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Living Simple: Five Steps Towards A Simple Life Installment Five

Updated on October 25, 2012

WORDS FROM THE MASTER OF SIMPLE LIVING

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” Thoreau

Today’s lessons are not about frugal tips for saving money. No, today’s lessons are all about enjoying the gifts of life, and simplifying things so you can enjoy the life you have been given.

Modern society is all about hurrying to do things. Errands, chores, jobs, responsibilities, all done at a break-neck pace so you can find time to eat and sleep. That, my friends, is not living; that is existing! It is high time to put a governor on that personal engine of yours and slow down to a healthy speed limit.

When was the last time you put on the brakes and enjoyed living? When was the last time you took a few minutes for yourself, and employed all of your senses so that you could appreciate all that is around you? If you had to stop and think about your answers to those questions, then you are way past due for a tune up and this article is for you.

Kick off your shoes, get yourself your favorite drink, and internalize a few of the suggestions that follow. It just might be the beginning of a new life you have been secretly craving.

Enjoying the simple life with Bev
Enjoying the simple life with Bev | Source

START YOUR DAY OFF RIGHT!

If you are a parent of growing children, this may require that you get up a half hour earlier, but the time lost in sleep is time that will help you prepare for the hectic day ahead.

Begin a morning ritual that has, as its main goal, to place you in the proper frame of mind. Some will swear by yoga; others will say that sitting in the garden and listening to the birds chirping will achieve this goal. Whatever it is that floats your personal boat, find time first thing in the morning to do it.

Once you have established that ritual, do it faithfully each and every morning. This is your time and nothing can interfere with it. This is the time when you clear your mind, and once cleared, this is the time to fill it with positive thoughts and thoughts of affirmation. This writer is a big believer in PIPO…Positive In/Positive Out. In other words, your actions are directly related to your thoughts. If you envision a positive day ahead of you then you can live it. If you envision the good in life then you will reflect that outlook.

The day ahead will be hectic enough; don’t you think you deserve thirty minutes of relaxation before you begin that day?

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TAP YOUR CREATIVE JUICES

We are all creative in one way or another. Some may be gifted musically; some may be painters or writers or have craft talents. I can hear some of you saying that you have no creative talents, and to those of you who believe that then I say develop some! When I was a child I learned to crochet! Believe me, please, when I say that if this writer can crochet then anyone can crochet! I remember very little about it now, but I do remember finding a certain amount of peace and satisfaction when I was making those pot holders and placemats for my relatives.

Tapping into our creative self is a wonderful way to decompress and let the anxieties and angst flow out of us for a time. Shut your brains down, go with the flow of creativity, and you just might find that you are more refreshed and able to deal with the requirements put on you by everyday life.

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LIVE IN THE NOW

Forgive me for being a bit colorful, but I need to share an old saying with you. “When you have one foot in the past, and one foot in the future, you are peeing on today.”

Today is all you have, so concentrate on it. If any of you firmly believe that you are guaranteed tomorrow, then we need to get you in touch with a good psychiatrist, because I have to tell you that you are guaranteed nothing but this very minute.

If any of you can tell me the value in fretting over the past then I’m all ears. The past is gone, and blaming yourself for the past, or fretting over past decisions, will serve no purpose other than to rob you of the enjoyment of right now.

So much of our lives are spent worrying about something that hasn’t even happened yet, or whipping ourselves for past mistakes. What a complete waste of time! In effect we rob ourselves of the joy of living when we do those things, and our minds are so active with worthless nonsense that we can’t find any mental relief.

The time is now, so live in it!

LEARN WHAT THE WORD “ENOUGH” MEANS

What is enough? How many things are enough? How much money is enough? How many commitments are enough? How many errands and chores are enough?

“Faster than a speeding bullet; more powerful than a locomotive; able to reach tall buildings with a single bound. Look, up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane….no, it’s Superman!”

Well, I’ve got some new for you: there was only one Superman and it wasn’t you! The problem with doing too many things is that you are doing too many things! Duh! Double Duh!

Life needs to be enjoyed! Life needs to be appreciated, and you can’t appreciate it if all you are doing is more and more and more. Look up the word “enough” in the dictionary and then apply it to your life. Once you have grasped its meaning, and once you are living according to its meaning, then you will be Living Simple.

A neighborhood street fair in Olympia
A neighborhood street fair in Olympia | Source

EMBRACE THE PRO-COMMUNITY PHILOSOPHY

No man is an island! Those words were just typed by a man who once believed he did not need other people. What a load of cow manure!

