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More Tips For Simple Living

Updated on October 4, 2012

REMEMBER WHEN?

It is not difficult for this writer to think in terms of living a simple life. All I have to do is think back to when I was a child, and then apply it to today’s world. Of course, there are those who will say that today’s world is much more complicated, and only a fool would think it possible to return to those simpler times. Well, then, I am a fool!

Yes, I am a fool, a card-carrying member of that small group of individuals who believe that complicated is not better, and that simple is the only way to prepare for what’s coming down the pike. We are stripping away the unnecessary, and stocking up on some good old-fashioned values and principles.

If any of that interests you, then read on. I will tell you, from my perspective, what I believe to be important in order to live a simpler lifestyle, one grounded in need and not want.

Taking a break from life.
Taking a break from life. | Source

SIT OUT ON THE LAWN

Take a half hour or an hour each day and just sit outside in your yard; if you have a front porch all the better. Grab your favorite drink, maybe a book, your favorite companion, and soak up the outdoors. Can you do it for one hour? We are awake, on average, sixteen hours per day, oftentimes running hither and yon, doing chores and taking care of jobs, kids, spouses, and other responsibilities. Don’t you think you deserve an hour for yourself?

The benefits are too numerous to mention. We need down time; our bodies need it and our minds and emotions need it

Close your eyes and listen to the sounds of nature; smell the scent of life around you. Let life enter your mind and body and gratefully reflect on all the gifts you have been given.

One half-hour….do it….now!

LIVE IN THE NOW

Easier said than done for sure, but again, a huge step towards peace of mind. How many out there chew on the mistakes of the past, like they are some culinary treat to be savored? How many fret over a future that has not arrived, worrying about events that may or may not happen?

We live now….not in the past and not in the future….now! This is our life….now….and to waste a moment of it by thinking of past or future is a shame. What is that old saying, about having one foot in the past, one in the future, and peeing on the present? Rather graphic but oh so accurate!

Taking a walk with the love of my life.
Taking a walk with the love of my life. | Source

GO FOR ONE WALK PER DAY

And I’m not talking about walking to the mail box! We as a society are growing more and more sedentary. Exercise is mandatory if we are to live an active lifestyle in our later years. Begin a routine of one walk per day. Start out with a comfortable distance and then increase it as time allows.

Besides the physical benefits, a walk gives your mind a chance to downshift, if you allow it to happen. Look at the birds, the sights, and listen to the sounds. Say hello to people you meet and smile as you do so. Soak it all in, replenish your personal batteries, and I promise you that you will feel energized.

SAVE YOUR CHANGE

I know, it sounds stupid, but I have had containers with hundreds of dollars in pennies, nickels and dimes, and who couldn’t use a few extra hundred dollars? Every night before I go to bed I empty my pockets and put the change in a container. I do not touch those containers; they are my daily savings account.

You will be amazed how quickly the money adds up, and with modern coin machines you no longer have to put your coins in those paper rollers of old. Just take them to the store and dump them in the machine and convert to paper cash.

Look Mom, no clutter!
Look Mom, no clutter! | Source

MAKE A FILING SYSTEM

My mom could find any paper that related to any subject about our family, and she could do it in less than five minutes. She hated stacks of loose papers and receipts, so early on she started a filing system and she never wavered from it. Quite remarkable, really! If she needed a doctor’s bill from three years prior she had it in five minutes. An old car repair bill? Five minutes! Tax returns? Five minutes!

Why bother doing this you ask? Simply because it saves so much angst when you do need one of your documents; you know right where the paper is! It also saves on those unsightly piles on the dressers and the countertops, and prevents an important document from being lost or damaged…..and….it gets rid of clutter, and living simple is all about de-cluttering!

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THREE MEALS PER DAY, ONE WITH FAMILY

If you have a family, what is the most important thing in your life? Well, the answer should be obvious, right? Your family is your top priority, so don’t you think sitting down for one meal per day with that family should be a priority.

This tradition, the family meal, has been a part of civilization for thousands of years, and yet modern society seems to be too busy to practice it. Also, do not skimp on meals because you are too busy. Your body and mind need energy, so schedule three meals per day and stick to it. Three per day, one with family….get started now!

