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Can We Change the World? The Answer Lies Within Each of Us.

Updated on December 29, 2014

What in the World Is He Talking About?

Before we begin, let’s explain what a preamble is. According to my good friends at Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a preamble is a preliminary statement that explains the purpose of a document or organization.

With that bit of footwork out of the way, let me also explain that H.O.W. (Humanity One World) is a movement consisting of writers and concerned citizens who are interested in making this world a better place to live.

Now, having said that, one could easily come to the conclusion that the last sentence written is as good a preamble as any, but I would disagree, and as the founder of the H.O.W. movement, my disagreement carries some weight.

Yes, H.O.W. is about making this world a better place to live, but I really don’t think that adequately describes our purpose.

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Alcoholics Anonymous Preamble

I can speak from experience here since I am an alcoholic. In many AA meetings around the world, the preamble is read as part of the pre-sharing portion. The AA Preamble states:

“If anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of AA to always be there, and for that I am responsible.”

In other words, we recovering alcoholics have a responsibility to give back to the alcoholic community. We recognize that we cannot stay sober on our own efforts, that we need a community of fellow alcoholics for support. That is how AA works! In fact, the 12th Step of AA states that “Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”

That’s it! That is our job as recovering alcoholics, to give back to others that which was freely given to us.

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Which Brings Us to H.o.w.

Since I do not believe in fixing something that isn’t broken, I have decided to borrow from the AA Preamble and fine-tune it a bit for our purposes. The new H.O.W. Preamble goes something like this:

“If anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of H.O.W. to always be there, and for that I am responsible.”

You see, I happen to believe that it is my responsibility to give back to society, and it is my responsibility to help those who need help. It is only by the Grace of God or some random roll of the cosmic dice that I am not homeless, or that I was not abused, or that I was not raped or sold into slavery or whatever other horrors occur daily in this world.

Now, that leaves me with two choices: I can either blithely go on my way, happy that my life is great but being unaware and uncaring about others who might be suffering, OR, I can be grateful for my good fortune and do everything in my power to help others.

I choose the latter!

Yes, a Random Roll of the Cosmic Dice

Have you ever thought about how random fate is? Some who are reading this have never known hardship. Others reading this seem to have hardship hard-wired into their DNA. I am especially tuned into the whole cosmic nature of things because I am adopted. I’m one of the lucky one because I was adopted by caring parents who made sure I was raised with love and solid principles….but what if I hadn’t been adopted by those parents? What if I had been adopted by a couple who had no moral compass, or who died five years after adopting me? How would my life have been different?

How would my life have been different if I hadn’t had some loved ones who wouldn’t give up on me when I was a hopeless drunk? How would my life have been different if I had remained homeless, dumpster-diving for scraps of food?

A child cries from hunger on the streets of Philadelphia and no one hears.

An abused mother of four cries herself to sleep at night because she cannot take care of her children, and no one hears.

A veteran spends another hour in the soup kitchen downtown, savoring his one meal of the day, and no one sees.

If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one there, does it make a sound?

If I Am Not Responsible Then Who Is?

Fair question, don’t you think? If the plights of the homeless, the abused, and the hungry are not my responsibility, then who should I expect to step up and solve the problems? Seriously! Should I just turn my head and say that the government should handle these issues? Seriously? The government cannot handle the fiscal cliff; how can I expect them to handle the problem of millions of homeless.

Should I expect my neighbor to handle it all? Seriously? My neighbor who only cares about himself and his immediate concerns? Is that my solution?

Should I expect corporations to handle these problems, or perhaps I think that this is a job for the churches? Seriously? I see churches spending millions on building improvements while the parishioners stand in bread lines, and I see corporation CEO’s with off-shore accounts brimming with cash as they send jobs to China. Is that my solution?

No, those are not solutions at all; they are just examples of passing the buck, something we as a society are very good at.

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Why I must act

So When Does This Passing of the Buck End?

Every single one of you has to ask yourselves that question. I am writing to those of you who have a conscience. I am writing to those of you who still have an ounce of compassion and who still believe in the brotherhood of man.

The passing of the buck stops now! You, and you, and you and you….we are all responsible. You cannot sip your Mai Tai on a beach in the Tropics and pretend that there is no suffering. You cannot pad your 401K and then drop a quarter into the cup of a homeless woman. You cannot pat your child on the head and pray in thanks that she is safe while other children are being snatched off the streets and sold into slavery.

