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Will We Ever Make A Difference? A Moment With Bill Essay

Updated on March 26, 2013

FROM MY INBOX TO YOURS


“My frustration level is at an all time high, and I am running out of patience with those who call themselves leaders. What do you think, Bill? Will we ever make a difference, or are we just pissing in the wind?”

I had an email waiting for me this morning from a good friend on my writing site HubPages. This is a man I respect. He is a good, loving family man, doing what he can to make this world a better place, but he is obviously feeling the frustration that one feels when one cares about humanity and lives in the United States in the year 2013.

He knows that I, too, care. He knows about my call-to-action group H.O.W. and my desire to affect great changes in the way we live and treat each other. He knows that I despise those who take advantage of the weak and make a profit from the poor. He knows how I abhor the disintegration of our society and the loss of family values. He knows that this mild-mannered writer most likely would turn violent if faced with a perpetrator of child abuse and he knows I have very little respect for the politicians of today.

He knows that I do not understand racism of any form and that I find it amazing that people are still judged by their sexual preference rather than their character. He knows that I feel the greatest enemies we have are complacency and apathy, and if we allow our freedoms to be taken away from us we only have ourselves to blame.

He knows all that and so he wrote to me, and his question is repeated, I’m sure, by millions of other good people who are sick and tired of being ignored and downtrodden. “Will we ever make a difference, or are we just pissing in the wind?”

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MY RESPONSE, TO HIM AND TO YOU ALL


Truthfully, if I allowed myself to go down this road, I would be frustrated daily. Hell, I would be beyond frustrated and nibbling on the edges of crazy! I want to shake up the establishment. A part of me wants revolution. I want to see the masses stand up and demand change, and for the life of me I don’t know why more people are not protesting and getting involved.

I don’t know what it will take to get people involved in a mass movement of protest. The economy sucks. Politicians are bought and paid for so that your elected representatives only represent the top 1% of Americans while the other 99% are left scraping the bottom of the proverbial barrel. Racism still exists. Abuse still exists. Hunger and poverty still exist. Violence and homophobia and intolerance all still exist.

Morals are decaying and the very fabric of this once proud nation is looking a bit frayed at the edges, soon to unravel completely. Instead of working together and finding common ground, we are separated by an ever-growing chasm of political differences, as if being Republican or Democrat were really all that important.

What am I to do? What can any of us do? I am but one man. On the best of days my writing reaches a couple hundred people. There are seven billion people on this planet and I affect, in some small way, a couple hundred on a semi-regular basis. Talk about feeling insignificant. What am I to do?

Did you see the answer in that last rambling discourse? It’s there is you look hard enough.

What am I to do? Exactly what I have been doing and will continue to do.

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ONE PERSON DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE


Yes, there are days when I feel like I am pissing into the wind. Those are the days when I am reminded by one of my readers, or by the love of my life, Bev, that what I do really matters. Each and every time I bring a smile to the face of another, I make a difference.

Each and every time I raise awareness about a social problem, I make a difference. Whenever I speak out against injustice I make a difference. Maybe not on a national or world level, but most certainly on a local level, I make a difference.

When I walk down the street and smile at a stranger, I make a difference. When I take a few moments to send a word of encouragement to someone who is struggling, I make a difference. I cannot change the world with a wave of my hand, but I can change my neighborhood through my daily actions of compassion and empathy.

Don’t you see it? Don’t you realize by now that great change begins with a small group of determined people who refuse to accept the status quo? Indifference will only be overcome by caring. Injustice will only be defeated by involvement, and that begins on an individual level.

Frustration only happens when I set my sights too high. If I set as my goal to reach a million people with my writing then I will go to the grave frustrated. If, however, my goal is to do what I can to affect change on a local level, then my frustration level will decrease rapidly because that I can do.

Think about it! If I can be a positive influence in the lives of two hundred readers, then is that not a remarkable thing? If I can be a positive influence in the lives of the twenty or thirty people I am in physical contact with today, then is that not a remarkable thing?

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TIMES ARE GOING TO GET TOUGHER


I believe that with every fiber of my being. I think the economy is going to get worse. I believe the rich will get richer and the middle class is going to shrink to a level that leaves it insignificant with regards to political change. I believe our liberties, paid for with blood and sweat, are going to diminish before our very eyes, all in the name of liberty of course, and I believe that more and more people in need of social services will find the well dry.

And I believe that I can make a difference!

