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Simple Living In A Complicated World

Updated on February 1, 2013

TYPHOONS AND GLASSES OF WATER

I have spoken before about something a friend of mine once said about me. Now this was maybe ten years ago, and I’m happy to report that it no longer applies, but for the sake of this article I think it’s important to repeat. He told me that I could make a typhoon out of a glass of water. In other words, I was fully capable, back in the old days, of complicating matters beyond belief. Do you know of anyone like that?

I am reminded of a song from the 60’s by the Young Rascals. It starts out with the line, “How can I be sure, in a world that’s constantly changing, how can I be sure…..”

There is no doubt that the world is changing quickly. Technology advances so fast that we barely buy the newest gadget and a new newest is on the market begging for our attention, and of course we just must have it.

Change, especially rapid change, can be a bit detrimental to many people. It is unsettling to have change happening so quickly, and I think one indicator of that unsettlement is the proliferation of self-help books on the market. They began to show up in the 70’s if my recollection is correct, and each year new books line the shelves and people buy them by the millions. “How To Find Happiness.” How To Live A Better Life.” How To Find the Meaning of Life.” The secrets to a better life are there for the reasonable price of $14.95, and people line up at book signings to shake the hand of the man or woman who has finally discovered the answers to existence.

Sigh!

What I have found when reading some of those books is that the same things are said in each book; each author words it differently but the same concepts are expressed in each book. It makes me wonder if there really are any new answers to age-old questions.

My life has spanned six decades and I can say without hesitation that the answer to the question “how can I be sure” was taught to me when I was a young child, and it hasn’t changed since then.

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YOU SEE, IT IS REALLY VERY SIMPLE

My typhoon-making days are gone. My aggravations are gone. My blood pressure is excellent, my heartbeat is strong, and I sleep the sleep of the dead each and every night.

Why?

Because I have gone back to the basics lessons taught to me so very long ago. In other words, I quit complicating life and settled in to enjoy the simple pleasures. I adopted a simple lifestyle.

And you can too!

Here is the process I used.

I thought back to my earlier years when I was living a happy, carefree life. What did it look like? Well, there was time spent with family. There was time spent with friends. There was time spent pursuing activities that I enjoyed and that gave me a creative outlet. There was camping, hiking, sports, writing, fishing and just being lazy and doing nothing.

It all changed as I stepped onto the Rat Race Escalator and joined the rest of the responsible adults. Suddenly there was a mortgage payment, and a car payment, and credit cards used for things I did not need. Suddenly there were better paying jobs and longer hours and less time for family, friends, and activities I enjoyed.

There was stress and strain, worry and the gnashing of teeth; there was higher blood pressure and there were many sleepless nights. Suddenly there was self-doubt where once it did not exist, and there was a feeling of inadequacy as I continued to fall further behind the Joneses and their buddies.

Hmmm! Maybe, I reasoned, it might be time to step off of that Rat Race Escalator and try a slow stroll for a change.

So that’s what I did, and you can do it too!

NO, NO, NOT ME!

There will always be those who will say that they can’t possibly do it. There will always be those who say they see no reason to do it. That’s fine; I ain’t selling and you ain’t buying. I can live with that. I make no claims to be smarter than anyone else, and I certainly don’t make any claims that my way is better than any other way.

But…..

If you are one who buys the latest in self-help books….if you are one who has forgotten what freedom from the Rat Race feels like….if you are one who finds it hard to be happy on a continual basis….then you might want to consider Living Simple.

I am going to keep saying this until I have reached as many people as possible with the message: your number one priority should be your happiness and well-being. Your number two priority should be the happiness and well-being of your family. Everything else is window-dressing in the store window of life.

I understand that I am flying in the face of a stiff societal wind. I say it is not necessary to work sixty hour weeks to be happy. I say it is not necessary to own two SUV’s and a 4,000 square foot home to be happy. I say that if you spend more time on Facebook than you do with your family, then you are seriously in need of a tune-up. I say that if watching reality television is more important than reality, then God bless you and may He keep you safe from yourselves.

I say one other thing, too, and this is important to consider. I think most of our problems in society today are a direct result of losing our way as a society. Materialism has been substituted for inner-quality. Consumerism has been substituted for Yankee know-how. Greed has been substituted for compassion, bigger has been substituted for better, and ego has been substituted for humility. Is it any wonder that our society is going down the toilet?

