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Humanity One World: H.O.W. To Get Involved!

Updated on December 5, 2012

THE MOVEMENT GROWS

Are you a part of it? Are you part of the solution? Humanity One World, a movement of writers and like-minded human beings who want to see this world improve; have you joined yet?

It is a large task for sure! There are seven billion people on Planet Earth; how can one person make a difference? Is it possible for one small group of people to make a difference? Currently there are 235 members of the H.O.W. Movement. Surely those 235 people are not so warped as to think they can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel in their bare hands, and actually make this world a better place to live in. Surely they don’t believe that!

Well, yes they do?

But how you say? How is it possible to improve the environment, or make cities safer from crime, or stomp out abuse? The problems are too big; where do you even begin?

You begin, simply, by beginning.

How do you think every major movement in the history of mankind began? One person….one idea…and a willingness to try…that’s how they began.

I know this to be true: if no one tries then nothing will happen! We will continue to see the homeless numbers grow. We will continue to lock ourselves in at night so the boogie man doesn’t get us. We will continue to leave a legacy of complacency and fear for our children.

So we take one small step and then another.

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H.O.W. CAN YOU HELP?

Let me ask you this: what are you passionate about? Are you passionate about education? Are you passionate about veterans’ rights? Are you passionate about drug abuse? If you had to pick one cause, what would it be?

Once you have answered that question, then brainstorm what you can do in your community. Don’t tell me that you can’t do anything; tell me, rather, what you can do. It is too easy to throw up your hands and say you don’t have the time, or you don’t have the confidence, or whatever. Excuses are a dime a dozen, and the world is in sorry shape because of the millions of excuses and apathy. Tell me what you can do!

Can you write an article or letter and send it to your local politicians? Can you organize a neighborhood group to discuss local issues? Can you…..do something?

NEIGHBORHOOD….COMMUNITY….STATE….COUNTRY….WORLD

I cannot change the world all at once. I can, however, begin to change my neighborhood. I have written about the neighborhood that we live in, the Northeast Neighborhood of Olympia. This is a community-minded neighborhood. People feel safe there; there are events held periodically so that neighbors can get out and meet each other. There is a neighborhood newsletter and website, and the neighborhood is active in city politics. How did it begin? One person with an idea, to make this neighborhood a better place to live.

How many will read this article? Hundreds and possibly thousands if I had to make a guess. What if each person who reads this started a newsletter for the neighborhood in which they lived? Organize the neighborhood with a block party and begin to discuss your problems, and then notify the city that you are a citizen action group that wants to be heard.

How many will read this article? What if each of you started a blog that addressed the social problem that you are passionate about? How many followers could you get? One hundred? So suddenly, 235 members of H.O.W. have their own blog, with 100 followers each, and now the movement is in the thousands.

I am a big believer in grassroots movements. I firmly believe that the most effective means of affecting change is at the community level. That change needs to be started by someone; why not you?

GO VIRAL

The internet gives us an opportunity that other activists never had, namely the chance to reach millions with our message.

Each one of you signed on to this movement because you care about humanity. Do you care enough to make a YouTube video and publish it? If every single one of you made a video, we would have 235 H.O.W. videos on YouTube, and suddenly we have thousands viewing our message.

If each one of you printed up fliers communicating the purpose of H.O.W., and distributed them around your neighborhood, or hung them on community bulletin boards, do you think we could spread the word? How many people would we reach?

THE SECOND PHASE


It is time! We have had our little honeymoon. We have all contributed articles about H.O.W., and we have patted each other on the back for writing those articles, and they were beautiful indeed. But now what? Are we going to sit around and wait for someone else to tell us what to do, or can we begin to have 235 separate, individual activities outside of our comfort zone, which is writing?

This, then, is the second phase. Each of us needs to take the next step and find a way to spread the H.O.W. message other than writing articles.

I am encouraged by what I have seen so far, but I am also aware that movements have a tendency to die once the initial push has been made. People return to their normal lives, and the movement sits on the back burner waiting for someone to once again light a match.