ORGANIZE YOUR GOALS

What are your goals? If you are like many, you could probably write down dozens of things you want to accomplish, from short-term to long-term. In fact, many people have so many goals they lose track of them, or start feeling inadequate because they are not accomplishing those goals.

Make a list and then organize them. Long-term….short-term….which goals need to be accomplished in order for others to be accomplished? Which need to be done in one month and which can wait for six months?

Life is too hectic, and this little exercise of writing down goals and organizing them, can save us a great deal of time and wasted effort.

DO ONE JOB AT A TIME

Let me pick on my former wife for a minute. I’m sure she won’t mind! LOL She was the Queen of Multi-Tasking, but the Master of Nothing. She would grab clothes to do the laundry, and on the way to the washer and dryer she would stop to pick up the dog’s toys. Carrying them to the kitchen she would start piling dishes in the sink, but then the phone would ring and she would go into the livingroom to answer the phone and notice the dirty clothes still sitting there.

She could easily start ten jobs and finish none of them in an hour’s time, and all she really accomplished was to waste time that is much too valuable to waste.

Do one job, finish it, and then start another job and do it to completion. Quit running around in circles; it is frustrating and self-defeating, and certainly does not lead to a simple life.

UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN

I’ve got a thousand of these suggestions, so take what you need, leave the rest for someone else, and we’ll meet again down the road of life.

Remember, Living Simple is about changing your lifestyle so you have more time to simply live. Pardon the play on words, but that is essentially what this is all about. We need to stop and smell the pansies….or roses if you will…and we need to get back in touch with the things that are truly important.

Until next time, enjoy life and wring every ounce of living out of it that you can! This is your one and only chance, so have a blast while you can! I had a friend once who told me, “stop sweating the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff.” Words to live by!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlo, it is my pleasure. Thank you for the visit.

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      MarloByDesign 4 years ago from United States

      Voted USEFUL. Thanks for the motivation about working on my filing system :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathy, I'm sure you know that the hardest part is the original sorting and filing....I'm sure that might take days to do. Once it's done, though, then you are in good shape forever, as long as you stay consistent. But then you know all that. :) Thank you my kind friend!

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      Kathy Sima 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      There's lots of great advice here. I think I'm doing well with most of them, but paper clutter is my nemesis. I really need to work on that one - and the multi-tasking. The idea of being able to find any document in five minutes sounds a bit like an impossible dream to me, but it's definitely a goal to work towards!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jlava, that is wonderful to hear; you have come a long way and I wish you the best in the future. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, if you are almost ahead of the game you are way beyond where I was at your age.

      Thank you friend and have a great week!

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 5 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      All of these tips are great and certainly useful. It is amazing a few small changes can make a world of difference. I was once a multi-tasker, it's a hard bad habit to break, still got work to do but, a consistent effort to nurture and take better care of oneself pays handsomely. I am pleased with the changes a little focus and effort have done for me both in quality of life and peace of mind.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You're right, it IS the small stuff that matters. Small turns into big if not eventually handled. i am one of those that will procrastinate from time to time, but now, I think I'm almost ahead of the game.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I suspect people overlook these ideas because they are so busy and distracted by life. Taking time for oneself is one of the most important things we can do....anyway, it is for me. I love that you save change. Thank you and have a great Sunday!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Great tips again! How can one go wrong saving all of their change. It drives my daughter crazy that I never have quarters because everything goes in a big jug. And it adds up so quickly! People tend to overlook these tips and they are so helpful!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Maria. I have often referred to my alone time as my sanity time.....I love that you do the same. I think it is vital for most people...we need time to unwind and gather our thoughts.

      I appreciate you, and thank you for the hubs!

      bill

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Bill,

      I am so reminded of Mom and her wise influence on me about simplicity; "not biting off more than you can chew" and meeting obligations/ promises made when I read your Living Simple series.

      What I have added to her wisdom is my insistance on taking care of myself, not putting myself on the back burner because of all others. This self care is my sanity time...my walking and being in nature especially. Fresh air and sunshine can clear my head in a heartbeat.