If you believe as I do then I urge you to make a stand. I urge you to be the instrument of change that you want to see in your community. It starts with one person, then another and another until a small group of determined people stands up and alters reality.

It begins with the housewife in Skokie and the painter in Redding. It begins with the nurse in Cleveland and yes, the writer in Olympia. Every single one of us can change the world one person at a time, so what say you? Are you ready? Hitch up those pants, tuck in that shirt, lace up those boots and let’s get busy.

We have a world to change!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

Dedicated to my good friend Mike, or Mr. Archer here on HubPages.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, thank you! I hope we reach many more. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      We don't have to change the whole world, just impact those around us with hope. I admire the H.O.W. group and how they are tackling life problems one post at a time. THink of all the people being reached!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Elena, that was a lovely thing for you to say. Thank you my friend. You are a quality human being with a loving soul and I'm proud to call you a friend.

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      ~Very touching to read. You are right, the world is slowly decaying. I was particularly moved by "Don’t you realize by now that great change begins with a small group of determined people who refuse to accept the status quo?"..... So True, Bill and thanks for being one of the people who are making the world a better place.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Monis, I like that you are an eternal optimist. We need more people like you in this world. Thank you my friend.

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Interesting, Bill. I like to think that times are going to get easier. Maybe not this year, maybe not too soon, but I believe and hope it is going to get better! I guess, I am just an eternal optimist, and I like it that way. Great hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lisa, what a sweet thing for you to say. Thank you so much young lady. :)

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      Lisa Williams 4 years ago

      This is amazing, I wish more people thought like you! You are such a spectacular person, you make a huge difference just being you!! Keep on doing what your doing, the world needs more people like you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shruti, what a kind and lovely thing for you to write. Thank you so much! You touched my heart with that comment.

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      shruti sheshadri 4 years ago from Bangalore, India

      I really do not know how to thank you sir! More often than not, we do end up forgetting the purpose of our lives and everything seems redundant. It is at the se times that we need to push ourselves back on that right path that once inspired us. Your writing helps us do so. It helps us remember.We are indebted to you sir, brilliant read :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lurana, thank you so much!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia! I hope you are right.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Yes, we will....and you already are!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You offer sensible and encouraging advice, as always, Bill. It's easy to feel discouraged, which is why hubs like this are so valuable.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I love it....the soul of H.O.W.....I'm on it dear friend. Thanks and sending a hug your way.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Sound your trumpet my dear friend! You already know I'm on your side and trying to spread the word of H.O.W. The most important thing is to spread the soul of H.O.W.

      Sound that trumpet, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      debj, I like to think that as well. Let's hope it is true my friend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audra, you are singing my song...one day at a time...one person at a time...we just keep pouring out the message of love and start counting the converts. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you whonunuwho, I will indeed. :)

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      I like to think, Bill, that you speak and write for the majority and all that you have written here is very true. Each one of us must do what we can to make the world better not just for ourselves and our families but everyone we come in contact with. Making the world different and better starts with everyone of us. Thanks for reminding us.

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      One day at a time Bill, one day at a time. Stay positive. You are doing great here! I read every word and every line in this. We hear you loud and strong. People like you make the world a happier place :)

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      What we write and share can indeed make a difference Bill, and what you are doing is very fine. Keep up the good work, my friend. whonu

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, I greatly appreciate you taking the time to stop by. Every comment is appreciated my friend.

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      Anna Sternfeldt 4 years ago from Svenljunga, Sweden

      So much has already been said here and I see no point in repeating it. so I just say, great hub Billy, important subject. And that we must keep on going, believing in change and in our heart being convinced that we can make a difference, because we can!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I couldn't agree more my friend. I have seen a huge shift in the way people approach personal responsibility and integrity...and it worries me. :) Thanks for adding your two cents worth to the discussion. I appreciate it very much.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I believe that each of us can make a difference in our own small way. I try everyday to do some random act of kindness.

      I agree with your forecast of our great country....I worry for my grandchildren. People are changing: they don't have that sense of integrity they used to have. I have seen a big change in just the past 10 years by the tenants I would get. They no longer have that sense of responsibility and integrity. The philosophy now seems to be: "Do unto others before they have a chance to do unto you" instead of the Golden Rule.

      Voted UP and shared.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, there is no doubt in my mind that you believe in the power of one person. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, those are true words. You have to believe! Love it! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, I believe he met a bit of resistance. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, those are kind words and I appreciate them. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, I do believe you are correct. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, a simply hello is just the ticket for some people who are down. Thank you!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Bill I hear you. This is the person who signs all those petitions, helps when help is needed and passionately hates those people who think they are above it all and that the elderly person in front of them is just taking up space. We must do what we can and stand together. I believe and will continue believing. Hugs and passing this on.