We all need people, and I’ll take it a step further and say that we all need people for happiness. We are a herd species, and we find comfort in our relationships with others from our species. Companions give us compassion; companions give us support. Part of the problem with today’s society is the fact that, out of fear, many people have built up protective barriers around themselves, and have refused to be a part of a community.

Embrace community! Meet your neighbors and get involved in community affairs. Organize block parties, or a neighborhood dinner. Introduce yourself to new neighbors! Let’s get back to the days when neighbors could be counted on, days when there was a real sense of community and everyone had each other’s back, through good times and bad.

Living Simple is all about getting back to basics, and what could be more basic than relationships?

MORE TO COME, SO CHILL OUT AND ENJOY

This past weekend, Bev and I lived the simple life. We worked in the garden, took walks, played cribbage, visited with neighbors, and enjoyed family. I would venture to guess that our total expenditure for the two days was $20, not counting groceries. We did not need to spend money for entertainment; we were the entertainment!

Life does not have to be complicated, but isn’t it amazing how we seem to insist, at times, that it be complicated?

I leave you with the words of Henry David Thoreau:

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      JustCrafty, that is great! If you are happy then that's all that counts. I wish you continued happiness and thank you for the great comment.

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      JustCrafty 5 years ago

      My day has been made a little easier by one of my companies, noone at the company will email, talk on the phone or answer any of my questions. It is like I am invisible working for this company and the best part is I have all the extra time that I use to have to use answering their calls, emails, and questions to do what I want, inching towards enjoying the minutes.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Rajan! I always appreciate you taking the time to read and leave such a meaningful comment. I wish you a wonderful weekend my friend.

      bill

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Great writing here to manage one's time sensibly and simply, Bill. After all stressing to exist is not living life. Taking out time for oneself early in the day can certainly help put things in their proper perspective as also give some time to ponder on the future course of the day and spend some quiet time with oneself.

      Votes up/useful/beautiful.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, everyone does, indeed, have a dream. For some, that dream seems so far off and unattainable.....for you and I, and a lucky few, we are living our dream, and ain't life grand!

      Thank you dear one! Wishing you peace and happiness, today and always,

      billy

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Oh yes Billy you are indeed spot on here!!!

      I can remember many moons ago now getting up at 5 am so that I could clean out the grate ;light a fire; prepare clothes ready etc for my children before they got up.

      I loved having this little space in the day for myself.

      OK I wasn't relaxing but to get all these tasks completed before the little ones got up gave me a a greater feeeling of wellbeing than any relaxing would have done.

      I also love your quote

      “When you have one foot in the past, and one foot in the future, you are peeing on today.”

      I have never heard this before and it is so true;a great quote!!!

      Also another great quote from Henry David Thoreau:

      “As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”

      A gem here but by now not surprising from you Billy;I vote up across the board and save into my page 'Everyone has a dream'.

      Thank you for sharing and have awonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, it sounds like you and I had the same revelation. I'm fine-tuning my efforts on HubPages AND certainly Facebook. I am either going to make this work or stop trying; not sure when the cut-off point will be. As long as I love writing I'll keep writing; I just need to figure out how to make the biggest impact without having it dominate my life. :) Thank you my friend, and you are my friend!!!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      These are wonderful words of wisdom! I woke up one morning and realized I was spinning my wheels and not going anywhere. I am making changes.. and I think I need to plan more fun time like you suggest. As I get older I really start to weigh the effort of what I am doing with the results I am getting. I love this hub!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, focusing on the now is the hardest of these suggestions to do, but so important for peace of mind. Thank you buddy; your support means a great deal to me.

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      There are some great thoughts Bill, clearing our mind and starting "fresh" each day is a necessary practice to keep our minds healthy. And focusing on the now is hard but the thing to do!

      Mark

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, it's always a pleasure to have you stop by; I hope you are well. Sending hubs and blessings to you as well...Thank you!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Why live our life when we can enjoy it and receive so much more. I needed my does of uplifting Billybuc and you certainly provided it!

      Blessings to you.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, that was an eloquent comment and you are so right! We, as a society, need to slow down and stop the breakneck pace we are living. It's just not worth it!

      Thank you my friend! Wishing you a great week in Florida!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I feel at home here, Bill. The stroll through the neighborhood, the block parties, morning exercise, it's all so idealistic. You are so right, we must live in the now and not in the past. If you don't you will miss out on the important events that are the foundation of your future. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris, you are a joy....thank you my friend, and let those creative juices flow!

