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What The World Needs Now Are Visionaries: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on October 3, 2013

Yes There Are Problems

“One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.”

~ Arnold Glasow

I love to play pinball. I’m horrible at it but I love to play it. I love the sounds from the machine and I love watching the ball bounce around and yes, I love hitting the crap out of the ball with my flippers.

But what about the ball? What kind of life is that to live, constantly being flipped here, flipped there, tossed to and fro and for what? The best a pinball ball can hope for is to drop down the damn hole and then be catapulted into the crazy game again.

Have you ever felt like that ball?

The mortgage is due and the car just broke down. The kids need braces and the washing machine won’t cycle. The boss just cut back your hours and the wife suddenly has vertigo and of course, there are no health benefits to be found.

I was a pinball for a number of decades, bouncing to the whims of stimuli, never really feeling like I had control of my life….and with good reason….because I didn’t.

I had a mentor a number of years ago who tried to teach me chess. At the time it was a lesson in futility because I simply could not grasp the intricacies of the game, but one thing I remember him always telling me was that I had to see the whole board. I had to quit concentrating on one particular move and I needed to open my mind up so that I could see the tapestry of all plays current and in the future. I had a tendency back then to watch a move by an opponent and then react to their move, so that the entire game was one of my reacting to stimuli and never really controlling any aspect of the game.

Oh how times have changed, and today I can say with some confidence that I see the whole board. Instead of reacting to life I am dictating to life, and if you cannot see the distinction between those two philosophies then allow me to expound a bit more about it.

Our good friend Webster tells us that a visionary is:

“ having or showing clear ideas about what should happen or be done in the future”

Source

Changing from a Pinball to a Flipper

Oh what a lovely life the flipper has, sitting in wait, eager in anticipation, knowing that the pinball will be coming by soon and unleashing a powerful force when that moment comes and sending the ball on its way.

Which would you rather be, the ball or the flipper?

I see so many people today who are like the ball. I see so many people today who are like a falling leaf, waiting for the next gust of wind to send them to unknown destinations, seemingly helpless and defenseless.

What a sucky way to live!

Take control of your life! Become like the flipper! See the whole board!

It should come as no surprise then, that in a society made up of so many human pinballs, we are led by pinballs as well. How else do you explain why our leaders continue to make the same mistakes year in, year out, ad infinitum?

Take a closer look at the quote by Glasow at the beginning of this article…..to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. My goodness, wouldn’t it be wonderful if our leaders had that ability?

We so desperately need visionaries today, but instead we are surrounded by reactionaries, constantly shifting policy to meet the latest emergency rather than envisioning a future emergency and acting before it happens.

Are there any visionaries there?
Are there any visionaries there? | Source

My one attempt at poetry

How Do You like Our Economy?

How’s it working for you? Unless you are in the top 10% I’m guessing you have seen better days financially. The real estate market is trying to dig out of a mammoth hole. Full-time, long-term, good-paying jobs have been replaced by part-time, short-term, low-paying jobs. Our national debt has so many zeroes in it that the average citizen cannot grasp what it all means. All they know is that gas is higher, daily expenses are higher and there is no relief in sight.

And what is the government’s reaction to it all? Same old same old. The donkees and the elephants continue to squabble over lower taxes or higher taxes. They debate tariffs and free trade and government regulations ad nauseum, old solutions that have never solved a damn thing in the past and sure as hell won’t solve anything in the future….but not once do we hear of new solutions. Not once do we hear of seeing the whole board and developing a vision that is based on a changing world that needs changing ideas.

Show me a visionary with a true vision of the future and I’ll show you a politician I’ll vote for.

Internal Problems They Are Many

Homelessness…..unemployment…..the war on drugs….deteriorating educational system…..violent crimes…..shall I go on?

And what solutions do our leaders suggest? Tent cities….more social services…..mandatory minimums….more emphasis on school testing…..gun control….no gun control……easier debt relief…..can you say madness?

“Some men see things as they are and ask why? I dream of things that never were and ask why not?”

If the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again, expecting different results, then our government is truly insane.