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Great writing, as always. As they say, it only takes one step, one action in one moment and one day you look back at miles of steps in the sand and a mountain of action. You just have to believe what you do can make a difference. Voted up and sharing.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I believe Jesus and his preachings didn't exactly go down well with the powers that were.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks for sharing such an insightful Hub and so wonderfully thought of you always manage to come up with the most interesting outlook on titles and write with such thoughtful ways.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      As I recall, Jesus was only one person.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      All I ask is my followers do 25% what I did. Now no one has to get as carried away as me. But a simple hello works wonders.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchi, I love that. Keep doing it. We need all the positive vibrations that we can get. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sasha, it is so nice to see you again. I hope you are well and thank you for the visit and the kind words.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 4 years ago from Singapore

      I like reading your hub. It is very true that we can make a difference at a local level or in our neighborhood and help other people. I have started a new habit of blessing strangers in my mind and spreading positive vibrations in the community. Great ideas. Voted up.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Oh how I've missed your hubs ^_^ they always inspire me, thank you! I'd write more... but I want to spend my time reading more of your work.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, I wonder and worry about the same thing. I still have hope and I still believe in the goodness of people. That's enough to keep me going. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Oh, Bill, you and I speak the same language, the only difference being that I don't have the same eloquence that you display. Honestly, I don't know the answer to all this. I just keep plugging away, trying to make kindness a part of every day life. Sometimes I wonder if the greed of people will be the end of us all.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it, Deb, and I agree. We have to get enough people involved that we cannot be ignored. Keep speaking the truth, Deb, and I'll be right alongside you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lady, what a wonderful comment. Thank you for taking the time to speak your mind and give positive feedback. You and your attitude are greatly appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie....LOL....I'll save you a spot upwind, how's that? Great comment and yes, we can make a huge difference with little acts.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, Hawaii is a perfect example of a government that does not work "for the people." Thank you for that perspective.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      We must never doubt, we must always forge ahead and never accept "no" for an answer. To effect change will take all of us telling our government that their way will not work. Look at poor Ben Franklin's post office, it is about to go under! Let's just keep doing what we're doing and we will be heard. We won't go away. Our voices will only resonate and with that, we will become louder.

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I totally agree with you. There are mistakes made in the past that our government seems to refuse to make up for, and they make situations worse for their victims under the pretense of wanting to make right. Hawaii is an example.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      There are just little things too to make a difference and to take a stand, there are petitions to sign and directions on how to start one! Be a voice on all you believe in I say. No one should keep quiet while a country goes under. If we make enough noise we will be heard. Keep it going.

      But I don't want to be near you Billy...on a windy day!

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      Deonne Anderson 4 years ago from Florence, SC

      You've done it again! Simply astounding! I love your philosophy and your love and concern for your fellow man. I too am disenchanted, at times, about the way things are going in America and around the world; yet, I strive to make a difference in my little corner of the world on a daily basis. I try to spread the message of Love and the ONENESS of us all, each and every day. If all individuals would adhere to these concepts, there would be no discrimination of individuals because of the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, their religious preferences, their disabilities, their.....you fill in the blank.

      I am especially peeved at our politicians. Though they are suppose to be representing all of the people of their individual states, they allow partisanship, racism, hatred, and a play for power to influence the decisions they make. Many of them are not concerned about how their decisions or lack thereof affects the little people. I continue to have hope and faith that one day, things will change for the better in America and round the world. Let us all strive to make a difference right where we are. We all need to be the role models and instruments for change. Thanks for reminding me that I am every one of us can make a difference. Great article!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LK, that's amazing. I'm reading that book right now and I know the quote. I am honored...thank you!

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      LKMore01 4 years ago

      Bill,

      This quote reminds me of you.“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

      ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for coming back PS! Your earlier comment came through because I remember responding....that has happened quite often to me. I'll comment and then it won't be there when I go back to see other comments. The HP gremlins are an adventurous bunch, aren't they?

      Thank you my friend. I hear you loud and clear and agree with you 100%.

      hugs and blessings, today and always

      bill

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      My response to this was written hours ago..and I do not see it here so if it should land here you will have both of them.

