the now). Hopefully one day, I will fully reach my ideal of this. But, I do believe in letting go of as much of the useless and negative societal imprisonments as possible. Thank you for an inspiring read.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Living simply is something which I have always done;maybe at times because I had no choice but today it is because of my strong belief in living life this way.

      What is material gain???To me nothing!!!

      Of course we need money to survive but what is retail therapy ?It makes us feel better for a while but to face each day with an honest heart; to live simply and true at heart is what makes my world go round. Up up and away Billy my dear friend and have wonderful weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this. After reading this I can't help but feel we have walked different streets yet seen the same thing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crafty, I'm not sure this is a lesson we can teach kids. I tend to think people have to find this out for themselves the hard way. I know pain is a great motivator for me, whether it be physical or emotional. I wish it wasn't so but for me it was. :)

      Thank you and I hope you have a great weekend as well.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! I appreciate it greatly.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Bill, I, in no way think you are against people who have money. I know what you are talking about. People who live so ' high on the hog ' and care nothing about the people in need. Keep writing. Take care..

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      JustCrafty 5 years ago

      Billybuc I need a hub like yours to remind me that I am on the right track. I use to be one of those who had two vehichles, two tvs all the bills that go with it and now, I am satisfied with the have what I have and not stress about it.

      Too bad they didn't teach things like your hubs talk about in grammar, high school and college, then people wouldn't think that they have to keep up with the Jone's to have it all and risk loosing it all when things are mostly material and don't make anyone any better than someone who doesn't have it. You the person is who you are not what you have to flash in front of people to make them notice you.

      Just my thoughts.

      You are a motivational hubber! Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crafty, I think that is really cool. I'm not big on donating money because I'm skeptical that not every penny makes it to the needy; I must prefer donating food when I can. If I had a craft, like you, I would surely do that.

      Thank you again!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I think sometimes I come across as being against people who have money. I'm really not; this series is more about trying to get people to appreciate the important things in life; I think a lot of people have their priorities all mixed up, so I'm just ringing their bell a bit.

      Thank you for your kind words at the end of your comment. I try, Ruby...I try!

      Have a great weekend my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crafty, I hear you on that last point. It sounds to me as though you don't need this hub at all; keep on doing what you are doing and hopefully that car of yours will see 300,000 miles. :)

      Thank you for the visit and have a great weekend in Maine!

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      JustCrafty 5 years ago

      I also donate to charities by knitting, crocheting, and sewing items for other. I don't have luxuries but like to share with others what I can make inexpensively that look expensive to some.

      I don't mind donating but like to do it on my terms.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I am with you when it comes to credit cards and big lavish homes with a four car garage, some people live way beyond their means. If they can afford it, then share with others. That's what i do. I am thankful that i am able to help the Red Cross with disasters and give money to help feed those in need. I have always been a person who saved and never needed high fashion. I love to shop at The Goodwill store. I believe and hope we will see a change in Washington, more equality. Thank you Bill, you are a good man with a big heart..Cheers..

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      JustCrafty 5 years ago

      I also live without the noise of a tv. I don't let the government issues bother my life except the taxes that they take from me, I make what money, financial decision that I can live with. I have a 2002 car with 240,000 and maintain rather than buy, I don't buy hardly anything full price and rarely buy anthing other than the necessities of living and functioning.

      The election outcome will only affect me if they force me to buy health care that they made me have to drop because of the taxes that I have to pay for other people to have the luxuries that I can't have.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ptosis, thank you for the visit. If writing online makes you a minion of Hell then you have company in me. :) I have never seen a Red Tail Hawk in Carr Canyon, but I watch bald eagles fly over the Nisqually River, and that's all the entertainment I need in life.

      I hope you have a great weekend my new friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, I am convinced this is the only way to live, and I think more and more people are going to come to this realization in the next few years. I don't think things are going to get better economically, and I don't see a politician on the horizon who has my best interests at heart. So, the only recourse I have, is to take care of myself and my family.

      Thank you my friend and have a simply wonderful weekend.

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      ptosis 5 years ago from Arizona

      Great hub - to me - being able to breathe clean air in the great outdoors of wilderness and seeing two Red Tail Hawks on the cliff side of Carr Canyon is my way of living the 'simple life' but I still hate politics (yes, always hating..) it's like prostitution but leaves a worse bitter taste in your mouth.

      eccck!

      I admire the Amish because they are what you describe here - and they figured it out in the 1800's that technology in itself separates people. So I guess writing online and being a techie makes me a minor minion of Hell. Yet, I'm so minor - the imp of lost socks has more power than me!