      Wonderful food for thought. Voted UP & UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I have always regretted not living somewhere where lightning bugs reside. I saw them once when I was a kid and they were fascinating. Thanks for sharing that great memory.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you have me laughing with that last line of yours! Who could know, huh? If we could see the future we would all have a bigger can. LOL

      Thank you my dear; enjoy your Sunday!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I remember when my folks would sit on the lawn after dinner to chat while we ran around chasing lightning bugs. It was a great time to unwind for everyone. Just being out in nature is healing. Great suggestions for improving the quality of life. Blessings.

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Great words of advice, Bill! If you can't enjoy the simplicity of life, you are doing something wrong. You're living to work, not working to live. I for one, spend as much time outdoors as I can. Living in Florida, I have plenty of opportunity.

      I also keep files. I guess your mom and I shared the same anal ways in that respect! Clutter is messy, ugly and takes too much time to clean up. Everything should have its place. It takes two seconds to put something away! Would you rather spend an hour sorting thru clutter or sitting on the porch or taking a walk? Oh, you don't have time? Put stuff where it belongs and you'll be amazed at how much time you've freed up for yourself.

      I love these tips, Bill. They don't cost a dime, but afford you some time!

      P.S. I also throw my change in an old coffee can. My second husband and I paid for our wedding rings out of our coffee can fund! Unfortunately, I didn't have a coffee can big enough for the divorce fund! ha ha.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      rfmoran, I will indeed check it out. Thank you!

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      Russ Moran 5 years ago from Long Island, New York

      I needed this Hub Bill. Both my wife and I are inveterate multi taskers, getting a little of everything done. Time for a sit on the lawn or a walk! About filing - my worst talent. I discovered the Paper Tiger software. It saved my sanity. I even wrote a hub about it. Check it out. thepapertiger.com. I don't mean to pimp a hub visit but you can read my thoughts about it at https://hubpages.com/business/Is-Your-Filing-Syste...

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Tammy....it took almost dying for me to realize the importance of slowing down. Sure glad I learned that lesson. :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      These ideas sound so simple, but we rarely slow down to do them. I tend to over multitask sometimes to where everything just gets a lick and a prayer. I am going to focus on doing what is infront of me well and then move on to something else. Great hub!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Steve, what a great comment. Thank you so much for this! I love that you slow up to catch red lights. I was laughing and admiring you while I read that....and the time on the porch with your son is priceless time that will last a lifetime. Blessings to you my friend; it sounds to me like you have found the secret of life.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rosemay, I am only guessing, but I think women have a tendency to multi-task more than men do....and I'm not even sure the basis for my guess other than observation.

      Anyway, my mother would have liked you....as do I! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well shoot, Martin, which one was it? :) Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blissful, I would be honored if you use my video....thank you!

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      Steve West 5 years ago from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

      I always enjoy your writing billybuc, and I agree so much with you. Time goes by so fast because we make it. I have been trying to "wait to hurry-up," so I've been making an effort to catch red-lights. Not to p-off the guy behind me but to grab that extra sixty seconds of a song, watch an airplane fly, or to watch the "fast" people go by. I'll get to where I'm going no-matter what. As for the guy behind me, he doesn't realize I'm giving him a little bit of time too.

      I sat with my one-year-old on the front porch yesterday, most likely at the same time you were writing about doing it. I watched him pick up pine needles and leaves as if they were the most wondrous things on earth. He felt the warmth of the sun on his face and learned you can't look at it, even if we all know that's were the fun is. The birds were extra loud, they were chirping your very same words for all to hear. "Take a second and listen to us," they sang.

      It seems so very difficult for everyone to slow down yet it is the most rewarding and peaceful feeling you can have. You'll get to where you're going no matter what. Wait to hurry-up. Up and awesome! Read ya soon.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I like your Mother, my family think I'm mad having a filing cabinate for household documents. It makes everything so easy at the end of the tax year and definitely saves time and frustration.

      I do tend to multi-task though but only 3 or 4 and do get them all done, even if I do forget where I left something :)

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. I only did one of these. I share which, but I did it religiously.