Or maybe you can do it….but I cannot!

I am responsible when anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help. Period!

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Yes, It Is an Enormous Task Ahead of Us

I have heard those words often since I started Humanity One World. I have heard that it all seems so hopeless; I have heard that there are so many problems that they dwarf any attempt we might make to solve them, and I have heard that one person cannot possible be an instrument of change when there are so many injustices.

And I am tired of hearing those things! Nothing changes if nothing changes, so let’s get off the pitty pot and start changing things.

The H.O.W. Movement is growing, and it will continue to grow if each and every one of you helps. You are the ones who can spread this message. You are the ones who can be instruments of change. You have to find it in your hearts to be that instrument. You are the ones who have to be willing to take the next step and do everything in your power to spread love and compassion.

Yes, spread love and compassion and yes, spread this message. Contact news agencies and newspapers. Print up H.O.W. fliers and distribute them. Invite all of your friends to visit our Facebook page and our website. Start H.O.W. support groups in your hometown, and get your community involved. Have H.O.W. fundraisers and donate to a charity.

Be the instrument of change in 2013!

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It Begins Today

Yes, we have had a very nice honeymoon with this H.O.W. gig. We have gotten some people excited, and we have written some powerful articles, and we should all feel good about that honeymoon.

Now the real marriage begins, and we all know how difficult a marriage can be!

Now the hard work begins. I don’t know what you thought about this movement when it began. I’m sure some of you thought that it was a cute little gesture, but that it would blow away in a few weeks.

Well surprise….as long as I am breathing this movement is not going away.

Are you with me for the long run, or did you just sign up for the honeymoon? Are you willing to put in the work necessary to make this marriage work, or are you too busy to be bothered? It begins with the 365/365 Challenge; we'll move forward from there.

When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of H.O.W. to always be there, and for that…..

We are responsible!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Got it and added you...thanks!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I just sent a request to FB.... I am Joelle.... my picture is a puppet :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      kidscrafts, bravo to you. The actions you are taking are exactly what H.O.W. is all about. Every person making a difference one person and one small act at a time. I really appreciate you and your efforts. Join us on Facebook; we would love to have you.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great hub, BillyBuc! I didn't know about "HOW". It's very interesting! I love great associations that help people in need intelligently!

      With 2 other friends, instead of giving gift to each other for birthday, we make a donation to kiva. I take care of our group kiva account and we lent already 55 times because with years passing we added more money and we lent the old money already several times :-)

      I also help an association who help kids in need in my area with my work (website, newsletter, etc.).

      I think it's important to give anyway we can as individual because we have either money or talent that can make a big difference in someone else life!

      Thank you for sharing HOW.... I will read more about that organization!

      Have a great day!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, thank you! Any group with you as a member is a good group. :)

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Bill - I am joining your H.O.W group right now!

      I want to support you all the way and spread the word to others. God bless you and Bev for the good work you do!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I do understand what you are saying, Paradise. Thanks for the honest comment and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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      Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      I'm touched by this endeavor, and wish everyone involved all the best, though I can foresee practical difficulties in that most people's resources are limited; also, one could be enabling rather than helping though one wishes to help. I know you'll understand that last part.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rema, you are a dear woman. Thank you so much; my spirits lift when I read a comment such as yours. We will keep doing our part to make this world a better place, one person at a time. Thank you!

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Though I'm always late at reading and commenting on HP, I feel so inspired whenever I visit your hub, especially the H.O.W. series. I am with you all the way Bill and just need the extra time to spread the word. I will definitely keep aside some time without giving any excuses about having to sweat it out writing articles most of the time.

      We HAVE to do something and I am all willing to pitch in whatever I can to help increase the momentum of this massive movement. I am sure it is going to reach huge proportions very soon.

      I just loved the H.O.W. Preamble: “If anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of H.O.W. to always be there, and for that I am responsible.” This shall be my mantra in life hereafter. Thank you very much Bill for the inspiration and for this great movement.