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      Connie Smith 5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, I am absolutely with you when you say that what goes on in Washington, and the whole political scene, is of no interest to me. I used to think that they had our best interests at heart, but I no longer feel that way. I think we have to take care of ourselves as best we can, and I think you are spot on with the living simple idea. I am very tired of all the entitlement programs and the thought that it's up to a few to support everyone else. So for a long time now I have been interested in taking care of me; and that's not out of selfishness, just a matter of survival! That's why your series is so important and timely. Voted Up across the board.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I'm happier than a pig in doo-doo! :) My motto: don't fix it if it ain't broke!

      Good to see you my friend; thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, you are never late; the party doesn't start until you show up. :)

      Of course it matters what happens in Washington D.C.....it just doesn't affect my lifestyle. :) Short of a complete economic collapse, I can function quite nicely in my little world....and I'm pretty darn sure I could make it if the system does collapse.

      I do agree that we are not out of the woods at all, and that collapse just might happen yet.

      Good to see you as always, and have a great weekend.

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bill, great advice as usual. It comes down to each individual deciding what is best for them. Clearly you have found what works best for you. Great job.

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      I'm late today aren't I? What can I say that hasn't been said? Hmmmm...

      great hub? already stated

      Good for you. already stated

      Important information. already stated

      So, I'll play devils advocate... unless you have built a bunker and have a source for water, MRE's to last a year or more, weapons to hunt with, etc., I do think it still matters what happens in Washington and I do think you have some control over it, if you use your voice. There, I've said it.

      Now, you know I"m trying to get where you are. Losing my job sped some aspects up and slowed others down. It is still my goal. I still have my own conflict over the television because I can't seem to wrap my brain around why I wouldn't have a television but cling to a computer with Internet access. And trust me, I do cling. lol

      The most important part of this hub is your acknowledgment that a simple life isn't for everyone but, I do believe the day will come when those who haven't considered it will wish they had. Great hub my friend, Keep them coming.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, if this country ever faced a serious economic downfall and collapse, there are about 100 million people who would not know how to live. You and I, of a certain generation, we have learned the hard way as we matured, and we have had to go without during our lifetimes. There are quite a few, though, who have no clue and would be in a serious world of hurt if things really got bad.

      Thank you Carol and have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mpropp....okay, fine, you can keep your television set! LOL As you said, we can all embrace part of this philosophy and be better off for it. Who knows, it might become a necessity with the economy the way it is. :)

      Have a great weekend my friend.

      bill

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      That you have found a formula that works for you is what matters. If people would find a simpler way to exist the world would be a better place. However, when I hear that over 10 million ipads were sold..I have to wonder where the money is coming from. a doctor in an emergency room saw a woman who complained of stomach pains. She smoked two packs and ate at fast food places..and she was adorned with nike and gucci etc..and paid with her medicaid card. That is a common story today. THis generation will never live the simple life as they feel the world owes them and they are the Entitled generation. We know about hard work and about saving for things we want. Great hub and always a reminder as to what we are really all about.

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      Melissa Propp 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Very good points and guidance for living simple. You had me till that "no tv" thing.... Well, we all have our downfalls! Seriously, you make very good points and while some of us won't live quite as simple as others, that doesn't mean that we can't embrace the philosophy and participate as much as we can to make our lives less complicated. We all need to take time to see the beauty around us and appreciate the community we live in.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Dex, and thank you for dropping by my neighborhood. :)

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Great hub, Billybuc, with true words of wisdom! Thanks for sharing and spreading the "wealth!" :-)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, I know some people won't believe it, but downsizing really is fun. I have some friends who think I'm nuts. I have friends who can't understand how I can live without a television. Oh well! As for President....please, don't say those cruel things to this old man. :) Thank you Liz and have a great weekend.

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      Liz Davis 5 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Living simply is a state of mind. I think for those who have gotten themselves into debt and don't see a way out will find contentment by accepting the things that have happened in the past and just live in the moment. Change your habits little by little, and simplicity will become a way of life. Downsizing your "needs" is fun: it allows you to find joy in the basics. Billybuc for president! LOL Just kidding--I know you're too smart to take that job.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, you nailed it! No reason for me to add anymore to what you have written. Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Precisely! Living simply will lower our blood pressure and keep us healthy. There are so many values in it, using less electricity, maybe sleeping more, and eating less but eating better.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eddy! I hope you and Dai have a wonderful weekend as well!