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      BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

      Hi Bill, I enjoyed your video. Do you mind if I include your video into my Hub here ...

      https://hubpages.com/health/Examples-of-Minimalist...

      If not, let me know and I can remove it.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Spy, thank you! I have missed you my friend! I hope you are well.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blissful, we do indeed find a way to complicate it! Thank you and may you have a very simple weekend. :)

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      inspiring! and i love the message you are telling us all :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Gail. I appreciate that greatly. Enjoy your weekend.

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      BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

      I like that quote by Confucius: "Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated."

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rachel, if they make you happy then I've done my job as a writer. Thank you my dear; have a great weekend.

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      Gail Meyers 5 years ago from United States

      Great hub, Bill. I enjoyed reading it and I think you offer great tips. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rich, if that was the background noise in our house I'd sleep too. As for living in the city....been there, done that, ain't going back. :)

      Thanks buddy; I promise I'll get to the hub of yours soon. Got a game of cribbage with Bev and then I'll read it.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Life is good, Sunnie, and I love your attitude and outlook on life. Bless you, be happy always, and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill! It took a long time to get to this point but I love my life now!

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      Rachel Koski 5 years ago from Minnesota

      More awesome advice, Bill :) Especially the bit about doing One Thing At A Time. Your hubs make me happy! Voted up and more, of course.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, you and me both! Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill -

      Another great hub! Living in the city does make it a little more difficult to get in tune with nature. Police and fire sirens are constantly sounding, teens driving in $1000 cars that rattle because of the $5000 bass system they've installed, and buses that spoil the fresh air with exhaust make nature a real experience, if you could find it. My wife is also a multi tasker... coffee & Today Show, laundry & Kathy Lee, cleaning & Rachael Ray.... that's her life. Turn off the TV and she's lost. (Now you know why I sleep during the day, lol) Great Hub, my friend! Keep 'em coming!

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Simply perfect Billy with so much wonderful suggestions to make our lives wonderful. I incorporate every one except the meal one as it is just me and my husband and he works shift work but we do spend large amounts of time on the back patio with coffee in hand looking at the stars and the deer that come up to the house. I also am a multitask' er...it is years of nursing in my blood but my downfall is I do not stop until it is all done..you would think retirement would have taught me to slow down..I am learning...Life is good and I am so thankful for the simplicity of life..does not get any better than this.

      God bless

      Sunnie

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great advice as usual Bill. You really have things in the proper perspective. Thank you......

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      Barbara Badder 5 years ago from USA

      I need to get a bigger file cabinet and get more organized. Thanks for reminding me. Great article again.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donnah I love it! I'm amazed by what some people call quality time. Thanks for sharing your memories; we need more of that! Have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jordan, I'm pretty sure there is something for everyone here. :) Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, it sounds like you have Nirvana right in your own backyard. Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      My husband and I just went out to a local diner to get dinner. I looked at the table next to us, where a mom and her three girls were sitting. All four of them were engrossed in their electronic devices. So much for a family dinner! I wanted to tell them to disconnect the electronics and connect to each other, but instead I had a great dinner chat with my hubby :)

      I remember growing up, some of my best memories surround walking with my family and sitting on my great aunt's front porch watching the people of the village we lived in go by. It really is the way to live. Voted up and sharing.

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      Jordanwalker39 5 years ago from GA

      This is a great Hub with wonderful advice. I am confident there is a little nugget of wisdom in there for all of us.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Good sound advice. I love the time i spend sitting on my patio. I am a bird lover. I have feeders galore. I only have two remaining hummingbirds,I had around 35-40, but they will return in the spring. I also have a Squirrel and a Rabbit that i feed daily. I have learned to enjoy the little things. Thank's once again for sharing..

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I was once called the "human valium." I love that description; meet me in person and I have a calming effect on people. LOL No explanation, just fact.

      I'm glad this helped my friend; have a peaceful evening and thank you!

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      You were in my head today, weren't you? I need simplicity badly but with no job at the moment, I have too little time to think about it. Your hub put me back in my emotional zone, able to deal with the madness that is my life at the moment. I could feel my pulse slow down, the more I read. You are therapeutic! Thank you for another lovely piece of transformational writing. I can't wait to get "there".