A visionary....Steve Jobs
A visionary....Steve Jobs | Source

They Love Us Abroad, Don’t They?

Syria….five little letters that say so much, and what they say is we don’t seem to understand that poking our national nose into the affairs of foreign countries is just not working….but it’s not just Syria, is it? Take a look around the globe and you can count on one hand the number of countries that truly love the United States. Why do you suppose that is?

And if we are so hated around the globe, what do you suppose we should do to change that perception of us? Keep doing the same foreign policy mistakes, or possibly seeing the way the winds of the future are blowing and preparing in advance for them?

September 11, 2001, a day that will certainly serve as a constant reminder of all that is ugly in this world. What was our government’s reaction to that day, other than a massive manhunt and useless war? Homeland Security and the stripping of your rights! Not once did the leaders consider a shift in foreign policy. Rather it was the same old crap just a different day with full-cavity searches to boot.

Do you know of any visionaries?

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One of the True Tests of Leadership

I will take that quote one step further and say that one of the true tests of a free-thinking individual is to recognize problems before they arise, and to plan for a future before it has shaped itself.

What is it going to take for us to learn?

We do not need psychics telling us what the future holds in store for us. We need awareness of the past. We need awareness of the present. We need a vision of the future, a future we want rather than a future that will be forced upon us.

We need like-minded citizens who are willing to compromise for the common good. We need free-thinking mavericks who are so fed up with old thinking that they could upchuck, and we need hundreds of thousands of people willing to topple windmills and damn the consequences.

What we need are some visionaries!

In the meantime, I’m going to continue enjoying my life as a flipper. I’ll be waiting for you the next time you roll into my area.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

Making a difference one person at a time
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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, it is my pleasure my friend. Writers help writers. Who else would understand what we go through?

      As for my imagination.....growing up during the Sixties helped I think. LOL

      Thank you so much my friend.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Growing up, we had a pinball machine in the garage and I never once related it to the meaning of life. You are incredible. Only you can stretch the mind enough to relate the pinball machine to life, business, and the government. But, now that I think about my life, I realize I want to be the flipper. And, by the way, thank you for all of the timely encouragement. You have made a big difference in my writing career. I'm thinking differently now.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will do that, Brian! Thanks for the reference. Coming from you it carries some weight. :)

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Billybuc, I commented and you commented on my comment 11 days ago from today. You mentioned your hope that people aren't feeling hopeless. The best anecdote I've seen for hopelessness and burnout is SOUL OF A CITIZEN by Paul Rogat Loeb. It tells about numerous ordinary persons who, step by little step, made a difference. See paulloebDOTorg for more about Loeb's books and lectures.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I couldn't agree more, Dianna! Hopefully we, as a society, will begin that movement soon. :) Thank you!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Your reflection on the pinball machine is a great way to start this topic on visionaries. I have felt like the ball at times and the feeling is one of desparation. Our government does not have the answers we need to live well. We need to find it from within us and proceed to make the vision a reality.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, I can't imagine either; that's why all of my hope and faith is in the average person, doing good works one person at a time.

      Thank you my old friend for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail, thank you so much. Accolades.....this one is important because it was voted on by the members of HP who I admire and who are friends....so I am humbled by it and very grateful.

      As for visionaries in politics....is it even possible?

      hugs back atcha

      bill

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Nice read. At times I feel like a visionary until I get beaten down by the reality of the world. It's hard to keep it up. To have a political visionary--well, I can't even imagine that!

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      Gail Sobotkin 3 years ago from South Carolina

      Excellent essay. What we need in our political leadership is a man like you!

      Stopped by to wish you congrats on your Hubbie Award. I know accolades are basically meaningless to you, but I do want to say that I am glad that you are writing for HubPages, inspiring so many with articles like this and helping so many other writers grow.

      Sending a Hub Bouquet of Hugs & Love,

      Gail

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, they are few and far between; that's for sure.