I do not plan on allowing that to happen with H.O.W…..I am your match, and I am lighting it now.

What can you do?

Can you do more for H.O.W.?

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ONE SUGGESTION WORTH MENTIONING

In order for the H.O.W. movement to spread like wildfire, it is important that the name accompany anything that you do. The more often H.O.W. is seen on the internet, the more people will become aware. Our keywords are H.O.W. Humanity One World, and we want to reach the point where every single time someone in the internet world types in a search for the word humanity, our movement pops up on the search engine. This can happen and happen quickly if all 235 of us do our part.

Sit with me

WHAT WE HAVE NOW IS NOT WORKING

I know for a fact that the world is in trouble. The only ones who may not think that are sitting on the top floor of a corporation, looking down on their minions.

I also know for a fact that our society suffers from the diseases of complacency and apathy. It is unlike anything I have seen during my sixty-four years on this planet, and to this writer it is a sad and ugly sight. I can no longer sit around and hope that someone else does something to make things better. I can also no longer sit around and declare that my little home is safe so to hell with everyone else.

People are suffering! People are dying! The environment is disappearing! Animals are disappearing! Children are not learning! Crime lords rule cities! Someone has to do something, so I ask you again….

What can you do?

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Shadow! I appreciate you visiting.

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      Billionaire Brains 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      This is very inspiring!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, it is my hope and prayer that you are right, that this movement will continue to grow, and we will see definitely improvement in this world. Wouldn't that be lovely?

      Thank you dear friend. Wishing you peace and blessings this Wednesday.

      love,

      billy

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Again Billy another powerful and moving hub from you. Your words always so true and so sensitive.

      Here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here and I will be adding another hub to H.O.W on Saturday. I have feeling that this gem which you have created is going to grow from strength to strength.

      Lots of love to you and Bev.

      Have a wonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Doc; have a great day, wherever you are. :)

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Thank you Billy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, good morning! Where were you when I was younger and I needed someone by my side? :)

      Yes, please write that article. I cannot look at the enormity of the problem or I will be discouraged. Like you, making a difference one person at a time is something I can do, and each article helps to do that. I look forward to seeing your article, and bless you for caring.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Good morning Billy,

      Last night I was watching an infomercial about hungry children in the world and it really caught my attention. There are approximately 2ooo,ooo children in the world in need of assistance. I'm going to write a hub that is targeted on improving the life of every child. I believe it's a start and if we all participate as a team, we might be able to save a child from poverty, disease and even abuse. There are ways to get involved and I will do some more research, but it's only a very small contribution and if we can get as many people involved, we can make a difference. Just a suggestion. Let me know what you think. If I do write a hub, it will raise awareness.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I'm not sure I see the need for you to get vocal. :) Bless you for what you do; the reward is in the act itself, and the smiles that greet you. Thank you for your kindness.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      What a great inspiration. I am enjoying reading all of the different H.O.W. hubs. It shows that this movement is taking off. Some of us still do things on the down low so to speak. I lead a group of special needs seniors in fun activities every week which has brought me immense joy. In the summer my daughter joins me. I am just one of those people who doesn't like to make a big deal about what I do. Maybe I'll get the nerve up to be more vocal one day.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you aren't hard on me....you love me...and that is a precious gift. No worries my dear.

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I didn't mean to be hard on you Bill, but I'm on the outside looking in and I saw danger signs. I love you and don't want you to burn out. I'm being purely selfish; I need you, my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you are such a dear person, and I so appreciate you talking to me the way you did about stepping back. I promise I will; it's going to be in January when I re-appraise what i have done and where I want to be. I promise!

      Thank you and love coming at you.

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow, Bill. I've read your beatnik poem, but to hear you recite it, brings the passion with which you wrote it life and passion! I'm thrilled that we are 235 strong, probably even more so, since I'm responding to this hub eight days after you posted.