      Peace and love to you always,

      bill

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Always a pleasure to land here and to read what teacher billybuc has to say. 'Am not only tapping my creative juices, I'm letting it flow naturally now-right now, right here.

      Peace and love to you from the sky~

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, thank you so much; what a kind remark from such a supportive person and friend. I will pass along your compliment to Bev; it will make her day.

      Thank you so much for being the person that you are, Audrey!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Btrbell, it certainly helps having a supporting person in my life who agrees with this lifestyle. Thank you!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Keeping it simple has been my new motto this past year. If I've learned anything at all, it's to simplify all things. Your marvelous hub here is yet another confirmation of this important life-style. Thank you dear, beautiful friend for always keeping me on track. I love you and your beautiful Bev!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Another great one! It takes much more than just conscious choice and you are doing an amazing job illustrating that! thank you for this!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ricky! If you have figured this out at your age you are way ahead of the game called life. Thank you buddy and have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rich, it is a joy to know that you and I don't wet our pants any longer. :) Thank you buddy!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, make no mistake about it.....it is difficult to live in the now, but it is so worth the effort. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, we do, indeed, have great control. Have a great week in OK and thank you!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Bill, another great addition to your series. Great points and tips as always my friend. Wise advise about pre-planning. I have always felt that time management is crucial, even in our simple living. Your right, live for today. No sense too worry about the past. Bill, always sound advice and a high quality article. Voted up, UABI. Shared also. Bill, take care and see you soon.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill -

      Another good hub, my friend. There is a time to enjoy the simple things. It just has to be found. The rush rush of today's world gives a person a lot of time to reflect back on what they should've done, but the stress of the day assists them in remembering to do it. It is with this, as you say, many wet their pants! Great Job!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Great points, valuable thoughts and a hub to be pondered about. We should definitely know the meaning of the word "enough". If we keep on hurrying when are we going to enjoy life - well said. We should learn to live in the now, a bit difficult though.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      We have such great control over our everyday lives.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, life is a miracle....all we have to do is be receptive to the miracle!

      And I totally enjoy having you as a friend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, you just said it perfectly my friend! In the country, surrounded by nature and loved ones....that is life!

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, it is a pleasure! I love HP because of the friendships I have formed, and I greatly appreciate you!

      Thank you Singapore! :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, there is always that damn price tag, isn't there? Thank you buddy!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Bill,

      when I'm in city I aim high, I look for better opportunities, I keep on running as if I don't have a second to ponder about beautiful things. But when I'm in my farm I worry nothing, I appreciate beauty of nature, I look at the passing animal and smile.

      Thanks for sharing your wonderful perspective.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I agree with Thoreau statement. The more you think negative thoughts, the more negative you become. I have found happiness in the most simple things, a phone call from a family member or a call from my Son telling me" he loves me " or reading a hub about 'A simple life', That's what makes my world complete..Thank you. Your writing always inspires me...Cheers.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      This is wonderful, Bill. We are all creative in one way or other....we need the support of friends. And we all need to know when to stop. Important reminders!! Was just thinking about friendship support today. Thanks for being a great one too!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      At 60 I am doing my best. Te future promises a rest. I have lived a storybook life. But, with all the great memories, came with a heavy price tag. But as always, thank you for this.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words whonunuwho! Couldn't have said it any better myself. :)

      Thank you and have a great week ahead!

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      Our companions, our peers, our fellow people with whom we all share this earth, are all to be respected and if possible to be blessed by us, as individuals, as much as we can . Thank you for your words of wisdom, my friend, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      JustCrafty, what goes around comes around, or so we hope. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, in my opinion, the comments are better than my hubs. :) Thank you kind lady; I am blessed, and I just want to share it all with everyone.

      hugs in return, and gratitude,

      bill

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Stay strong and be good to yourself, Ardie.

      Bill, Your series is a tonic. It is uplifting, inspiring and the comment section is just as enjoyable in warmth and universality.

      Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      JustCrafty 5 years ago

      The company that I just quit is in a classaction lawsuit with hundreds of current and past employees suing them so the last laugh may be on them.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      JustCrafty, thank you very much, and congratulations for your decision to get the stress out of your life. Financially it might hurt a bit, but man oh man, the benefits are so worth it.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, your story says it all. All the insanity of everyday life is fluff; the real stuff, the stuff that counts, are our relationships and the love of family and friends. Thank you for sharing that experience!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good to have you back, Carol! I'm glad you had a great time. Good luck with the cleaning, laundry, and cooking. :)