We have lost our way as a society, and as long as we insist on following this current path we will remain lost.

A moment with Bill

SO I HAVE CHOSEN TO TAKE A DETOUR

Have you ever heard someone describe another person as someone who follows the beat of a different drummer? Well that’s me, and that is a small circle of friends that I hang with, and we all have one thing in common. Can you guess what that one thing might be? We are all happy and at peace with our lives.

How friggin’ cool is that?

All of us have dusted off the old Life Magazines and we have stepped into those pages. We are living the simpler times. None of us works full-time for an employer. All of us spend quality time with our families and friends. All of us are either debt-free or working on that goal. All of us purchase according to needs rather than wants.

People have asked me how is it possible, and I return to the phrase “needs rather than wants.” As simple as those four words are, they seem to be very complicated for many to live, because most people are hard-wired into the consumerism mentality. The concept of “the more you purchase then the more you have to work” can be reversed to say “the less you purchase then the less you have to work.” Duh! We choose to purchase very little; thus, we do not have to work fifty and sixty hour weeks to catch up. And if we don’t have to work fifty or sixty hour weeks then we have more time to spend with family and friends. Again….duh!

Frugal living is the life for me. Simple living and simple pleasures and a nice, cold glass of lemonade. Yessir, life is good!

I loved my father. Anyone who has read my work over this past year understands that to be true. However, there were things he and I just did not agree on. One day, and I will always remember this, he was mad at me for always being in a good mood despite the problems around me. He was raised during the Great Depression, and there were times that economic struggles could weigh him down, and I’m sure it annoyed the hell out of him on occasion when I was in a good mood.

He told me one day that I needed to pull my head out of my ass and realize that life is just not that simple.

He was wrong. Life really is that simple.

Again, I ain’t selling, so don’t feel like I’m preaching to you. I’m just telling you that this works for me and it could work for you if you choose to give it a try.

If not, thanks for taking the time to read. Now hurry off and try to get five quality minutes with your family. Hey, maybe you could watch a reality tv show together and call that quality time. J

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      NicNic, that was a very kind thing to say. Thank you! I look forward to reading your work soon.

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      Nicole 4 years ago

      Thank you for being my first follower I joined Hub because I read your article on "living simply" and I wanted to read more. I was actually searching so much on line and I read your article, then my feeling of being overwhelmed and lost was gone. Thank you. I hope I can write like you soon with passion and soul.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Skye, you brought a smile to my face. No, my dad never did experience the simple life, and that is sad because he certainly knew his share of struggles. I celebrate with you the simple pleasures and I am so happy that you found the truth. Life is good today my friend and seems to get better every single day.

      God bless you as well my friend.

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      skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Billybuc Awesome hub!! Love it. You are heartfelt bro and blessed with great wisdom. At one time I was in the world with all the stuff and lost the meaning of life. Today I am so grateful to say with hard lessons and Christ I grew up and ditched my worth based on things Things and stuff we see will not last but everything we do not see is eternal and a gift that no one can take from us, we can only give it away if we choose. Joy, peace, gentleness, kindness, humility, patience, love, simplicity. Stuff only bonds one to chains. My chains are off I am free. Amen.

      I laughed toward the end of your writing. Your dad got upset because you were happy all the time. Too funny. Did he get to experience the simple life? I hope so.

      Many would do wonders for their souls if they could live simple and not put trust and value in things and self. God Bless you bill. What a great read! Thank You. Your sista Skye

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Doc! I always smile when I see you have stopped by. That's quite a gift you give to people, a free smile. :)

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      A very good hub. I will remember these two priorities: your own happiness and well-being and that of your family. The rest is insignificant. It's good to hear that you're healthy. People who are worry warts suffer from all sorts of health problems. Don't worry about things you can't control and take action or change whatever it is that is not making you happy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I look at modern families today and I shake my head. There are too many activities for the kids...it's almost a manic existence. Kids need to have time to just be kids. There is nothing wrong with some down time and family time.