      You are the best. The world has already become a better place because you are in it and you cry real tears.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, my bruised and battered friend, thank you! I love your ideas; are you from the BC area? I don't think I even know where you live. Anyway, both ideas are fantastic; I really like the seed idea, and I'll have to do a little research about that in my area. Thank you for two great ideas. Keep in touch about them, and let us all know how they work out. Those are practical ideas that anyone can do, which is the whole point of this movement. We can all do something; it just requires a willingness to get involved.

      So good to see you, and I am proud to be your friend.

      love to you,

      bill

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      k..i've had a couple ideas of late..in the next day or 2 a friend and i are going to places like home depot, safeway..etc - to ask them to donate their seeds from last year...corn, peas, tomatoes - anything! There is a VERY small non-profit group out of vancouver BC - who will then be hand delivering these seeds to haiiti to ensure they make it through the many layers of corruption - and then - then will be helping to plant them as well..

      the other is just an idea i got the other day from a piece on the news..i'd like to get dogs from shelters that need homes - and take them to places like old folks homes, senior living centres - and maybe even hospitals! it's a win-win situation because it helps promote happiness - if not healing too - and i bet the dogs are adopted by staff and family...etc..

      what do you think?

      You're the best Bill...i gave up trying to get to your hubs first..lol..i got bruised and battered with the effort - so now - i've discovered it's best to pause until the crowds dissipate..lol..xx

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, that is an admirable focus; with you and Tammy working on it from different sides of the globe, a difference will be made that will have ripple effects around the world....one person and one stray at a time. Thank you for doing what you do.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, bless you. Six strays? I think that is wonderful, and it fits in well with this movement, which is not just about human beings, but also about the environment and animal cruelty. Thank you for caring enough to do something about that problem.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      My focus is on strays too. Will be thinking about HOW we can make the world a better place for them.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I need to do more than I do now and this group inspires me. Right now my focus is on stray animals. Right now there are 6 strays that I feed. I hope to get the animals tamed and fixed so the unkempt breeding stops. There is much more I can do. I have got some great ideas from many of HOW hubs. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I am encouraged so far, but then I expected this kind of reaction from my friends here at HP....now we need to expand and keep growing. Bless you for your work with that safe house; keep us posted.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, bless you! You have beautifully driven home a point that I keep hammering on.....things like that are waiting to happen; all it takes is someone willing to start the movement. Keep up the good fight my friend; I'm right there next to you. Thank you Paula!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, your strong voice in an article would be greatly appreciated. I believe in your mantra as well; let's hope we can convince more.

      Thank you, PS, and I feel the angels nearby. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, I would say God is some serious back up. :) Thank you for passing on the message.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      That is a good membership: 235! I just spoke with the women that I interviewed for the Breaking The Silence, I am hearing more of how abuse affects the mind more than the body. May have to get this second post out this month. I am going to follow up on the safe house our church has started. The H.O.W. members are really inspired and posting great hubs on social concerns. Great movement! Blessings.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Wow....235 members thus far? I am even more inspired. Choosing only 2 of my causes, at this moment, I will say they are our veterans and the numerous issues in terms of what is severely lacking in our response and support of them...and of course, child abuse/neglect/exploitation.

      I have written my NY Senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand with my concerns re: Veterans........and as I was contemplating which direction to take, to somehow get involved with Child Abuse/Family Violence......Out of the "sky," I received a phone call from an agency fielding donations to a "Safe House" in the area.

      Bingo! I asked the caller, to send me any and all info I would need to proceed to organize a Community group, willing to put forth the effort necessary to open a new "Safe House." She was so excited and took all of my info and told me she would get a packet to me.

      I'm announcing this so that our readers can know that IT REALLY IS POSSIBLE. We just have to do it...........I'm amazed so far and grateful for each and every heart and mind who have joined in this mission........UP+++

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Bill, I don't know how I have missed this...been out tending to Christmas events, I suppose.