      Cheers,

      Rema.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, we just might be onto something that has staying power. I sure hope so! Thank you for all that you do to make this world a better place.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Wonderful preamble to the movement, Bill. I look forward to seeing the advancement through 2013. It is inspiring to see so many people participating in a cause that will change the world in many areas.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, you understand this quite well...now I only have about 300,000,000 more Americans to convince. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mark; you're the best!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Bil...great move. I'm in favor that we borrow the Preamble from AA....It's perfect! Yes, we ARE each of us, RESPONSIBLE. As you ask, "If not me, then who?"...UP+++

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

      Bill, I added the preamble to the Home page of the H.O.W. Website. I will get with you on the flyers!

      Mark

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Gypsy! This is the Year of the H.O.W.....let's do it! Happy New Year to you as well my friend.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Very inspirational Bill. Let's do everything to make people aware and stand up and shout H.O.W. this year! Hugs. The best to you and Bev this New Year! Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rosemay, I hope you are right, and thank you always! Happy New Year to you my friend.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Bill you continue to motivate us all, I am proud to be a part of H.O.W. Baby steps will one day become giant leaps.

      Thank you and All the best for 2013

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I sure hope you are correct. We could use a little more love and tenderness in this world.

      Thank you Deb!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This could end up a lot stronger than the United Nations! I love the concept and what this could become with not a lot of work. Caring people can do so much with very little effort.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, nicely stated and I agree. Thank you Sir!

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

      It has always been my contention that there is Hell on earth. One such scenario is alcoholism. If a preamble works to help folks emerge from there, we should embrace it wholeheartedly. If we are to relieve the suffering of another we must be cognizant of how they relieve it themselves.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, that means a great deal to me; thank you for caring so much!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, thank you, and I believe that as well. We just need to keep moving forward.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Martin! May it indeed!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I am proud of the H.O.W. movement I am a part of and am always seeking new ways to do my part as well. You have my promise that I am always attempting to do my part in this.

      Great job and I am behind you 100%

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This a very motivating hub, Bill. I hope that the next level is reached soon. There's a lot of work to do, but with so many willing people I believe it can be accomplished.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Very inspirational. Happy New Year and may H.O.W. continue our dreams.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! I believe in it too; now we need to take it to the next level. I appreciate you greatly.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, it feels like we are moving in the right direction. Thanks!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I believe in the HOW movement and i know it will grow if we all do our share. I now look at people and THINGS differently. Thank you for opening my eyes. God speed Bill.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      Great cause, BB! It's really neat reading about the progress. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, I hope you are right! Thank you!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi billy, this is such an amazing movement, H.O.W. will be on everyones lips by the end of this year, can't wait to read more, nell

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, the response has made me very proud. I know some quality people and that's for sure. Movements are a lot easier when you have good company. :) Thank you my friend!

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, you should be very proud of yourself for initiating such a wonderful movement. I say movement because I can see this spreading rapidly, as long as we keep pushing it forward every day. Sharing this on Facebook and Voting Up and Awesome my friend!

      Pearl

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mark; I keep saying it, because it is true....you are a good man!

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

      This is awesome Bill, I will add the preamble to the main page of the HOW site, and we can get together and decide what should be on the flyer and I will create that and store it on a drive so anyone that wants it can download it.

      Mark

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Kindred....I draw my inspiration from those, like you, who are along for the ride and who care so deeply. :)

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      The concept just continues to grow larger every day. You may be a dreamer but you are even more a motivating force. :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Healthy, thank you so much; I will try to always be that inspiration, and I am humbled by your kind words.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      With you leading the H.O.W. movement I am confident it will be a success and I'm so proud to be a part of it! The movement has inspired me to begin my 26 acts of kindness which will hopefully inspire others. To even change one life we leave the world a better place but I know there is always so much more to do and I will continue to look to you for inspiration.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria my dear, thank you, and I am proud of this movement. As is my nature, I want it to grow into huge proportions today....LOL...not realistic but still, that's my nature. Thank you for always caring about others; you are an inspiration to me.

      Happy New Year Maria, and thank you.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, it is 26 degrees and foggy, but my heart is warm and I am hopeful for the future. Life is good; now we need to help others realize that simple fact.