      love,

      bill

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Hi Billy I am half way through this gem of yours and I have to drag myself away to go and do the weekly shop in a few minutes so I am going to carry tomorrow .I want to read it thoroughly and will get back to you. Have a great weekend my dear friend and to Bev of course.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, I always appreciate you stopping by; thank you!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      True, it is a philosophy of choice...not all of us live completely simply when bills have to be paid. We can, though, still practice the other virtues of humility and commitment. Thanks for sharing!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, that is the Yellowstone River flowing through Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park, and it is my idea of heaven. :) Thank you lil' Sis, and no iPhones for this boy ever. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eliza, and I'm glad you enjoyed my stupid pun on your hub. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I'm going to beat this subject into the subconscious of everyone who follows me. We need to get back to basics in order to find happiness. I know you know! Thank you, Mary, and enjoy your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words Rich, and I will never stop shouting from the mountaintops about that which I think must be changed. As for that river, I gave up trying to change its direction a long time ago.

      Thank you my friend; have a great weekend in Kentucky!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sharkye, thank you my friend! It is possible, at least in part, for everyone. It just takes willingness. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Well, Bro, well articulated hub. I love living simply, though I admit I like my tech toys...but only when I can afford them. No iPhones for me. I'll have my dumbphone until I make some money at this gig. :) Love your perspective and love that first pic up there with the river.

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      Lisa McKnight 5 years ago from London

      Lovely explanation of how to live simply and build a strong community around you. Inspirational hub Billy thanks for writing it.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Need vs Want! "It's not having what you want. It's wanting what you've got." We're all in different places and we need to learn to be happy where we are! As you said, living simply will be different things to different people but it's time has come.

      Help one another and live in your community like it means something!

      Voted this up, useful, and interesting.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill, To seek control over which there is no control is the goal of a fool. I don't know if anyone ever said that, but it makes sense, so I typed it! lol Seriously, it's like trying to make the river flow backwards or the Earth to spin the opposite direction. Live the best you can and concern yourself with only what you can change. But, we must not allow the complacency to become a brother in doing so. Voices still need to be heard and common sense stated so that it doesn't become non existent. We can stop the worry, but must continue to inform and state the lunacy that surrounds. Otherwise, we've done nothing but allowed the ignorance to thrive. Great job, my friend!

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      Jayme Kinsey 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Awesome hub and ideals. I love that you explained how everyone can adapt simple living to suit their own needs. That is so hard for many people. They can't think for themselves and want someone to lay down an exact schedule and guidelines for how the lifestyle should work.

      Everyone should and read from your hubs!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, maybe some day we will have that coffee. I'm bound to get back to the east coast one of these years, right?

      Thank you as always! "Get enjoyment out of the learning...." Very true words my friend! Life is to be lived and loved.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! I have been thinking about this series, and it finally dawned on me that not everyone can follow these suggestions....forget about the ones who simply do not want to....there are people....some friends on HP...who can't get out from under the burden of a mortgage and bills....and like you, with kids, it is tough.

      So I appreciate you taking the time to read this stuff, even though some of it does not apply to you. Thank you my dear and have a great weekend....and good luck on Saturday. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, it took what it took for me to reach this point. I could regret the wasted years, but they were not wasted. They taught me valuable lessons, and since I respond well to pain, I learned those lessons well. :)

      Thank you my friend; we are definitely on the same wave length, and I love the company.

      Have a great weekend!

      bill

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Bill,

      I find myself more and more saying to students...please don't make this harder than it has to be. Open your minds, listen, get enjoyment out of the learning, make it meaningful to your practice and life.

      I agree there is no cookie cutter formula that fits all of us...however, this series is always an inspirational reminder of what we can do, perhaps more importantly what we need to do...to live meaningful lives.

      I would absolutely adore having coffee with you too!

      Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, you are right that everyone has a choice and will be the first to admit with small kids I can't completely live simply as much as wish I could, but those who can't open their hearts and try to hear about this are just complete fools in my eyes. I love this series and have gotten many awesome ideas from it, even though like I said I can't completely live totally simple with two small kids who want more than they will ever need!! Seriously last night yet another commercial came on for another toy that my 3 year old needs like yesterday, but that said she will not being getting anything else until we donate some of her others toys to those more in need. Charity starts at home and we have tried to at least instill this much in her so far. Thanks for the reminder here and I truly do appreciate you sharing, because like I said I have gained so much insight from this series and have tried to put some of it into practice, too :)

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      We are definitely on the same wave length. Billy. Learning what to value equals a simple life. I was echoing your words and nodding as I read this. The hub I just published has some of the same essence. It is too bad that at least I did not learn these when I was in my twenties. I guess later is better than not at all.

      And, my Friend, no one has all of the answers if so it would be a perfect world. We all must just keep on keeping on. Once again I am glad I found your writings, Billy, and will be returning often to hear your words. Happy Friday. :)