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I Won't Give Up On Us: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on October 8, 2013

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You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

Mahatma Gandhi

There is no need for great detail. At one time I was a non-productive and yes, destructive, drunk. Today I am a recovering and yes, some would say, productive member of society.

Two things saved me: a willingness to live and the supportive shoulder of some friends and loved ones who would not give up on me. They were determined to love me until I could love myself.

And they were successful!

The next school shooting site perhaps?
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We got a lot at stake, we never break we only bend, pass the guns and butter, boys, and set out those sentries for guard duty tonight, because the wolves are howling at the door and damned if they don’t look a lot like you and me and Ned and Pete and Sally and…..

I won’t walk away, dude, no matter how much you piss me off, and freedom of speech is a pain in the ass when it means listening to your bullshit about gun control or increased gun ownership, and Catholics vs Jews vs Pentecostals vs Baptists, and who is right and who is wrong and look, up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane…..no, it’s just the sheik spouting his venom in our direction once again, and who can be trusted when friends look like enemies and enemies look like friends?

Send the kids to school, go shopping at the Mall and hope to God today is not your day to witness the glory of automatic weapons at the Food Court; pass the mustard and the steal-jacketed rounds, please, and when the meal is over step over the homeless, toss a quarter in the hat and feel better about yourselves, and then go home, if you survived the shopping trip, and read the latest venomous diatribes on social media about the damn Democrats, the idiotic Republicans and oh say can you see, the red, white and blue patriotism of the Tea Guzzlers as they upset the apple cart and show us the way to true freedom.

The sermon on Sunday says love thy neighbor but by Monday it’s cutthroat business as always, and why share when more is better and most is best, and reality is just so much X Factor and a Boo Boo named Honey, but there are so many boo boos that we really can’t see the forest for the trees or the trees for the forest.

They die of hunger under the Golden Arches, and they are buried in the Potter’s Field, no names to represent their passing, no mourners, only one stacked on top of another on an island named Hart, not Heart, not even close to the heart necessary to right these wrongs….but…..

I won’t give up on us!

We’ve Always Been Crazy

Hell, we’ve always been crazy. History is a fine lesson in man’s inhumanity towards man. We have raised cruelty to art form level. We did it one thousand years ago and we do it with gusto today.

Hell, we’ve always hated in this world. We have always rummaged through the fears lurking on the backstage of our mind and found a reason to hate. Hate does not require intelligence; nor does fear. Hate does not require wisdom; nor does fear. Hate does not require reason or logic or the scientific method; nor does fear.

All that hate requires is a sickness of the soul.

I won’t give up on us!

Prejudice has always been and always will be. Wherever a group of people congregates, there will always be that fringe group that are legends in their own miniscule minds. They are always superior, always greater than, always the chosen ones whose sole purpose in life is to spread hatred and vile, demeaning words of slander. They have a unique ability to find the soft spot in the underbelly of society and viciously stab it and stab it and stab it again until every last drop of blood has bled out.

All that prejudice requires is a sickness of the soul.

I won’t give up on us!

Why is it that hatred comes so easily but love is a monumental task?

Why is it that those who are in need are looked down upon while those who find nurture in greed are idolized?

Why is it that we, as a society, are so willing to accept mediocrity when our purpose on earth is greatness?

I won’t give up on us!

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There are good people in the world
There are good people in the world | Source

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And Why Won’t I?

Because mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of brotherhood.

At our best….when we are at the top of our game and playing with an effortless style that reminds one of a bird hovering in the thermals at 500 feet….when we are living lives of compassion and empathy and yes, love….those are the times when we catch a glimpse….a fleeting shadow on our periphery…of what we can be. And if we can be those things; if we can be agents of a higher calling and purpose, then I won’t give up on us!

I have seen the results of an angry mob after they beat a gay man and nearly killed him. As he lay in his hospital bed clinging to life, I have seen hundreds of strangers camp outside of that hospital in a quiet prayer vigil.

No, I won’t give up on us!

I have seen a community ravaged by a tornado, broken and bloody and searching for any sign of hope, and I have seen loving citizens travel for thousands of miles with canned foods and first aid supplies in the trunks of their cars, willing to do anything to help their fellow men and women.

No, I won’t give up on us!

I have seen a business executive become the victim of a hit and run, shattered bones and life blood spilling into the gutter, and his head held in the lap of a homeless man who could not turn his back on a fellow human being.

No, I won’t give up on us!