      Thanks for a great comment and I agree with your parents.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Try raising a child today when everyone is running around to lessons and sports and more lessons and parties etc..... My parents used to say that they knew we were a "boring" family, but that we were happy. They were right and I am trying very hard to have a "boring" family too. Awesome hub with a great message.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      andromida, nicely stated and I of course agree with you 100%. Thanks for a great comment.

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      syras mamun 4 years ago

      Life is really a simple journey if you follow your heart and do what you really love to do.Most of us are just conditioned by the society.There is no race of becoming something or someone except becoming yourself.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, I will be interested to read about your return to the workplace. It's quite an adjustment and I wish you well my friend. Thank you!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Well done! I think most humans are getting in their own ways most of the time. I have been out of the rat race for more than a year and getting ready to get back into it. :( But, I will take what I have learned to keep the process uncomplicated, un-materialsitic, and enjoyable. This is a great hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, life is good indeed, and it will remain that way as long as I keep taking care of priorities. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, thank you! I guess once a teacher always a teacher. :) I appreciate your kind words my friend.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is the only type of life I ever wanted to live. There's less stress, more fun, more family time...yes, life is good. Another lovely hub, Bill.

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

      Awesome write once again, my friend! I'm glad to be reading these simple living hubs by you and I cannot but agree that it isn't so difficult if one puts one's mind to it. You are a good teacher.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Steve, it is a nasty trap and one that is hard to break out of for sure. It is especially hard when you are the only one who sees the wisdom in breaking free. I'm lucky to be married to a woman who embraces this idea.

      Thanks for the visit, and good luck!

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      Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Stop the world, I wanna get off. 2013 has got to be the year I make my life simpler. The big 50 approaches next year and I need to get back to basics. Sorting out my life is a priority but I'm not sure where to start. I can relate to what you say about the rat race, but can't see how to get off it. In my family I seem to be the only one holding the view that we don't need the big house, nice car and latest gadgets so it is awkward talking about it. They know the state of the finances yet choose to make excuses for not taking the simple path.

      Don't know what to do for the best.

      Thanks for this article. It's great to know that others are making a go of living simply.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Kindred! Hell, I can't afford impulse buying anymore. Makes that vice kind of easy to kick. LOL I took the day off today; are you proud of me?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      laidbacklady, I'm sorry it took me so long to respond. I took the day off which is rare for me. Thank you for following me and for your kind words. I will try to read some of your work tomorrow. I promise.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Listen to you, Sha! You are alright in my book any old day. The Rascals understood, but society has forgotten the lesson. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, when you start out quoting The Young Rascals, I know I want to listen. They were awesome messengers. What you say here is what the world needs to hear - and live.

      Our world has become so godforsakenly (new word!) misdirected that it has led to dissention, mistrust and social illness. But there is a cure: "Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now. Right now. Right now."

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      Linda 4 years ago from Plumsted Township, NJ

      Billy, this was an incredibly enjoyable read! There are several valid points made. And in this world where things are constantly changing, we have to just make sure than the changes are not changing us. Technology gets in the way a lot, though when introduced it is purportedly designed to make life simpler. Yeah, right.

      Not being at an age where I can work less hours, sometimes my career leaves me burnt out. And lately when I find every day I am saying "I hate people" just because some idiot is whining about this or that triviality, I have been thinking that I do indeed need to step off the escalator.

      After reading this hub, I will indeed try and find more time to spend with my husband and my children--not my husband, the children, and their electronic devices. And as for the whiny idiots I let get under my skin, perhaps I shall begin to let their crap just roll off, instead!

      Voted up and all compliments chosen! I look forward to checking out more of your hubs! Thanks so much; it's been a pleasure! :)

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Kindred, you do have a way with words. Life is simple and the more simple you make it, the sooner you realize that even your "needs" are more basic than you once thought. Even during my more lucrative years, when I had money, I would get the notion that I wanted something. I would get in the Jeep to go purchase it. Driving along, I would beging to question myself and before I arrived at my destination, I had completely talked myself out of it. I would head back home. Several days later, I would repeat the process all over again. I realized that when I had the urge to buy something, all I had to do was delay the decision and in the interim I would discover that I didn't really need it or want it. It was pure impulse. Thus the term "impulse buying". I am cured now. :-)