      Thank you as always for the angels....and for just being who you are.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      God bless you, Debbie; how can we go wrong with people like you behind the movement?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donna, we will get on it today; thank you for the suggestion and the willingness to help.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I think it's a hell of an idea; I'll put Mark on it since he is tech savvy and I am brain dead. :) Thank you!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Happy New Year, Bill and fellow H.O.W. friends,

      I wanted to thank you for making this such a natural part of our life philosophy through your selfless promotion. I cannot tell you how many times and how many ways I tell those I encounter about this movement.

      Even with my young great nephews who got copies of Hyphenbird's " Calvin Compost" book, I found myself teaching them of the importance of recycling. I also taught them of the good deed a day... Which I have made a practice of since my life was spared in 1999 ... It is gratifying to see this spread exponentially and Bill, you should be proud each day.

      Looking forward to 2013 with much faith and hope. Love, Maria

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Absolutely this will grow and spread, Bill. There are mountains to climb and 'miles to go before we sleep.' But doing is the one step toward making a difference. Indeed we are responsible for each other; I do believe it is why we are on the planet.

      Thank you for putting it out there...the preamble works. Giving back is renewing and life sustaining to a large degree.

      Happy New Year on this beautiful New Year's Day here in Florida. Sending you sunny days and warm weather...along with Angels. :) ps

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Bill I am so honored to be a member of HOW.. I am posting this on Google and Facebook and pinning and twittering..

      everyone needs to know about this

      God Bless you my dear

      Debbie

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      Donna Kay Bryan 4 years ago

      Bill and Bravewarrior, I was thinking the same thing. I would love to start circulating here in Indiana and with my people back home in Kentucky, but I think we definitely need some uniformity to give us clout.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I just had a thought: could you or Mark come up with a flyer that we can download and print out? That way, we all have uniformity in the information we pass out. Plus, it'll look more professional. What do you think?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donna, very well stated! I hope you are having a very nice holiday, and Happy New Year to you. Thank you!

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      Donna Kay Bryan 4 years ago

      Bill, Amazing! Yes there are the naysayers who see the numerous problems of the world as a daunting task to conquer. I look at it like a pie. As a diabetic a whole pie at once could kill me. But if I cut it into slices, I can share it with others. Together we can all reap the delicious reward! Voted up, useful, awesome, and beautiful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, thank you for that reminder. With a marketing degree, you would have thought I would have remembered the seven times rule. :) Thank you my friend and enjoy your holiday.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I'm afraid my New Year's Day is being spent writing articles for customers, but I'm grateful to have customers and to be doing a job I love. Thank you so much and I hope you are having a wonderful holiday.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, we will keep plugging along. The journey is much easier for me knowing I have others like you working towards the same goal. Thank you so much and God bless you as well my friend.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      First thing is that we need constant reminders of the importance of this. We all tend to get wrapped in our lives and challenges that we face everyday. So if we keep on writing..at some point it will land in our brains. I think an advertising message has to reach someone 7 times before noticing. So keep on writing and everyday someone will do something to help..

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Yet again you always just say it the way it is and perfectly I might add. This truly a wonderful movement and very proud to be a small part of it. Thanks seriously for starting this up and continuing to help us cultivate it. Hope you are having a very Happy New Year today and thank you again!!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      With the New Year, hopefully, we can bring new perspectives to all people.....every journey begins with the first step and it looks like you have taken us on the first step! Compassion and empathy are the name of the game....any little thing we can do to help another.

      God Bless Bill! May this year bring about the change we need.

      Voted up, useful, and awesome.

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      Thank you Bill. May you have a terrific New year ahead.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Made....sending you the warmth of friendship to chilly Finland. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jeff, there are a few of us, and there will be more, and that's what this is all about. God bless you my friend and Happy New Year!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, we have 237 members....need to increase that, but I also need to be patient and continue to lay the groundwork. Thank you so much for caring, and now let's do our act of kindness and get this day started. Happy New Year my friend! A big year for you!

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      This is a great hub to remind all of us what we should and could do to make H.O.W. known to more people. Good job as always. :)

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      Bravo my friend!! It is up to us ALL to do our part to try to make a difference. No matter how small the act, small acts accumulate over time. I am with you all the way Bill. Thank God there are still some compassionate people left in this world.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I a so excited to be a member of H.O.W. How many members do we have so far? I'm looking forward to spreading the word and being a viable part of the solution. This will be a good year!