For sixty-five years I have witnessed the worst of mankind. I have been sickened and disgusted and ashamed by my fellow men, and I have vowed to run away from it all and become self-sufficient in a universe of my own creation, safe from the deadly sins that spotlight our moral weaknesses.

But for sixty-five years I have remained because my eyes see what the television cameras and news reporters fail to see. My eyes see hope where others see hopelessness. My eyes see compassion where others see egocentric apathy. My eyes see love and understanding and a determined desire to make this world a better place, one person at a time, where others see greed and complacency.

No, I won’t give up on us!

I refuse to walk away I’ll always stay, and we can laugh in the sunshine and deal with the storm clouds when they blow in, and blow in they surely will do, but one person teaming with another and another, and from small acorns grow mighty trees, and if you promise not to walk away as well then maybe, just maybe…..we can make a difference.

No, I won’t give up on us!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Ok, Billy, I need a moment of silence. Amazing writing my friend. I remain speechless once again. The image of a homeless man holding the business man after being gunned down (or run down) is one that sent chills up my spine. But it's so true. Thank you for those words today.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, I am with you and won't give up on us either. Seriously there is a ton of bad out there, but then again for all of that there is a ton of good still out there, as well. So, for me I want to believe the good will always outweigh the bad. May sound simple and naive, but just the way I choose to think and live my life. Thanks for sharing and hoping you are a having a great start now to your day!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brandi, thank you so much. There are some articles that write themselves...this was one of them. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, if you are naive then we need more naive in this world. Hold on to that attitude and perhaps one day we truly will see a world where the good always outnumber the bad. Thank you my dear.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Powerful piece today, Bill. I agree with you; I won't give up either. It all comes back to PIPO or PMA, as we say in my house.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You know, since the main news media will not give us the truth as it happens wouldn't it be nice if they would gather and throw out there some good news? As you say there are good people and there is good news and what a difference it would make in our lives if we had that daily! ^ & -

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      Nathan Bernardo 3 years ago from California, United States of America

      Very, very well-said, Bill.

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      JThomp42 3 years ago

      Straight and to the point Bill. We "Must not give up." Another great write my friend. A belly full of food for thought!!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, it does indeed my friend. An attitude of gratitude, and righting wrongs when we see them. Have a better day today my dear.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I agree completely. We are inundated with the bad; what a difference a steady diet of good would do. Here's hoping. :)

      Thank you Jackie; you are greatly appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Nate!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jeff, thank you....a belly full, eh? I guess you won't be wanting dessert then. LOL Thank you so much.

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      We focus way too much on the "bad" people we encounter each day. The violent, the rude, the inconsiderate--but there are so many people who are good, kindhearted souls! If we focus on the crabapples, that's all we'll see. If we appreciate every little act of kindness, we'll see that most people are good. And it's crucial that we do so because attitudes are inherited and our children deserve to be happy. Awesome message, Billy!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I would like to take some of my anger out on the fool that quipped "I ain't my brothers' keeper". And then just ask him "then who in the hell is?"

      And then i would pray: Take me Lord. Let me do thy will.

      I get beat up a lot for preaching love. Just the other day while in a discussion on technical issues on the net, some person told me to go back to my love preaching and butt out. A lady in front of a store told me "don't encourage them" while I spoke to a beggar. Wow what a concept - "don't encourage them". I almost encouraged her to lay down unconscious on the sidewalk ;-)

      I may not always to it right, but that is no excuse for me to give up.

      Thanks Bill for this splash of cold water in the face and hot cup-o-jo to sober me up for the day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, I love your last statement...attitudes are inherited and our children deserve to be happy. Bravo my dear...that is a perfect line and sentiment. Thank you Lizzy!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Eric, we just can't win them all. There will always be that fringe group that has far too much hate and unhappiness in them. Don't encourage them......there's a line for the ages. :) Thank you my friend. Keep right on preaching love; I'm there with you.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      A lot of truth here. People are so busy looking for differences of one kind or another that they lose sight of the fact that we are actually all the same deep down. I love how you feel part of the whole and can see the bigger picture.

      A powerful piece of writing, expertly polished yet full of raw heartfelt emotion. I believe.........

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Thank God for the friends who stood by you in your former wretched state. He...and they...never gave up on you!

      There was, after all, a bigger Executive Plan yet to be manifested in the universe.

      And every time I read one of your literary gems, I thank God and your friends who lovingly and patiently remained at your side.

      In spite of you, in spite of me, and for the glory of Him and them...

      ...we now revel in the giving back.

      Aloha and mahalo for this magnificent tribute to mankind, Bill!