      Congratulations on your Hubbie Award! Well-deserved my friend.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Visionaries, indeed. Sadly, they aren't even in the workplace, let alone the government. A leader also takes charge when the going gets tough, and keeps that ball rolling.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, I agree completely with you. I have no faith in the political system anymore.....the visionaries will rise from the common ranks and they had better hurry up. ;) Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      My reaction Bill is that the donkeys are just stubborn and the elephants finally forgot. You know perhaps if we mixed in a good dose of the monkeys we have here running our government perhaps we could come up with the right formula. On to the next step where in the world are the visionaries I know they are out there but I believe we must look for them among the regular human race and not among the politicians. Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I am of the same belief. A visionary will have to rise up from the common folks and lead us to salvation, whatever salvation looks like. :)

      Have a great weekend and thank you!

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      I could not agree with you more, Bill, our world in particular needs leaders who are visionaries. But I have come to believe that politicians and visionaries are mutually independent.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, I'm getting too old so I'm counting on you. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      rtburroughs....that's been the US policy for far too long now...short-term fixes while the cancer spreads. I love Utah's approach. As for policing the world, I could have sworn the United Nations was designed exactly for that purpose...that and learning to work together to fix common problems. When did we decide that we needed to do the work of the entire planet????

      Thanks my friend. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....Shyron, I'll take that compliment any old day. Thank you!

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Yes, the world does need visionaries. Great hub, bill.

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      Robert Burroughs 3 years ago

      "The only thing worse than being blind is having sight and no vision" Helen Keller. There are so many problems in the world today. What really needs to be done is to develop long term solutions to these problems, not just temporary fixes. In theory, the American Jobs Act looks good, it gives the unemployed jobs and repairs bridges, schools, and railways, it also seems to be fully funded, however it doesn't have enough support to implement it. As for foreign policy, America needs to stop policing the world. Obviously if some country is really in need of policing another member of the United Nations will step up and say enough is enough. In my research for my article on homelessness I came across some good, bad , and ugly, one of the most visionary States was Utah. Their tax credit for hiring homeless is a triple win, it gets homeless off State and Federal Aid, it gives the homeless a chance to earn money to be self sufficient, and it gives employers the tax credit for hiring them. Great hub.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      I will be right back after I cut the grass this hub is too good and I want to read every word.

      --Shyron

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, the world is upside down and only we can right it....now the question is...when will we begin? I think we see evidence of it on a small scale in towns across America, but that movement better increase before the politicians completely screw up the system beyond repair.

      Have a great weekend and thank you

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I am in complete agreement. If we are to solve our social problems then it has to be at a grassroots level, and there is evidence that that is happening. Much too slowly for my tastes but it is happening.

      Have a wonderful weekend my dear friend.

      Blessings and a hug headed your way

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, that is what is amazing to me....the loss of freedoms and nobody seems upset about it....one at a time they are disappearing and society is too busy watching Honey Boo Boo to notice.

      Thank you as always my friend.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Crystal, I'm glad I went to bed and didn't fuel your fire any more. I hope you settled down and got some sleep. LOL Thanks for coming back and have a great weekend in Georgia.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Michael my friend.

      You have just said what I have believed for a long time now....the basic problem in society is the disintegration of the family unit. Basic principles of right and wrong are no longer being taught or modeled in many families....how can we expect any more than what we see in society when kids are being raised without a clue regarding right and wrong? So many of the social ills we see can be traced to this one simple fact....the family unit is falling apart around the world.

      Thank you for a profound statement my friend.

      Enjoy your weekend and blessings to you always

      bill

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      After reading this hub my mind is running back and forth trying to decide what to reply first so I kind of rolled it into one, Uncle Sam is a pinball! We're in deep do do and yes, it is sucky!

      For the first time in my life, and I'm no spring chicken, America has no respect throughout the world. When the people start trying to take back their country from the politicians maybe we will have the country we once were. It seems like everything has shifted the wrong way and its time to push it back!

      Great read and reminder my friend, get off our duffs and do something!

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

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Visionaries are all around us I think. They are in our small towns right now trying to foresee the problems and the solutions of the future for their small town. I know that is the case n the small, even tiny town that I live in. A large subdivision is coming to town that is at least ten years in the offing but planning and the vision if you will for that is on the table now.