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Radcliff, I like you more with each new day. :)

      Thank you for the comment, thank you for the mention in your hub, and have a great weekend!

      bill

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      Liz Davis 5 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Yes to all of the above! I recently put an end to the multitasking. I didn't realize how stressful it is. It definitely keeps you out of the moment. We save our change for Christmas and birthday gifts for the little one, and are always amazed at how much we save by simply tossing pocket change into glass jars.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Beckie! My favorite is laying on the lawn and watching the clouds float by; perfect down time for me.

      Have a wonderful weekend and hugs to your mother from me.

      love always,

      bill

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Billy -

      Great suggestions and they really do work. The change saving comes in handy and you will be surprised how quickly it adds up. Going out on the lawn or taking a walk. It is impossible to feel depressed after any form of exercise. The chemicals produced in our brains take care of that. And cooking or baking is an excellent way to get your mind off of worry without having to spend a fortune.

      Another fine write

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Natasha, I had no doubt that you could relate to this hub! Tell the truth....I don't mind putting pennies in those rollers either....but I know most people don't have the patience or discipline to do it. :)

      Thank you young lady and have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I am a big believe in family time and you are right, I believe it has aided in the downfall of family in this country. I'm amazed how busy everyone is....and for what? I'm afraid I will never get onboard with that "too busy" syndrome that has infected this country.

      As always, thank you my dear friend. Sending you hugs and love from Olympia!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Jo! Thank you! I will tell Bev you said hi, and have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, Bev is the filing champ in this family. I'm not a micro-manager like she is with stuff like that....thank God for Bev! As for multi-tasking....I had to on a daily basis when I was teaching. Now I don't have to so I don't.

      Time for ourselves is crucial; I would be a crazy man (more crazy) if I didn't have down time that was mine.

      Thank you my dear; have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I would expect that you are quite organized. As for living alone...been there many years, and I know I'm much better at organizing when I have someone with me....then I'm organizing for two and it feels more right. :)

      Have a great weekend and thank you buddy!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, my dear friend, you are on overload, and I love that you want to do it all, but you need to be there for your family thirty years from now and not just now. I know, I'm sounding like a parent now.....it's just that I care. :)

      Thank you and have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, you have said it all so well there is nothing for me to add. Have a wonderful weekend buddy and I'll catch up with you down the road.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      You're right - doing one thing at a time is much better. Studies show people can't actually multi-task, no matter how much they believe they can. I have to disagree with you on the coin machines, though. I have always loved rolling coins up myself. Weird? Maybe. Possibly it's because I went to a Montessori school and they focused on organizing and categorizing when I was in preschool, but I have always enjoyed doing that myself. =)

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Hi billybuc - Ah, yes, the simple life! I love sitting on my front porch and watching the red-headed woodpecker tap at that tree right in front of me, so beautiful. All of your suggestions are great, especially having at least one of your daily meals with family!!! I believe, that is what contributed to the downfall of a lot of families, as simple as it sounds, it has profound and lasting effects on the lives of each family member. Just to be able to sit down together and tell about one another's day. Voted Way UP In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      You're right on the button as usual. Sharing this on my fb page.

      My best to you and Bev.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Once again......In total agreement.....this hub is especially interesting and filled with some of my "favorite things," bill! I can definitely get into that "time to ourselves," in fact, it is a must. You said it! We devote 16 hrs of wakefulness (well, ok, half-awake sometimes)....and how dare we not take some of that time for just US??

      A filing system?? omg...you've been talking to Jim... I'm not the file system-organizer type.....how convenient that HE is. I fly by the seat of my pants....fight off the crap as it comes at me! Just my contrary nature....