      One voice, one person at at time is a mantra of mine....and I read it over and over in your writings. I do believe that we can make a difference if we are willing to do any of the things you have mentioned in this article. Caring and sticking our necks out is a way to help make inroads into helping to make a better town and eventually a better planet....So I guess I need to join up and write an article on this topic soon. Sending Angels your way :) ps

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Great and powerful message Bill. I guess the most important thing is to keep doing all we can and continue to pass the message on and of course never give up. I know God is on our side so we've got strong back up. Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith my dear, I smile every single time I see you pop up with a comment. Thank you! I am, or try to be, an encourager....and a rabble-rouser....and a town crier.....and a soapbox poet shouting to the crowds.....anything to get people to care and toss aside their complacency and apathy. We need people involved and caring in this world....like you beautiful lady.

      Thank you Faith. Blessings and love to you, today and always.

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Hi my dear friend Bill!

      What a great point you have made here to think about what one is passionate about and go from there. This wonderful hub is well written and I love your imagery.

      You are such an encourager to help us continue to be mindful to continue to do what we already do in our daily lives in helping others. And to those who are still thinking on what they may do---this hub helps to give them great ideas as a step in that direction.

      Thanks for being a visionary with the next step in the H.O.W. movement.

      Thought I would take a little time this weekend to catch up on reading and commenting.

      You have presented excellent ideas here as to taking the next step, i.e., making a video on YouTube is really a great idea! You know me, as He tells us in His word . . . let us not only read His living and active Word, and so deceive ourselves, but do what it says . . . and actually be His hands and feet to a lost world.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Peace, blessings and love always, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, you have a huge heart, and I am honored to be your friend. Thank you, seriously, for caring so much! Have a wonderful weekend, Doc!

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      Awesome hub!

      thought provoking poem cry real tears. Yes, definitely billy. we need to get the word out. I'm very passionate about people earning an education regardless of their financial means or social status. This is why colleges and universities offer financial aid and student loans for those who qualify or don't have the financial means to study. Knowledge is power so why not turn your passion whatever it is into a career? I do care about the veteran's as well. like the idea of each and everyone one of us starting a blog, I like the idea of spreading the word in our neighborhood. The you tube video idea is great too. I need to do some brainstorming here, but yes would love to participate.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well said Rajan! One step at a time we can do this....one person at a time. Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

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

      Very well said Bill. Let us each choose an idea to go with and stick with it. We can do it individually or on a community basis on a larger scale. Nothing is too small to start with and will add to the H.O.W. movement .You have given some great ideas to start with. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, thank you for sharing this movement. One person at a time....we may not change the world, but we can make it a little bit better.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Great tips and ideas. I share HOW everywhere I can. Great initiative, great movement. Voted up and shared.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      tip....thank you! I'm with you; this is how I grew up; frugal is normal for me. As for the veterans, they have gotten the short end of the draw for a good many years now, and I think it is unacceptable that so many are homeless or without the care that they deserve.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I will keep on doing my thing, and I greatly appreciate your kindness and acceptance of my efforts.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from USA

      I have just recently came across your HOW hubs on my mission to get reconnected with HP. Reading this hub today made me think of a few hubs I wrote about how vets were treated in Vietnam. My daughter did an interview with my dad for a school paper where her teacher gave her a low score. I decided to post a copy of here paper here to make others aware that still today these men and women are treated with disrespect for trying to serve their country. It sure opened my daughter's eyes to why my dad is the way he is, and the things his company went through.

      Knowledge about changing this world, even if it is only ourselves, is important. It surprises me to see how many talk of frugal living and how important it is, when this was the way I grew up, and thought everyone lived like this.

      You are doing a great job here. I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I hope we all continue reaching out, not just at Christmas but all through the year. Keep on inspiring us Bill. You do it so well. Thank you. Cheers

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks again Beckie; I just wrote you a note....how do we measure success? I have wrestled with that question for quite some time. Oh well...I just keep moving forward like some bull in a china closet, hoping the damage isn't too severe.

      love to you as well,

      billy

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Well Billy - I left this comment on your other hub by accident.

      I agree with you. I shouldn't consider a hub and a letter I wrote sufficient and I am taking steps to take it further. I will be using that resource you so nicely offered earlier.