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Back home after a week...We love relaxing on the boat and watching boats go buy and a sunset...However the intermittent wi fi was a bit frustrating...We took many walks, bike rides etc. and really enjoy our little and very old boat. But life does not have to cost dollars to be good and I love your reminder of this as always. Back home does mean cleaning house, laundry and cooking..But it is all good.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Prayers and good thoughts to Ardie ... Bill, we just celebrated my mother-in-law's 88th birthday. The whole family gathered (she has five living children, there were ten of her grandchildren and ten of her great grandchildren present)...we all brought some cakes and drinks, chipped in for pizzas and helped her celebrate her day. She has ovarian cancer and about five weeks ago was given six months to live so we all knew this is her last birthday. Mid-way through the day she cried and said how lucky she was to have such a loving and supportive family....That my friend is what it is all about and you put that in your writing.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      JustCrafty 5 years ago

      Billybuc, you are a great hubber. I just quit one of my jobs today because there was noway to please this manager and she insisted on making my life and the managers of the stores that I serviced horrible so to end the stress of working for people and not being appreciated I quit and now my life seems a little easier and quieter and a lot less stressful. It was hard to give up the money but easy to give up the stress.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sg....thank you my friend! I'm beginning to think that those of us who are advancing in years are starting to really get it.....that life is not all about work and worry! We were out today too looking at leaves and what a great way to spend part of a Sunday!

      Have a wonderful week!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Keith; if we can only get more people to slow down and enjoy life. :)

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      It's hard to start the day thinking in the present if you are future or past oriented; however, for many living in the present helps start their day right and continue their business. Very useful tips, Bill!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Another wonderful hub! Our society is so fast paced now, it is a shame. I guess I have always taken time to "smell the roses". It's hard for me to understand those that don't. I have always loved to go for walks and take my kids to parks, when they were little. As I am typing this, I just sat down from going for a walk with my camera. Fall is creeping in here and I wanted to get some fall foliage shots. I truly enjoy your hubs and this is another great one! Up and awesome! :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill! I am finally at peace and it is all it was cracked up to be. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Christy, it is a rare person who does not need a reminder now and again to slow down and enjoy the moment.

      Thank you and I have had a great birthday weekend.

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bill, as is usually the case, you speak the truth. More solid advice for enjoying life as opposed to simply existing. You really seem to have found your place in life and I am happy for you. The more you write the more the message will sink in for the rest of us.

      Well done my friend.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Bill, your hubs are always great reminders to slow down and enjoy the moments. The simple moments. Thank-you my friend. There is a difference between getting through a day and enjoying a day. I hope you are doing the latter. Hugs.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rachel, I love it. That is the quintessential living simple! No money spent, loads of fun and stress-free. Way to go!

      Thank you and enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

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      Rachel Koski 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, now farming in Minnesota

      You're right about it all, as usual :) I'm still enjoying this series, Bill, and looking forward to more! I did some Living Simple myself today, throwing the stick for my little cattle dog/border collie. It meant all the world to her, and I got a chance to actually examine some of the autumn leaves.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, I so agree....I love Sundays because they give me a chance to re-assess my direction and get centered once again. Thank you my dear friend; have a wonderful Sunday!

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      David Thoreu's words words were the prefect ending for you living simply hub. This is another good hub in the series with good suggestions. Sunday is a good day to think about meeting your neighbors and ways to change your life for the better. Have a lovely day.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donnah, there is definitely something about the simple things in life. I remember crocheting in the hospital as a kid while visiting my grandparents.....very clear memories of passing hours doing that.l

      Thank you and have a great Sunday!

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      I love the Thoreau quote that you end with. There is certainly some truth in that. I also love your thoughts about being creative. Creativity does calm and center us. I also learned how to crochet. I did it at a time that was very stressful - when my twin nephews were born very premature. Suddenly my sisters and the boys paternal grandmother were crocheting up a storm. I taught myself, and then I crocheted through long hours at the hospital, sitting by a baby's bedside or in a waiting room. It helped me get through until those beautiful babies were well enough to get their start in life. There is something to the simple things in life. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, Thoreau was a god among men in my opinion. Talk about cutting through the b.s. and seeing life at its most fundamental level....and this was in the mid-1800's, which makes it all the more amazing.

      Thank you dear friend; have a wonderful Sunday and rest up for a full week ahead!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      GClark, thank you so much! For this man, getting older is the gift that keeps on giving. I love your outlook on life. Best wishes in the future my friend.

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      Isn't it wonderful to be older and wiser? I love where I am in life now that I've realized the value of simplicty and that there is no value in stressing or worrying. This is a great hub written by a great writer and closed with a quote from a great (and my favorite) philosopher. You said it perfectly!