      ~Joe

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, thank you so much. We are all so much the same...if only we could concentrate on that fact....if only. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Joe!

      I am a lucky man my friend. There is no logic involved with me being here writing instead of six feet under the ground feeding worms....the only answer is love. If it were not for love this would never have been written. Now my job is to spread that love through my words...and that I shall do.

      Aloha my brother

      bill

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant hub once again Billy. You really have set your standard high on here but not once do you disappoint. This well presented and very powerful hub voted up ,across and shared.

      Enjoy your day my friend.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, thank you! I always set my standards high; I would expect nothing less of me, and since I'm my own worst critic, there is little chance of those standards lowering. LOL I hope you have had a wonderful Tuesday in Wales.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      A really great write and hub, Bill, coming at just the right time! I have been complaining about our government and DC lately with this gov. shutdown, but really I don't give up on America as much as I am so frustrated at how our gov. politicians are acting. We do have the 'wild west' , 'manifest destiny' history to the building of our country, so no it shouldn't surprise me that gov. is acting like they are 'shooting it out at the ok corral.' Very good points you make here, Bill and make us realize just what is important in our country and throughout humanity.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      A really great write and hub, Bill, coming at just the right time! I have been complaining about our government and DC lately with this gov. shutdown, but really I don't give up on America as much as I am so frustrated at how our gov. politicians are acting. We do have the 'wild west' , 'manifest destiny' history to the building of our country, so no it shouldn't surprise me that gov. is acting like they are 'shooting it out at the ok corral.' Very good points you make here, Bill and make us realize just what is important in our country and throughout humanity.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, I am as frustrated as the next person, and there are dies when I want to divorce myself from the political b.s. and just live a quiet life....but that is beneath me and I won't do it. :) Thanks for your great reflections.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and thank you a second time. LOL

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      I will stand beside you.

      What do you want me to do?

      DJ.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      All we need is love...love for ourselves, love for each other. Regardless of the evils around us, it is love that will get us through.

      As we look at the younger generation and see kids with love in their hearts and their desire to make a better world, that is how we keep it going. People like you and writing like yours just point out the good and keep us filled with faith in our love.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting and of course shared.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, just keep being the person you are. Love and compassion, one person at a time....and I'm feeling stronger knowing friends like you are close by. :) Thank you my dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, once again I'm preaching to the choir, so thank you for being who you are and caring so much for humanity. People like you warm my heart.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Very beautiful writing Bill. Moving and emotionally stimulating. At a time when many people seem to lose that touch of humanity, you've managed to bring it back. Thanks for sharing!!!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Liz! If I don't stretch myself I'll never grow. :)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      With you, Billy. I won't give up either. Thank you for being a torchbearer leading the way. Your writing blesses me.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      You are so right, Bill. Let me share this little story about how cruel the world can be... Recently, my 11 year old grandson was riding his bike on the way to school. A lady in a white Toyota hit him with her car. Witnesses said he went flying off of his bike and into the street. The lady in the car that hit him, sped away from the scene. The lady in the car behind the Toyota pulled over to help my grandson up and made sure he was alright. No one got the license plate number of the hit-and-run driver, but my grandson lives in a small town. The police say they have an idea of who the driver is from the description my grandson gave them. My grandson is OK. But, I cringe to think of the kind of world we live in when a person could run someone over with their car and not give a care whether the person is hurt, or worse... dead. Humans! Let's hear a rah for humanity. I'm half joking right now, but sometimes it's difficult to keep the faith. Anyway, Bill, you are an exceptional person. I enjoy reading your hubs.

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Awesome hub Bill. Thank you for sharing this wonderful message with us.

      Sending you hugs and blessings :-)

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      Mike Pugh 3 years ago from New York City

      Giving up on humanity is definitely not the answer I must agree with you Bill. I grew up in a domestic battle field known as the Ghetto, and I know you know that, but many folks many not. I write this because I can know the feeling of having doubts about things based on my living environment, where hope seemed hopeless.

      I know for first hand that nothing is permanent as I had faith in that horrible condition I once lived and survived it. So from my point of view and personal experience with life struggle as you wrote about here.

      I believe that humanity can most definitely rise out of the deep sleeping comma of ignorance we're living in. I also believe things are changing somewhat for the better online, and in some places around the planet on the ground as well. I do hope it happens though on a grand scale worldwide soon.