      OK...I love the "one job at a time," theory, bill......and boy do I need help with that! I'm working at it. In fact, I think about it all day, as I'm going from one unfinished project to the next..........UP+++

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

      Another set of great tips BIll, I sit outside daily, walk every-ware and I am great at organizing and filing. My weakness is living alone I don't have the sharing of meals, but I try to keep myself on a regular schedule for meals.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Very good tips Bill, I think I have to try to remind myself 10 times daily that I am not super mom, because I like your ex-wife have a tendency of trying to multi-task to the max. Thanks for the gentle reminder that I sometimes do need to slow done and smell the proverbial roses. Thanks my friend and have of course done the usual :)

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Nothing better than going back in time and find the simple moments that lasted in our neurons until this very second. Tips that can bring back humanity to us all. Still, we can make a difference by getting our act together, and find nature within our own reach. Have a great evening my friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, it is, indeed, a wonderful gift. I have the feeling quite a few people are going to be realizing that gift in the near future. We will be the pioneers and light the way for them.

      Have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Matt, I love that quote and it is oh so true. Everything we need we have already; after that it's all fluff. :) Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Miz, that is exactly what Bev and I are doing in three years...heading to a simple life in the country...garden and chickens....and live life to the fullest. Thank you my friend! Raising a toast to both of our dreams. :)

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      When I retired several years earlier than planned, I began a new education: learning to live without things I thought I needed that were only "wants." A reduction in income "helped" me "just say no" to many of those old wants. After doing without them a while, I realized I didn't miss them at all! Simplifying my lifestyle allowed me to focus on what is truly important to me. That's a wonderful gift!

      Another great hub, Bill. Voted Up++

      Jaye

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LaThing, thank God Bev is the filing expert in this family. Evidently I didn't learn it from my mother despite seeing it in action daily growing up. :) I love that family meals are important to you. Thank you my dear and have a great weekend.

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      Matt M. 5 years ago from Philly, PA

      Really nice hub. Probably one that I'll have to re-read from time to time. But yeah, people definitely need to chill out.

      A really good book on the subject is "The Wisdom of Insecurity" I haven't finished it but to give a little quote he says, "If happiness always depends on something expected in the future, we are chasing a will-o'-the wisp that ever eludes our grasp, until the future, and our-selves, vanish into the abyss of death" -Alan Watts

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      MizBejabbers 5 years ago

      Sometimes life forces you to slow down. We have spent the last five years trying to recouperate from the years we spent on our then-hobby, remodeling old houses. Now our goal is to sell them all, let me retire, and buy us a house in the country where we can do some of the things you suggested in this great hub. We would like to have a nice garden and raise some chickens and lots of cats and dogs. LOL. We are both from farm families, so that isn't unrealistic for us. I wouldn't care if I never saw another TV or telephone, however, that probably would cause a divorce in our family. I love to read, walk in the woods and meditate. BTW, that's the second time in a couple of months I've encountered your quote about the present. I'd never heard it until recently. I love it, my friend.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Love your opening remarks, Billy! I am going off to get myself a card for that elite group of people, lol! As usual, excellent suggestions, and my favorite (well, all of them, actually!) the filing system..... Makes so much sense! I have to start doing it :) - family meals are important to me. I grew up with having atleast one meal together, and that's what I aim for.... Great hub, dear friend! Voting up and very, very useful!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Pete, good to see you and yes, a walk in the woods is fantastic therapy! Have a great weekend my friend.

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Couldn't agree more with the tips here, after working in an office all day I always look forward to walking the dogs in the woods, it does wonders for the mind! Great tips Bill, enjoyed as always!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes we do, Pooja, and they are usually exactly what we need. :) Thank you my young friend; have a great weekend and.....be happy!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, Bev and I were just talking about the 3 meal thing yesterday. We like to have a decent breakfast, a hearty lunch, and then we really cut back on dinner....at our age, dinner tends to stick with you for the rest of the night and i hate that bloated feeling. :)

      I hope you enjoyed those two walks. We are having a great fall weather here, but the rains will be here soon enough. Have a great weekend Suzie and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sasha, you are too busy cooking those delicious meals to sit by yourself. LOL Get out there and enjoy this beautiful fall weather.....and thank you!

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      poojasd7 5 years ago from India

      We tend to ignore such simple things in life which are beneficial for us.

      Very useful and motivational hub!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, I guess we'll ignore the tv habit....that hardly qualifies as multi-tasking. LOL I love saving change and it does add up, and you are right, HP is a lot like that.