      Our visionaries need to begin at the grass roots level Take back ownership in our towns and our lives rather than giving over more power to a government that we have allowed to get out of hand.

      I have not lost faith in her, our lady, Miss USA...I still believe this is a truly remarkable place to live. And that Americans have a lot to offer others.

      And I could go on and on with my opinions. And who gives a flying flip what I think?

      It has to come from within each individual...the caring and the concern.

      O my...TMI I s'pose.

      Hugs and blessings my Friend

      Many Angels are on the way ps

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Great analogy Bill with the pinball and flipper! Thankfully, yesterday, here, we were bit of a flipper and knocked some of those balls out of the game ...well, you know what I mean ... Next!

      Our freedoms in this country are slowing fading away before our very eyes and we are allowing it to happen ... wake up America!

      God help us all.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      I agree, I agree, I agree! And Congress should not be allowed to exempt themselves from anything they pass. Just wanted to throw that in while I'm at it. You are getting me worked up again!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And Crystal, that's what it boils down to. This is about ego; nothing more and nothing less. Compromise is a thing of the past in this country. It is all about posturing like peacocks with their plumage and I'm sick of it.

      So thank you!

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      I could say a lot, but I've already ranted about this topic once today, and I'm afraid I don't have another one in me. We are truly in dismal shape when our elected officials behave like 5 year olds and are obstinate just for obstinate's sake.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Good evening Bill.

      You've chose very pleasant genre to describe horror of political situation the present generation is experiencing.

      The world is in need ... Of visionaries...

      The world is in need; the world is falling apart as we speak - and one shall label me as negative while making statement of " as it is ."

      Nothing else I'll say, except agreeing with you so when " they" will start stoning you there will be one more target for them to miss...

      The world is falling apart ( presuming the picture I've seen in your hub ) - because the families are falling apart. As much as wisionaries are needed in first place fathers are needed because the family is cornerstone for the firm, balanced , sound society ( state, country ). And while you're talking of not exhibiting sound judgment government implementing sugar-coated tyranny, we see not exhibiting sound judgment individuals-persons-people - human beings - a " man " who according the rejected truth was created and crowned with glory and honor. Without political scrutiny the "Yes" was " yes" and the"No" was "no". Now we have the UN to declare what is right and what is wrong , while millions are being paid to agree that lie is better truth than truth itself.

      We are surrounded with visionaries who are at the moment speaking out in soft voice. Let's be recklessly loud repeating their rhetoric that the right is right and wrong is wrong, while father will once again be leader of the family , holding with one hand the hand of his weded wife nd with the other his child's, proudly demonstrating integrity ...

      Voted awesome, up and useful.

      Have good, peaceful night and a blessed weekend .

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I love your passion. I just wish about 100 million other people had that kind of passion. I would love to see the citizens take to the streets in a continual massive protest against the government. No violence at all, but a show of force that says we are mad as hell and we aren't going to take it anymore...but that will never happen because we are awash in complacency and apathy....the whole situation makes me sick. This is not the country I grew up in.

      Having said all that, have a great weekend my friend, and keep the faith.

      bill

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Bill, if I could chalk my negative thoughts up to "cantankerous old fart",

      I think I would feel better. But, at some point we have to look at our

      years as barometers. We gain wisdom through the years of listening,

      reading, watching. We can smell bogus programs, political wars, and

      the sighs of socialistic government ploys. They sent our jobs away to different nations, they are ignoring our constitutional rights and one by one, they are taking our personal rights away.

      We are living in a crazy world. The young man, who with the aid of his older brother, bombed the Boston Marathon---the American teenage girls send him love letters. His trial will tie up people for months and cost tax payers millions. Yet, he admitted he and his brother set the bombs.

      Yesterday, an 8 yr. old boy was suspended from school. While playing,

      he made a pretend gun with his hand. The two first words are of the utmost importance, "while playing". He did not point it at a teacher in a threatening manner. He did not spill out vile words as he poked his finger into the side of the principal. He was playing with other boys.

      This government shut down is a joke. Guess who won't be missing any money out of their pay checks. The same ones who don't pay their taxes,

      the ones who don't pay their fines, the same ones who send our children into a war that moves so rapidly it is hard to know whose side we are on

      from week to week.