      Thumbs up bro, awesome inspiring hub, and I'm glad you will never give up on us :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, you humble me with your praise. Thank you so much for your kind words my friend and blessings to you always.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, I have no words of comfort when I read a story like yours about your grandson. I have no idea where the humanity is when I hear stories like that, and I feel shame for being a member of the same race....still...I have seen remarkable acts of kindness, so I keep clinging to the belief that the more kindness I spread the better this world will be....that is my responsibility and no one else's. :) Thank you dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dahlia, I look forward to your hugs and smiles, so thank you. Hugs and blessings coming back your way.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I know some of what you went through. I was lucky and grew up in a lilly-white neighborhood with few problems. Admiration does not even come close to what I feel when I hear stories like yours. The power of determination and willingness...that's what I think of when I think of you...that and a damn good man.

      Thanks buddy; have a great evening.

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      Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Oh my goodness gracious this is good writing. I could use adjectives more flamboyant than "good" but I truly believe it would only demean my statement. "Good" is not a small thing. Most of us aspire to reach this level and never will. There are too many amazing word combinations in this hub to pick out the best, but I'm simply shut up by how many you've packed in here. Oh my gracious goodness. Keep up the good work.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathleen, you just made my day. I'll settle for good any old day....and since I know what you are saying is genuine I am honestly humbled. Thank you so much!

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      Completely, totally, amazingly, awesome hub! Too many superlatives? I could add many more. So many times, I've wanted to escape to a place in the mountains so far from civilization I couldn't be affected by all the bad in this world. Yet I know if I do, that's one less person in the army of those who truly care and want to do something to change the way things are. I can only hope that the people who do care about their fellow man do so much we become the major influence. Leaders are to lead by example, but just look at where those influential bad examples have gotten us so far. I believe we can turn things around.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I believe so as well, Sheila, and so we stick around and fight the good fight, and maybe in our lifetime we will see a change in attitude in this country. Thank you for your kind words; you warmed my heart. :)

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      Chris Mills 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Bill, it seems that we want to rely on politicians these days to be the heroes and to meet all of society's needs. But you have spoken the truth by saying that "one person teaming with another and another, and from small acorns grow mighty trees, and if you promise not to walk away as well then maybe, just maybe…..we can make a difference. There is a growing sentiment in this country, maybe in the world, that we, not governments, but we the people are the heroes.

      Beautifully stated Bill. I'm sharing this with my friends on my facebook page for freelance writers. https://www.facebook.com/cam8510?ref=hl

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cam, I believe with all my heart that we can change things, but it will take many of us working together to do it...and I have faith buddy.

      Thank you for sharing and for your friendship.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      A rousing, motivating and hopeful piece of writing from someone I am so proud has been elected as the Best all around Hubber!

      Congratulations on your well deserved win. Love, Maria

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      CONGRATS to you dear friend for Best all round Hubber! So well deserved!

      This piece of writing here is an example of why! I will not give up either dear Bill, for I, too, am going to keep loving and loving until I cannot love any longer, and I know the result, although I may never see such, good will come from it.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, you are a doll and a dear friend. I am humbled by the award and very grateful.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, thank you so very much. Love is the answer my friend. I will go to my grave knowing that I am right about that. Rewards will come later. :)

      blessings and love always

      bill

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I will not give up on our fellow humans either. In spite of the horrible nature of some people, there is still hope. I love your share on experiences. Your poem on the video is very touching.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dianna! I respect you and your praise means a great deal to me.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

      Billy

      Congrats for Best All-Around Hubber award. Well done.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vinaya! I am very appreciative my friend.

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Congratulations and thank you for this. By the way, yesterday I crossed my 1,000,000 view mark. Give up?...

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I Won't Give Up On Us: A Moment With Bill Reflection wow! Incredible job here from you and well done on your wonderful achievement.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Martin, and congratulations on the 100,000 mark...I know I was very excited when I hit that figure, and you did it writing poetry which is very hard to do.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, thank you so very much. I am blessed with some great friends on HP.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      You're right; it's so easy to concentrate on the bad, to watch each night on the news the terrible things man does to man. It's more difficult to concentrate on the good we see around us, to believe in humanity and to try to make a difference. Hatred is easy; we do nothing or we hit out at something or someone, it only takes a second. Love is more difficult; we have to do something from our soul, go out of our way to make a difference, take time to talk to someone or to make them feel better. We must take the time, listen to our souls, to our 'good' side and reach out to our fellow man to help. Otherwise, what's the point of being here? Another great hub, passionately written and therefore punchy enough to make a difference. Your elbow is getting even more powerful! Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, you crack me up with that elbow reference. Thank you for the laugh, the kind words and the great reflection. I hope your evening is relaxing and blessed my friend.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Awesome hub. Sure there is dark in the world, but there is also light.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There is indeed, vkwok, and that's the world I choose to live in. :) Thank you!