      I only hope I create success with whatever I come up with.

      Love to Bev and yourself

      And enjoy your day my end of the rainbow friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Theresa, I would love to be there and witness that.....keep sticking them good my friend; every movement needs a sharp thorn.

      I would have thought the state would require wheelchair access at a learning facility. Shows how little I know.

      Thank you as always; keep hammerin' them down in Georgia!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, it can seem overwhelming; I just try to stay focused on the next step, and keep moving forward. Now I have to get busy with the new H.O.W. blog and make a new entry for that....keep speaking the truth and others will listen. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vicki! This movement feels right to me. I have felt at time like a rudderless ship, but now I think I have my direction. Sure took me long enough. :)

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      Melissa Propp 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Great hub and very inspiring. I like Ardie's idea about the bumper sticker too. There are so many causes to support and so many ideas to rally behind, it can be a bit overwhelming. But this was a really great idea and you are bringing it to fruition, one reader at a time.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Hi Bill - Excellent essay urging us to move forward out of our comfort zone which is writing. Since the beginning of HOW I have gotten involved in two committees on the campus where I work. One is an ongoing effort to obtain and donate books to various Universities in Africa. We are about ready to ship 1000 books and then we will start collecting all over again.

      The other committee will review all campus facilities, make recommendations, and harass the administration to see that Disability Access and Accomodations are met. We have our work cut out for us because half the buildings are quite old and need a lot of upgrades.

      Our admin would rather spend money on Football, than Handicapped access. That's OK, because I have a fair amount of practice at being the thorn in someone's side. :) I was once Chair of the Faculty Senate and we had a very tumultuous year, but we accomplished an awful lot. :)

      Thank you for continuing to motivate us. ~~Theresa

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      What a powerful message--and so true! I feel bad that I haven't really gotten involved yet besides reading a few of the HOW hubs. I hope to do more soon. I need to find out what I'm passionate about once things slow down. :-) I love what you're doing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, thank you for your kind words. Your stories about nurses are remarkable, and they lift my spirits. One step at a time, right? One person at a time? I'm looking forward to the journey.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, I agree. I need to look into citizen action groups and see what avenues we have to further activities. It will come; time restraints are slowing us up right now, as is a cohesive direction, but it will come. Thank you for being the man you are.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      You've said it right Bill. We will have to get better at this coming up with sound ideas. The main thing is keep writing and bringing the attention of our fellow men. Enjoyed it!

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

      Billy, My poetic friend, your poem was powerful and thought provoking, beautifully done. I think there is always hope.

      When we see how much there is still to do, it is easy to be driven to despair, but we should also look at what has been achieved by so many people, they are doing their bit quietly, rather like the ladies you wrote about the '9 nannas' if I remember correctly.

      There are nurses on my unit at work who spend their holidays in India helping with simple surgery to regain people's sight. Some visit old people's homes, taking along their dogs the occupants love to pet the dogs. Others help in specific ethnic communities taking with them food stuff that reminds them of their ancestral home land, some visit people in hospital who do not have families, or when families choose not to visit. There is much to do, but there are many ordinary people out there who are actually, like you, very extraordinary.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Martin. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great job, Mark! Thank you!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. May I share that once I jumped in with both feet in the charity game, I was surprised with the number of people I would bump into who were serving.

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

      Made a poster already, I will share it with you for your thoughts...

      Mark

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mark! We have a FB page but not a fan page....I guess I'll have to get on that, won't I? :) Unless you'd like to do it. wink-wink!

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

      Awesome job keeping the fire going Bill. I would like to make more videos but I need to get a video cam first. I was thinking I could create a H.O.W. Poster and a header. Do you have a H.O.W. FB Fan page?

      Mark

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sunnie, what a giving heart you have. Bravo on who you are as a human being. Giving is good for the soul, as you well know; I wouldn't want my life any other way than the way I am living it now.