      This whole world has gone absolutely crazy, and the older I get, the crazier this world gets!

      Thanks for listening..........I know, I did not give you much choice. LOL

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I hate to say it, but I do believe the majority of law makers are involved in self-interest at the expense of the common taxpayer and that saddens me. I have become quite cynical over the past few years and I hope I don't remain this way....I'm turning into a cantankerous old fart. :)

      Thank you as always; put some WD40 on that flipper.

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Bill, as always, you are right on target. You have written an article that

      should be heard by higher uppers. Sadly, I am not sure that anyone gives

      a rat's patootie what is right and correct.

      We were talking with four couples last weekend. In their own way they

      each expressed much that you have mentioned and of course the political mess that the U.S. is in.

      I asked why our leaders could not see what was so obvious to most others.

      I was rather shocked when they answered in unison, "they don't care because their rules don't apply to them. Politics is a business. They make money for themselves and friends."

      It has given me much to think about.

      My flapper is about worn out............

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Bill. Maybe we can learn how to clone Jobs and kick out about one hundred of him...put them all in Washington D.C. and then maybe they can find a solution to this mess.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Gordon, I completely agree with you. This is a planet-wide problem. I just decided to narrow my scope to the U.S. so I wasn't accused of picking on foreign nations. :) Thanks for your right on comment.

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      Gordon Hamilton 3 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      The lack of proper leadership is not just an American problem, Bill. Before typing this comment, I thought about one single leader or prominent politician on this planet at the moment that I can say I admire to the very slightest extent. I'm really struggling to think of one but perhaps Chancellor Merkel of Germany may just sneak in to that category. I find that a frightening state of affairs when you consider the virtually unlimited power so many of these weak and dithering individuals hold in their hands.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great message Bill and I love the analogy. We need a few more Steve Jobs out there, people who have a vision of the future before it actually happens. Well done my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, I wish I had a solution to that time issue, but I don't. If I could add six hours to my day I would do it immediately. I am constantly behind. :)

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Your very welcome. I wouldn't say it if I didn't mean it. One thing I am is very honest.

      It is true. You are a voice which needs to keep talking because a change is desperately needed and people will start to listen.

      I don't have time to think..... never mind write :D

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dahlia and now I am heading over to see what you have written.

      blessings and hugs coming your way

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, that was such a sweet thing for you to say...thank you so much. I hope we find a younger visionary soon. LOL How's that? I think we need some fresh blood out there stirring things up.

      Now get off of that hamster wheel and do some writing. :)

      thank you!

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great hub Bill. I like the way you have related to the pinball game. Hoping we will have visionaries at least in the near future. Thank you for sharing this with us.

      Hope you are having a good day Bill.

      Smiles and blessings coming your way :-)

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      It is a hamster wheel in my world :) So yes I am fully feeling your metaphor. You spoke with truth and straight from the heart. You don't need to look too far to find a visionary. You have the heart and courage of a believer, and also the wisdom and truths of someone who has genuinely opened up his eyes to see the pain. You are where you should be and you need look no further than yourself to see a visionary who just make a difference.

      Anna :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, try a little WD40 on that flipper of yours. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, that will forever be one of my favorite albums. Perhaps it affected me more than I realized. LOL

      Thank you my dear.

      love,

      bill

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Thanks Bill! I'm getting back in gear soon. I'll be the flipper! :)

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      This is the second day in a row you have me humming Pinball Wizard, Bill.

      Excellent analogy to make some essential points in the game of life. Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, you have too much charisma and talent to be feeling like that ball. Break up the game, climb back inside, and be the flipper. It suits you much better. :)

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Hi Bill!,

      I had to laugh about what you wrote about pinball. I am that way with mini-golf and bowling. Horrible at both, but always want to play, like I'll eventually get better or something.

      And yes, I have been feeling like that ball for the last two weeks. This hub hit home!

      I like your reference to Steve Jobs as a visionary. Reading that book now (amongst others) and while he didn't seem to be the nicest, he did have an amazing way of thinking.