      It is a good place to be, when a glass of lemonade can provide the same satisfaction as the purchase of some new-fangled electronic gadget. Great work on this one.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I like that you won't let your work define you. You are successful since I have no idea what you do for a living. Thank you for that and have a great weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michelle and I agree. Today I choose to be happy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, my dad used to tell me that you had to pay your dues in order to fully appreciate life. I believe that today; I have such a clear understanding of what is important and what is fluff. I love my life and I love having you in it.

      love,

      billy

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, it makes sense to me. I don't understand why others don't see it. Someone told me not to sweat the small stuff and it's all small stuff. I try to remember that. :) Thank you my dear!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Martin! I will remember that.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Happiness is certainly our choice to make. Thanks for sharing this, Bill.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Another winner Bill. I still work in what I consider the rat race but I do not allow it to overtake my life. I do not work long hours, I do not take work home, I do not work weekends, and I do not let work keep me up at night. It can be a difficult thing to do at times but I do not want my job and work to define who I am. Outside of work my life is pretty basic, family, friends, running, and of course my travels. Great job as usual my friend.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Oh yes another gem Billy!!!

      I am sure that every single person who will read this hub will be able to remember making their lives so very complicated when there is no need!!!

      I am going to stop here because I have another hub in the pipeline.

      I can relate to each and every hub of yours Billy and I am so happy to have you as my friend !!!

      Here's to ,many many many more hubs for us both to share on here.

      How different our days would be today if we had never joined HubPages !!!

      Today I feel that everyone who has been through difficult times and have come through the other end do have a very very strong connection to their inner beings. Mine seems o get stronger and stronger!!Carry on sharing your life;your thoughts and your heart because HubPages needs you.

      Thank you so much and I wish you and Bev a wonderful weekend.

      Lots of love from my little corner of Wales .

      Eddy.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Truth! The absolute KEY. "Simplicity!" K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple, Stupid. I love it. Save your time, your brain power, your nerves and stress levels. Keep the "mess and confusion" to a bare minimum....doesn't this just make TOTAL sense?....UP+++

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. If you are happy, keep your head where it is. Live is all one truly believes. But be careful. I lived free of money cares. Now I cannot work money.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Deb, you have the world by the tail and lovin' life. Great comment!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      As the old saying goes, life is what you make it. I am seated on the couch, with my feet up, just grinning from ear-to-ear, like the Cheshire Cat. Down the rabbit hole, I am, and darn happy with it, too. I keep my drum there, too.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, the Caravan sounds like a great dream worth working for. I'll cross my fingers and hope that it happens for you. Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

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

      Billy, I still feel like screaming 'stop the world I want to get off.' Oh.. how I envy you!....but we're slowly getting there. Al works a lot from home, and I've managed to cut down on some shifts. Hopefully we will be the proud owners of a caravan in the Spring then it's hit the road Jack :). Great write as usual. My very best to you.

      Jo.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rosemay, you are speaking for millions right now. We want the best for them, and we try to provide the best for them, and in the process we either dig a hole we can't climb out of, or it turns out the lessons we were trying to teach were not learned. :) Sigh! I understand from firsthand experience.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Thought provking hub Bill. I believe an uncomplicated life comes with age. I know with my kids I wnated them to have a better life than I did as a kid. I wanted the best for them, have the chances to do things that I didn't, travel and see the world, dress in fashion rather than the hand-me-downs that I wore, to be ambitious and reach their goals. Were we making a rod for our own backs... you bet we were. It was a complicated lifestyle and an expensive one at that, having said that we did spend a great deal of quality time together. But wanting the best for them looking back was probably did them no favourse. I've lost count of the times we've had to bail our son out with his credit cards, wanting the latest models etc. But hopefully he'll come realise a simpler life as he ages too.

      We are at times our own worst enemies

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martie, great comment, and you had me laughing at your statement that there should always be a Bill complicating matters beyond belief. I swear to God, Marty, I don't intend to but it seems I've done that my entire life. :) Have a great weekend in South Africa!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, young kids do complicate things a bit. Keep dreaming and one day......

      Thanks my friend; have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      hecate-horus, what a great quote that is! Thank you for reminding me of that, and thank you for your kind words. Have a great weekend.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Somehow people have to go trough The Mill before they can settle in calmness and contentment. Those who are at the age of 60 still settled the same way as they were at 20, are quite unbearable to live with. Their minds are stuck in an old world that was not ready to accommodate development.