      Blessings to you kind lady!

      bill

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Hi Billy,

      You have encouraged us to write our thoughts now you have called us to action. Something that has taken up much of my time lately is my parents as we go through some health issues, taking them to appts and being there to help them daily but then my sister in law hurt her leg and is now in a cast. I am now the official family visiting nurse, caregiver, friend who is running to help in what ever they need. I am thinking as this time passes and they do not need me as much I will search out others, mostly elderly or disabled that may need help to Dr. appts, cook a meal, or a nice long visit. Right now I have my hands full but in time, I am sure I will be able to reach out more. Thank you for another great article. You youtube idea is really a good one!

      Sunnie

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, I'm all for a hub about veterans. Looking forward to it....and way to go, Maddy! Great job!

      Thanks for visiting Kelly; it's always nice to see you here.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lori, you are so right! Now to convince a few million more people of that fact. :) Thank you!

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      By Lori 5 years ago from USA

      It's very valuable to stay in touch. Living in your own bubble isn't as good as helping out and seeing a bigger world.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      You ARE so right Bill. These last few days my kids have been going around the neighborhood collecting canned goods for the less fortunate. Their school challenged them to collect 100 cans....Maddy just told me she is up to 38!! Not bad for an 11 year old!

      I do have a topic to write for H.O.W. picked out, I research so I'm so slow Bill! Lol. It's about Veterans though...hope to have mine done soon!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, exactly! It is much to easy to stand on the sidelines and bemoan everything; I would rather just wade into the deep water and see how it feels. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carter, I just saw it and posted it on Facebook and the H.O.W. website. Thank YOU for caring enough to help us....very much appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Rose, and thank you! I'm glad you like the movement.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I agree...one small thing....I'll keep dreaming big because, well, that's what I do. :) Thank you!

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I wrote a poem once about something like this. We can be well wishers all we want but we need to have an action, put our body into action and give truth to our words.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi Billy. I just published my contribution to your worthwhile and fantastic cause...I hope it helps...thank you so much for doing this and inspiring many to action...great job...cheers

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      schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA

      Nice video and poem, this is all new to me but a fab idea.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      This is a lot of stuff to think about. I know I do feel passionately about many things and ways to help. Need some sorting and thinking...I still think if each of us did one small thing...Will ponder and return.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Okay, Michele, as soon as I have something you'll have it.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, that's a relief. Thank God for small favors. :)

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      lol Bill, I did find my Dad. Alzheimer's is a journey of the unpredictable. At least I got him home today without finding he had lifted something while we were out. :-)

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you, we need a workable idea. We do want to be part of it!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, that's cool, getting invited to a writer's expose. I'm looking forward to hearing about that. Sheez, I hope you eventually found your dad. LOL

      Thanks for brightening my day! We'll figure something out.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Michele! I'll give that some thought. The minute I have a workable idea I'll let you all know.

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      Late to the party today but, I've been thinking the same thing. Duh! What next? So, between taking my Mom to the hearing aid place today only to find out that she wasn't wearing them and losing my Dad in Walgren's, I looked at some options for starting a blog or two. Plus, I made a connection today that got me invited to a statewide writer's expose in January where I can netwok and promote H.O.W. Don't know where I'm going with all this or how I'm going t do it but, I'm going to do something. :-)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ardie, I want one of those too. You print them and I'll buy one. :)

      Good to see you, Ardie! I hope you are well my friend.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Well we need more ideas on HOW to get this to work and were to go from here. We need more people to see it and get involved, and start projects that will help people. But, how are we going to do that. There should be some way that would interest the media. The best way to have people see us and understand us is the media. But, I have no idea how to get the media involved.

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      I want a bumper sticker Bill! HOW to fix our planet :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, you are a doll, and I know you do more than most people do considering all the plates you are balancing in your life. Thank you so much; I really appreciate all that you do, and who you are.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, truly so accurate and you are right that more needs to be done and seriously a bit unsure as to where to go next. Just being honest when I say I would be willing to do more, but just need more inspiration and ideas. Need to brainstorm I suppose. Have voted way up though and shared and tweeted in hopes to put this out there for more help, too!