      What I was saying to you is, that I have to believe that one contact at a time with another person will lead to changes at least within our own communities. Our government is out of control and so powerful that the possibility of us turning it around without some kind of huge revolt by ALL of us seems unlikely. So one person at a time, making neighborhoods stronger and knowing we can depend on one another will at least make some kind of difference.

      Keep your voice loud and strong....and we will follow along shouting to whomever will listen that we are tired of the same old, same old. At least the voices of dissent can be heard.

      But at the same time, living to day, embracing all that is good around is important too. I have to believe that.

      Thank you Bill for speaking out and caring enough to share it with all who listen and make an effort to make a difference.

      Voted up ++++

      Angels and good wishes are on the way :) ps

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Steph, I always feel better when I hear those words from someone young like you. Gives me hope for the future. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I know you don't have an ounce of quit in you. Thank you and no worries, I will keep writing indeed.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, we are indeed my friend. I'm counting on you...and me...and others like us. :) Thank you my dear friend.

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

      Billy, always inspirational, always thought provoking and you never disappoint. Some time a single voice in the wilderness can start an avalanche, the world is teetering on the brink of disaster we are going to need a lot of love and understanding.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I have not given up. I still believe there are more doers than non-doers. Sometimes it takes a nudge from someone like you to wake them up. Thank's Bill..Keep writing..

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      I agree with everything you have said! I believe we will lead by example! Little by little we will inspire others, who will then inspire more! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Rhonda, we seem to have a mutual admiration society thing going on. Your support early on in my HP career gave me the encouragement I needed to find my way. Now look at me...they can't shut me up. LOL Your words have touched me and thank you for your friendship.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, any old day you want to pile that family of yours in a car and drive to Olympia, we will hug as friends and share smiles. I would be thrilled to meet you face to face. I consider you a dear friend and your words and praise humble me. Thank you buddy!

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      poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Will you make a difference? You already have in ways you will never know. I can't add anything that has not been said so I leave you with this... You have helped me in ways you can't imagine. I think you reach a lot more people than you know and I think, more importantly, the good you do for one ripples out like water as that person helps another and on and on.

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      Bill, anything you think of is fine by me. I truly and deeply appreciate your writing this, and those who read, comment, and pass it along. I wish we lived closer to one another, for right now I want to give you a hug and say thank you face to face. You inspire me to be more than I am, and you inspire our friends here to be the same. Again, thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I have very little faith in our government. That is no secret because God knows I have spoken out against it over and over again. Having said that, I do believe in our people. We can take back what we have lost but it's going to be one hell of a battle. I'm ready and I know you are as well. We'll start there and move forward, enlisting one person at a time.

      Thank you my dear. Blessings and hugs coming your way.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I didn't want to put your name in without permission, but I was pretty sure you would know it was inspired by your email. Thank you for pushing me into action. These things need to be written about. The frustration you feel is felt by millions, and we are not going to solve these problems by hiding from them.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Elizabeth, bless you my young friend. I love that you said the error of our ways. I am as much responsible for this situation as anyone. I lived the materialistic lifestyle that has gotten us into trouble. I turned my back on the problems and tried to ignore them for far too long. Well, I am done turning my back. I will keep singing this song until more listen....it means the survival of all of us, and I am not willing to give up. Thank you Elizabeth!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, thank you for sharing this and thank you for telling us about Scotland. Of course, most of the world is in a similar fix, and it can seem overwhelming. However, I have hope, and as long as there is hope and people willing to do the dirty work, we can turn this around.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, you have the heart of a warrior and I am proud to know you. Get your business done down there and come up here where we can fight side by side.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, thank you for the reading recommendations. I will check out those books. More importantly, thank you for caring. I need to clone you about a million times and then go into battle with your army. :) Keep spreading the message my friend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rod, thank you for those words. That is the hope I cling to, that we can chance this negative momentum and right the wrongs, one person at a time.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well stated, Eric, and yes, I have been there and no, I will not stop my campaign. There are too many suffering out there and the only way it will end is if each one of us picks up a blanket, whether literally or figuratively, and does our part to help. Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jim, I agree that Oregon has some good ones. As long as there are voices of reason out there then we have a chance at change. Thank you for your kind words my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, it is a deplorable situation. There are not enough homeless shelters to handle them all, and the numbers are increasing daily despite what the government may say. We must do more as a society to right this wrong.