      Thank you!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      You are soooo right as always and you have highlighted some excellent ways for us all to take stock of and do the small things that make a difference.

      Today I went for 2 walks with Mike and Coco in the countryside soaking up the chilly sunny Autumn sun. I do often sit like you suggested, on the doorstep with a coffee listening to nature - so different for me from city life! Saving the change I also do and it is surprising how it mounts up and comes in useful!

      So much wise words from Bill and what I am not good at is the 3 meals a day which I know I should do but I still forget to do it!!

      Voted this up more and shared and you and Bev have a great wkend!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Ah I seriously can't remember the last time I just sat outside (or inside for that matter) and did nothing! I'm going to have to make an effort to do that today! Thanks for another set of wonderful tips. Keep 'em coming! Voting a bunch and sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      I am into saving pennies...just put a few in my jar today, in fact! I see writing at hubpages as doing the same, and it slowly accumulates. You end up with a lot. And I do not multi-task...but does writing this in front of the TV count? LOL! Sharing!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leigh, thanks again...heading to your site now.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Carol.....living in the day is not easy....and I never want anyone to think it is. It takes a complete re-programming of the mind, and it takes time. For me it was life or death, so I was a pretty fast learner. :)

      We will enjoy our walks; it has become our favorite time of the day.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Healthylife, I like that compromise. Our Sunday dinners growing up were something I always looked forward to....we always had something special, and it was just a more meaningful dinner. Thank you for the visit and the great comment.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Leigh....very kind words. I think I read that piece of yours, but I'll go check again to make sure. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, my life is all about simplicity now....if it doesn't feel right, I don't do it. I trust my instincts and I pay attention to what is right for me without infringing on the peace of others. I love my life right now, and I will not return to the old way of living that almost killed me....no matter what.

      Thanks buddy; have a great day, great weekend, and great life, and I'll catch you down the road.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      brblog, I love that quote. Thanks for sharing it, and thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      internpete, that's the interesting thing....we all remember doing those things, but most of us have gotten away from it. Only we can change it. Thank you!

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      Heaven L Burkes 5 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Voted up - kudos, liked on FB, tweeted and Pinterested!!! LOL

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      We do go outside in the front yard and watch the people go by almost everyday when weather permits. I do have goals and do a lot of what you have said in the hub. Living today..that takes some doing. I like the filing system idea except you have to know me as I get over-filed and go through tons of files for stuff...even if they are different colors. I always learn a thing or two by your simple living ideas. Anyway this is a good way to start the day after Hub being down...Enjoy your walks.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      As always I appreciate your tips. I do take an hour to relax daily and have fun saving my change and going to the machine with the kids to see how much it adds up to. I wish I could eat one meal together as a family daily but my husband has a far commute and usually gets home later. Maybe a compromise is to eat together on Sunday. Voted up!

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      Heaven L Burkes 5 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Ahhhh. Thank you for this. I just did a piece (not here) about memories of sitting on the porch with my dad and drinking iced tea. (Hot chocolate as the weather turns cooler now). Wow! You expanded and embellished that idea to perfection.

      I can also see myself in the running around trying to do all at once, and finishing nothing. Good point! I'm going to take your advice there!

      A toast to you, my dear friend and mentor for this magnificent piece of writing. :)

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Awesome hub here Bill, I love the ideas of living simpler, and I really have no choice bro about the matter.

      I always manage my time on the ground, but as for digitally I cannot figure out a practical methods, and so I learned to simply wing it all when it comes to the web.

      I think if you stick to one single regiment on the web, you will find yourself stuck in a single web location, and so I do not believe in trying to do such a thing today, but I do indeed limit myself as to how long I shall network with folks, and how much time I shall write or whatever it is I stray off and do on the web as a whole.

      Life is so simple for me, because I learned to also limit all of my forms of living on the ground, so I feel what your putting down here.

      Oh I loved your video as well, and the best part was when you yelled about us not needing stuff! LOL. Funny bro, but your right!

      You know what I do with your hubs Bill, I don't need to tell you more, Peace and enjoy your hubbing day & night and have a wonderful weekend. both you and Bev