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      GClark 5 years ago from United States

      Lots of great advice and suggestions for simplifying one's life. Voted Up! Having written articles on this same topic, I couldn't agree with you more! The older one gets the more you realize what is truly important and begin to question your life. Never too late to simplify.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sasha, that's the challenge, isn't it? To actually live this way! Some days are infinitely easier than others. Thank you my friend, and I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Ah the quote at the end by Thorough is just fantastic! Another wonderful installment. These hubs are so inspirational and motivating. Thank you for writing them, I always look forward to reading them and then hopefully living them ^_^ Voting and sharing

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Vix, I think you know how I feel about you, and it's all good! i don't mean to sound trite when I say that you are so young, comparatively speaking....I am now sixty-four years old, and it took me fifty-eight years to learn these things. I had to almost die to get a grasp on that which is truly important. Hopefully you won't have to learn the lesson in such a drastic fashion. :)

      Thank you my dear; I respect you greatly and your words of acceptance make me feel very good about my writing.

      bill

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      poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Life has been so hard lately and your words here spoke to me. Especially the parts about make time for yourself and figure out just what is enough. I think they may be just the cure all I need right now. My blood pressure has gone through the roof and parked there as of late due to some issues at work. Thank you, Sir, for the very needed and real reminder of just what is important in life. It isn't situations at work. Perhaps it is synchronicity or some other such abstract term, but you always seem to say just what I need to hear when I need to hear it. Thank you. I have learned many a cool thing over the last two years here on the pages from crafts, to trivia, to fun political facts. You, Sir, continually remind me of the very real and simplistic guidelines for a happy life that for some reason I don't seem to be able to remember on my own. You are a gem and we are lucky to have you here.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Natasha, if you have come to that realization at your young age, you are way ahead of the game. Good for you! I remember back when I was your age....I wanted to do everything immediately, going at a thousand miles per hour...rushing, rushing, rushing. Sigh! It's amazing the enjoyment that comes from doing nothing. :) Took me a long time to figure that lesson out.

      Thank you my friend; enjoy your Sunday!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, i think it is one of the hardest things for modern man to do.....slow down! Life is to be enjoyed and not viewed as we go by it at a breakneck speed. Blessings to you my friend; have a great Sunday and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, some day you will have to tell me where Seaford, New York is; I have never heard of it but now I'm curious.

      I am glad you take time for yourself first thing in the day. Many do not learn that lesson and it is oh so important. Thank you my dear and have a wonderful Sunday!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ardie....I was looking back on some of my older hubs.....and the first installment of "Hubbers Who Have Been My Support System" has you in it. I do not forget the people who gave me support when I most needed it here at HubPages. If I can ever be someone to give you support, or just an ear to listen, then please drop me a note.

      I am so sorry for your pain and the hard times you are going through. As you well know, the only way to go through hell is to keep on walking. Eventually, there is light at the other end. Trite but true! Thank you so much for your friendship, and if any of this hub helped you then I am one grateful writer.

      bill

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I am doing too much! You are absolutely correct. And I'm actively trying to find a way to do less. Yes, that's right. I am trying to find a part time job instead of a full time job because my life of 40+ hour work weeks and graduate school is too much.

      Fantastic advice and a great morning read.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Wow! to Ardie! Bill, you are a vivid example of a life well lived. Your philosophy of life is simple but powerful. Me peeing on today? Nah! Just busy as anyone. Managing and balancing our time is essential for a hectic living. Slowing down comes with age and we never grew up yet, so will take a little more than half a lifetime. Great reading as always Sir!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, you said a mouthful here and couldn't agree more about your tips on how to enjoy daily life a bit more. I do follow a few of your tips already, including starting my day off a bit before my kids get up in order to get a jumpstart on the day and to be able to give them my full attention when they do wake. Seriously yet another wonderful article that I could relate to from you and have of course shared and voted up too!!

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      I love PIPO. I know I haven't been as involved with HubPages as I once was. I have been going through a divorce from a difficult marriage and I started working full time for the first time in 10 years. I'm finally learning how to manage my time so I can visit my old fave Hubbers. During my most difficult moments PIPO popped into my mind outta the blue. I've learned so much from you. Now I can add one more thing. I've been doing such a poor job managing my time that I haven't budgeted any time for enjoying the moment and recognizing the small beautiful things. Starting tomorrow I will get up 20 minutes earlier just to spend some time stretching and breathing. Time for me to enjoy living and not just trying to survive. (And no more peeing on today!)