      Another powerful hub as always!

      Have a great day.

      Liz

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brandi.....shoot....what do I want to say....I don't know you but I know the heart I see in your writings. I do believe it is in you....we just have to find a way to release it. Toss out the damn board and make your own. :)

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Today I feel like the ball. At some point, I'm going to pick up the whole board and chuck it out the window as far as I can throw it. I wish I could be the flipper, but I never had it in me.

      Great perspective here Billy!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I'm blushing. Thank you! I'm just a guy who sees wrong and tries to raise awareness about it. I don't like the direction that society is taking and I'm standing in the way with a bullhorn trying to be heard. :) I appreciate your kind words, Jo, and blessings to you always.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bravo Brian! You named some true visionaries in your comment. Where are their disciples today? Drowned out by the deafening sound of complacency in this country....in a very warped way I am hoping it is complacency and not hopelessness. When hope is gone what is there?

      Thank you for a profound comment. Dream the dream!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Education indeed, Ann! Education has always been a key element in change....now we just have to bring awareness to issues and hope someone stands up willing to tackle the issues.

      Thank you, Ann! I appreciate you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, that is a valid hope. As long as true freedom exists we have hope in this country. I'll cross my fingers. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I do believe we are in complete agreement. I have pretty much given up on the government, but I have great control over my own life. Sadly there are people who do not believe they can control their lives....it is for them that I write this. :) Thanks dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, I don't have too many answers but I know we pay these people to make solutions and it's not happening....so we stand up and force them to do so??? will they listen? Will anyone stand up in protest? Will anyone do anything other than just complain? Where are the visionaries my friend? I hope they step forward soon.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, this is one of you very best. I love the opening quote, it is one I use often as a mentor to students in critical care nursing. And you are right, governments should learn to identify potential problem before it becomes an emergency. Chess is a good metaphor for human experiences, before making important decisions we need to understand all the possible implications.

      We've become a society that simple react without thinking about consequence, until it's too late.

      Bill, you are nothing if not a great visionary. Take care and my best to you. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, where are they? There must be some out there, but I think they are being drowned out by the old guard that keeps doing things the way they have always been done. Hopefully more and more will come forward with a vision for the future. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LK, thank you so much. I want to raise awareness. Makes no difference to me if people agree, but it makes a huge difference to me that people care enough to comment....I am so tired of complacency and apathy in this country. People need to care!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I think many of us are still sideline spectators on the US events currently happening that are changing our future, and present world. It is our children that will have to deal with the results if we continue to sit on these issues. Visionaries, yes, we need them now!

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      LKMore01 3 years ago

      What I love about reading your HUBs Bill is that you stimulate contemplation and conversation. I have enjoyed reading all of the thoughtful comments following such an inspiring article. On a personal and professional note I am borrowing the quote from Old Poolman.

      "The freedom to be in control of your own destiny is priceless."

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers and on social networking sites.

      Let's write some hubs about real life visionaries who had the leadership ability (such as integrity) and the focus to recruit the dedicated help to manifest a vision. I'm thinking, for instance, of Robert "Bob" Parris Moses, who envisioned and led the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project and who in later life founded and led the Algebra Project; of Morris Randolph Mitchell, who founded the Macedonia Cooperative Community; of Amy Grey, who envisioned, founded, and was the first leader of Backyard Harvest in Moscow, Idaho; of A. S. Neill, who envisioned, founded, and was the first headmaster of Summerhill School. May such visionaries inspire us to envision and then create a better world. Envision what? A new business that makes life a little better for a fair price. A new school program that economically teaches children creative problem solving. New techniques for using clean, sustainable energy. Use your imagination and intent.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Love the analogy. I've been a pinball but I'm a flipper a little more often these days. I think the politicians are pinballs because they're more interested in beating the other pinballs to the finishing line than they are in making a difference. Power and greed the world over. Visionaries are few and far between but that doesn't mean we don't try to make them and support them - education, education, education! Thanks for more great reflections, bill. Enjoy the weekend! Ann

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      It is still good to feel free to do what we please whether we are successful at it or not, it is fun trying...as long as we can survive...let's just hope that freedom remains. ^

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I love the twist you put on this article. I thought it was heading towards a personal note for all who read. Then it went global.