      There is a time for everything - also a time of complicating matters beyond belief and a time to leave those matters to others.... There should always be a Billy complicating matters beyond believe. Calm waters need to be stirred, or else it becomes contaminated with all kinds of viruses and pests until it simply dies for the sun to devour.

      Thought provoking hub! Thank you, billybuc.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      It is a gorgeous place where you live Bill...I would love to get to the simple days but with young kids at home...things always get complicated:). I can dream about it....:) lol

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      hecate-horus 4 years ago from Rowland Woods

      This hub reminds me of a quote from John Lennon and I'm sure we've all heard it, "The teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I said happy. She told me that I didn't understand the assignment. I told her she didn't understand life." Obviously, Billy, you understand life. :) Great hub, really enjoyed it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris, it is I who should applaud you. You are a living example of this hub. We have had similar experiences; when I quit my last teaching job three years ago I had no safety net, but I knew it was necessary for me to embrace the things that are truly important. I am so happy you came to that realization at a relatively young age. Now you have many happy years ahead of you so Bravo!

      love,

      bill

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Very well said bill. It's great to be back on the ground and start catching up with my reading with this very useful and positive write. I read this earlier and have to come back to put my comments.

      I was once in the rat race, part of the big corporate world, extending working hours to late nights and weekend just to catch up with the deadlines and impress the people around me. In return, I would compensate my family time with some stuff that only money can buy. But, hell it was all so wrong and not so worth living. I was exhausted and wasn't really that happy and trust me, whatever I do wasn't just enough and there's always a big hole gaping.

      And then, I decided to change gear. I am no longer part of the big corporate world that sucks my brain dry. I left my job as I mentioned in one of my hubs (Life as a FA) and pursue what I love the most: Flying and Writing. My freelance writing keeps me occupied in my own free time ( I write in the local paper here) when I'm not flying but then again, I'm home while writing and tending to my family at the same time without rushing when not flying. Mind you, there's not much money here compared to what I used to do but have plenty of time for myself and for my family and I love it and will not swap it any other way.

      Money is tight alright but we've learned to cut on so much unnecessary stuff. We now buy experience and sticking to our mantra: Buy what we need not what we want.

      I'd like to applaud you for this wonderful wake up hub and hopefully, we all learn to get back to the basic and realize how to live in a much simpler but happy way.

      Love from the sky~

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, true words. The ride is often much more exciting and enjoyable. :) Thanks again.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Steph, I get it. Mess with my family and watch out; mess with me and I can walk away. We never stop being parents, and I see nothing wrong with that. :) Thanks Steph; have a great weekend and I hope everyone is healthy now.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, it was indeed! :)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Steph, that is an awesome outlook! I wish everyone would try to adapt that view. If you can't change what's going around you, you may as well just enjoy the ride!

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      Stephanie Hicks 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      For me, living simple also means not reacting to the drama around me (perhaps your typhoon in a drinking glass). Also, not making my own mountains out of molehills. Traffic? Well, gosh, I guess I'm going to be a few minutes late. Long lines at the grocery store? Will my getting overly frustrated change anything?

      I do still need to work on my reactions to things involving my kids (momma bear syndrome), but for the most part, I take less offense at things around me, and enjoy life more than I did in the past.

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

      Wasn't it the Beatles that said "Money can't buy me love"?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tipoague, there are quite a few things I wish I would have paid closer attention to when I was young. Now I have to learn them without the wisdom of my relatives to help me. Thank you for the visit and have a great weekend.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from USA

      Excellent article! I grew up in a frugal household. I learned homemaking skills at a young age, many of which I still use and passed along to my children. I think it is too easy to get caught up in the Jones world with all the technology around us. There are some things though that I wished I would have paid more attention to when growing up. (Like how my grandmother made her soaps and such.) Like you, I think living the simple life is much healthier and happier than filling it full of complications.

      You have my vote up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith...take out the garbage...I like that. :)

      Thank you my dear, and enjoy life's simple pleasures this weekend.

      love,

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Excellent write dear Bill!