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Wow, just wow. Forget what I said before. This one is your best.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crystal, that is high praise and I thank you for it. I will always settle for wow! :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Every one of your articles just inspires me on, truly! I was OVER the MOON and back again that you were a hubbie award winner and bloody right too!! You do more for this community than anyone else and there to support, encourage and inspire each and every one of us rain, hail or sunshine. Love ya heaps my friend!

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      We - all of us - need your voice, Bill, so don't stop reminding us about loving one another and helping those less fortunate. Seems even HubPages appreciates you, m'dear. Congrats on winning the 'Best All-Around Hubber' Award. They got that right! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, thank you so very much. I'm just giving back what i have received here. Your friendship is one of the many gifts I have gotten here on HP, so thank you for it...and love to you too, Irish! Say hi to the Mickster for me.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you drbj...and congrats on your TWO awards. Well done my friend...well done! And no, I won't give up.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      "And Why Won’t I?

      Because mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of brotherhood."--I'll be posting this line on my board, Bill. Oh, wait I just thought of a good heading there...Bill Board! That's right for all the good lines and quotes you've shared with us, for the love of humanity and beyond.

      You never fail to inspire and motivate us with every single article you've shared with us. Thank you Bill.

      Love from the sky~

      P.S. "Love: What Life is All About" by LB is one of my fave books and I love LB.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Cris! Leo Buscaglia is a man I would have loved to have known. What a great message to live your life by....love!

      and love to you from Oly

      bill

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. A heartfelt poem here Bill. Causing feeling of guilt in the reader. We know you are right. A brilliant hub all round as usual.

      Graham.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, It was written as much for me as other readers. A reminder that my work is not done. :) Thank you my friend and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Hello Bill, please forgive me for daring to post some interesting to me , the following as a comment to your hub.

      Humanity also needs dreamers, for whom the disinterested development of an enterprise is so captivating that it becomes impossible for them to devote their care to their own material profit. Without doubt, these dreamers do not deserve wealth, because they do not desire it. Even so, a well-organized society should assure to such workers the efficient means of accomplishing their task, in a life freed from material care and freely consecrated to research.

      - Marie Curie, scientist, Nobel laureate (1867-1934)

      Eileen Workman I'm a firm believer that we'll become a genuinely civilized society the day we design an autonomic nervous system for our society that ensures all members have their basic needs met without having to "earn" the right to survive - the same way the cells in our body don't have to independently struggle to get what they personally need to live through the day.

      That would free up enormous amounts of human consciousness to redirect its attention toward cooperatively solving the more complex problems that face our species and our world. The fear that most people - if given their basic needs - would sit around and do nothing rather than contribute to the well being of their own society seems false on its face...nevertheless, it drives our insistence that everyone must continue to struggle to earn the right to continue BEFORE they can focus on achieving greater things.

      In case I'm engaging in criminal activity, just strike all out, please before someone puts me in a jail.

      Voting on your excellent work, awesome ,up and useful.

      Have a prosperous day.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      If only God could spread goodness all over the world and people would look at one another as a friend. Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      If only indeed, Rasma! What a world it would be! Thank you for that wonderful vision.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Michael my friend.

      If that is criminal activity then we are both in trouble. I love those two quotes. Basic needs....if we could only find a way to meet those for all people. I don't think it is possible, but what a world this would be if people were alleviated of the worry and strife associated with just surviving.

      Lovely thoughts my friend. Hopefully one day we will see it happen.

      Have a blessed weekend Michael.

      bill

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      You always reach with your words. You are no doubt one of the best writers ...I don't have to qualify that.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, thank you. Your words mean a great deal to me, as does your friendship. :) Have a great weekend, Carol.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      We can make a difference every day and some of us do. I gave a friend some money to help buy a Christmas tree for the kids that have never seen one. Money is a necessary evil, but let me tell you what kind f smile it put on my friend's face. THAT made it worth it. I would rather do without something stupid, for the happiness that smile brought. me.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, that's a great example of a small act of kindness meaning so much. Well done my friend; thanks for sharing that with us all.

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      mr-veg 3 years ago from Colorado United States

      So much happens around us and we sometimes tend to close our eyes and get complacent.. but your words do remind us back that we are here for a reason and need to chip in as and when we can together to make the earth a better place to live in... Thanks for making the call Bill...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mr-veg, my pleasure and thank you for being a man of compassion and caring.

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