      Backgammon is much like chess. You have to anticipate how your move will set the board up for future moves. It takes great concentration and seeing the possible future consequences for current actions. When I teach people how to play backgammon I make sure they understand to look ahead and not just at the moment. So I guess I see the entire board.

      All I can do is apply it to my life. Uncle Sam doesn't give a flying you-know-what about seeing the future consequences of THEIR actions on OUR board of life, so it's up to us to make our slice of the pie as smooth as possible.

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      Vickiw 3 years ago

      So Bill, is it true that "what the world needs now, is love, sweet love"? Not too much of that showing in politics these days, is there? I guess the trick is, if that is important how does the world get it? I sure don't have the answers, and it doesn't seem our leaders do either. Sober thoughts on this third day of US government shutdown. Syria . . . That 5 letter word makes me want to weep for those poor people. "Where is the love"?Another song.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Food for thought....awareness...discussion...that's what I'm after, Eddy, so thank you for the confirmation. Have a wonderful evening my friend.

      love,

      billy

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lisa, I hope you are right....this nonsense has gone on long enough. It is time for America to become America again.

      Thank you Lisa...I always enjoy seeing you here.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      As always so interesting and you get straight to the point. Another wonderful read which leaves much ford for thought. Take care and lots of love.

      Eddy.

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      Lisa Williams 3 years ago

      Well said, Bill! The day has got to come and soon, where people open up there eyes and look at what is going on around them. The good news is more and more people I talk to are starting to realize this! Another great Hub. =)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE...I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      How other countries are looking at America in this time is probably with disgust as I am and this is a topic of debate but I prefer not going there. However you have created a ell written hub and the focus is just it

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, we don't have much, but we have love and we love life, so that's quite a bit that money doesn't cover....I've never been happier as a matter of fact. Thank you my dear friend. Always first and always supportive.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poolman, what a great story. Thank you for sharing that. I had no doubt why you stayed on at that rotten job; we all do what we need to do for our loved ones. That's a fact....but when you got the chance you flew with it and made the most of it and bravo my friend. A great story about redemption and conquest.

      Thanks buddy and have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....Eric, it is not often you get the chance to use "sucky"....never pass up that opportunity.

      Yes indeed, fish or cut bait...great line that perfectly covers this article. Thanks buddy.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      We do need a visionary and not sure where this person is, but for god's sake wish they would reveal themselves! But until then, I am just happy to do what I can to enjoy live and stay afloat financially, because I consider myself to be one of the lucky ones and thankful that I am. Thanks Bill for your take on this and hoping this Thursday morning is treating you well now!

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      Old Poolman 3 years ago

      Bill - For many years I was a prisoner of the Corporate system. I marched to whatever tune they were playing that day. I was required to do things that went against everything I believed in, and had many sleepless nights as a result.

      I had bosses that had been promoted into positions they were totally unqualified to hold, and blamed everyone but themselves for their failures.

      I'm sure that right now your thinking, "Then why did you stay?" I stayed because I had a wife and four children to take care of and the pay was very good.

      Then one day a meeting was called for all of us over 52 years of age with at least 15 years of service to the company. Yep, they wanted us out of there and offered a reasonable early retirement package. I could hardly wait to sign the papers even though they insisted we take a week to think it over.

      After that I started my own business, hired some great employees, and I controlled my own destiny. I was the flipper you described in your hub. I made some mistakes in the early years, and there was nobody to blame but myself. I learned quickly and even used profit sharing to keep the best employees available on the labor market.

      My life was great because I was in control. I was the flipper instead of the ball. I sold this business with the stipulation that the buyer retain every one of my employees, and he did.

      The freedom to be in control of your own destiny is priceless.

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

      When I get that old pinball feeling, I just shake my head and say; "Dierker what the hell are you doing?" "don't get in the game finally and play the part of the ball". Great hub and a great reminder to either fish or cut bait.

      I was happy to see you use and legitimize the word "sucky".