      Yes, take out the garbage and replace it with peace, happiness and love of family and friends, and just enjoying life's simple pleasure. This life is far too complicated . . . that is, if we make it so.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Hugs and blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, great comment and thank you! I just don't like complicating life, and I found in the dark past that most of my problems were ones of my creation. Now that's a sobering moment for sure when you find out that you are your worst enemy. LOL Happily I like myself now, and I love life, and I just try to keep things at a very basic level of live, love, and laugh. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, then you understand completely. I like hearing that. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric....LOL...thank you for simplifying your comment for me. :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      I seen a common ground in our perceptions. Since childhood I was taught about simple living, high thinking.

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

      I had a long comment to write. But that was not very simple. Thank you.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      We don't need to buy self-help books, we have you! Your articles bring us back to reality. I always feel so peaceful when I read your posts.

      I agree with you about simple living. I don't know how simple I could live, but I am fine with just working 40 hrs a week and having plenty of time to spend with friends and family, and only buying what I can afford (needs and just maybe a few small wants, but not trying to keep up with the neighbors). I am usually a happy person living that way.

      But as far as finding the secret thing that can make you happy, I think that is similar to looking for a magic ingredient that will turn an obese person into a slim beauty - there is no secret. If more people would read your article, I think they would realize it is not a complicated thing... although that may not be the best comparison, because you can be happy (it is just not anything magical), but there are no shortcuts to changing your body.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Arun, you summarized it perfectly. Well done, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, many of us had to learn the hard way, but now I would not want to go back to the old way. Strip away the unimportant and you quickly discover what is vital for happiness.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I'm going to keep pounding away at this because I think it is very important. Thank you for the visit and you are right....it is a matter of making up our minds and then beginning the purge.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I have no doubt that you understand this hub. No matter what happens in your life you are well-grounded, and that is an asset that will always serve you well. Thank you!

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      As I understand simple living means to simplify one’s lifestyle by reducing one’s unnecessary possessions and increasing self sufficiency. One is satisfied with what they need rather than what they want thus refraining from luxury.and the scope enhances for better health and quality time for family and friends.Thanks for the great hub.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I had to learn to live the simple (and frugal) life when I retired and realized I had not saved enough money to comfortably live the same way I lived when I worked. I had to eliminate a lot of things that I had thought I could not live without. I have not missed those things.

      Great Hub. Voted UP and will share.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      We have to get to your point Bill if we want to live, or have life worthwhile. It isn't easy sometimes but once we make up our minds it should be fun throwing out all that heavy trash!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      You really do know just how to put in the simplest of terms, because yet again so very true and can't agree more with you Bill. Life and happiness is what you make of it and I am will you that I try to do what makes me and those around me happy daily in it simplest terms. Thanks yet again for sharing and I have voted way up and tweeted!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, I would hang with you any old day! Nothing strange about you at all my friend; seems to me you have your priorities perfectly aligned. Thank you for a great comment and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I agree that a certain amount of wisdom comes with age; the ability to see life with a clarity that is missing in youth. I am so happy today, and I want others to be happy as well, and they are not going to find it unless they manufacture it and simplify their lives. Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I think we come to simplicity and wisdom with age Bill. It is so hard to convince youth....in a world constantly changing....many have their heads where they don't belong. Life's lessons help bring us around. If only they had Life magazine to teach them.

      As always Bill, a simple point made well.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting...an honest button would be good here.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, thank you! I find that I enjoy life so much more now....not that I didn't when I was younger, but I have a greater appreciation for life today.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hello Billy, not often I get a chance to be your first commenter, so I'm jumping in really quickly. You have discovered what I have resolutely followed since my simple days of growing up in a little Zulu village in South Africa. I still make and preserve all our own food, buy little, because I really don't need too much, and have weathered many storms in life by maintaining my determination to be grounded, watch the birds, grow flowers and vegetables and write. So good to know there are others who would not think me quite strange. Simple, yes. Bored? No.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      so true..and such good lessons for all of us. We do make life very complicated..Though trying not to I am sure I also do. I think as we get older some stuff just doesn't bother us anymore. I feel more peaceful in many ways. I think one of the major issues I love all the things I do..and I do have a wide variety of interests. Anyway you are right on target as always..and thanks for a great read. Up and share.