      Thank you Doc!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, early on after meeting you online, I knew there was a connection between the two of us. You are my younger kindred spirit and I greatly appreciate the person that you are. I will keep on truckin' my friend, and I know you are doing the same. Thank you!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      I have to believe that the little things you mention DO make a difference. If we throw up our hands and run and hide, nothing will ever change. But if we are willing to show each one we meet that they are important enough for us to acknowledge with a smile and a greeting, then we keep the door open to building stronger bonds with our fellow humans. And we will definitely need it when a cup of soup or a glass of water are needed. Things have gotten tougher year after year and I often wonder how those who are trying to survive on minimum wage survive.

      I personally think we allowed our government to become too powerful, too big, and now it out of control ....and how to turn that around is the question.

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      Bill, I am humbled; I am amazed; I am thankful; and I sit here with tears in my eyes as you and all of those who have read this and made these wonderful comments, and those yet to read and comment have shown me exactly what I need to do.

      Thank you my very dear Friend. Thank you.

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      Bill it is so comforting to know there are other people out there who feel the way I do. When I allow myself to think of all the bad stuff out there I become so horribly depressed and afraid for my children. Sometimes I wish I had not brought a child into this world because as u said, its just going to get worse. It has to, before it can get any better. All I can do is prepare my self and my family. I am trying to back peddle to a simpler life because I want my family to be able to cope and survive if it becomes every man for himself. All I can do is try to teach my kids the error of our ways so that they can maybe lead our world into a brighter place... I just do wish that more people would do the same instead of ignoring the problems of the world or just plain not caring. .. thank u for speaking up for us Bill. H.o.w. is a great movement. Never stop what u do.

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      I live in Scotland so I don't know about the political situation in your land, your social problems are off course the same as ours.

      Your article is thought provoking and full of truth. Every decision and action we take in life affects others. Small acts of kindness and hope may just makes a huge difference to an individual's life at a time when they really need it. It may even encourage further acts of compassion.

      Thankyou for this emotive, well written hub. Voted up and shared to facebook.

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

      "What am I to do? Exactly what I have been doing and will continue to do."

      This is the key, Keep on keepin on!

      Mark

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      Linda Compton 4 years ago from The Land of Enchantment

      Sir William,

      Bravo, I say. Bravo! And a deeply heartfelt, Amen! You have once again articulated the VERY real and pressing challenges (threats, peril) and have offered a clear, compelling and perhaps most importantly, DOABLE approach. If someone truly wants to understand the economy I urge them to read, The Creature from Jekyll Island, by G. Edward Griffin. Not knowing the information in this book will guarantee financial doom in our lifetime. If someone wants to understand the blueprint behind our political course, they can acquire chilling clarity by reading, Psychological Warfare and the New World Order, by Servando Gonzalez. And then, for hope and another inspiring kick in the pants, The Final Summit, by Andy Andrews. With sadness, urgency and all my heart I commend these 3 books to every thoughtful, caring person who is wondering what the @($&#*# has happened to our parents' world, and is crying out, what can we do about it? There are things we can do and must do. Keep on, Bill, you are a caring, wise and thoughtful soul, a BRIGHT shining, guiding light. L.

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      RodneyBlaec Rainey 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      I feel like you're talking to me, Sir. Your hub has made my day. If every one of us touches 20 and those 20 each touch 20 or more, before we know it we gain momentum. Such a refreshing read.

      "Do not let the fact that things are not made for you, that conditions are not as they should be, stop you. Go on anyway. Everything depends on those who go on anyway." -Robert Henri

      Thank You!

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

      If you have ever laid on the cold ground and been cold through a night that becomes your whole world. So while I cannot change the whole world, with a blanket I can change you whole world.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Inspiring and on point Bill. I am not quite despairing of all politicians yet. We have a couple of good ones in Oregon, I think, in Rep. De Fazio and Senators Merkley and Wyden, and a really good Governor as well. I support them when I feel they are right and contact them on a reular basis to goad them into action. I do understand the frustration though, and share it when I see things moving so slowly. The gay marriage attitude is a bright spot. I have never seen so many people, including myself, come around to a reasonable attitude on what has been a divisive issue.

      Your work is important and galvanizes many to take action.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Thanks Billy. The homeless population in Miami-Dode County is at an all time high. In many corners, some of these people walk around holding up cardboard homeless signs. There are homeless shelters available, yet they seem okay sleeping in doorways or under overpasses. Here is a link that I found online. http://www.baltimorebrew.com/2013/03/18/housing-th...

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      "Frustration only happens when I set my sights too high."=Nailed it!

      So much good has been done as a result of people who focus on the goal and stop looking at what seems to be impossible. Look back to when you were a teenager: would you have ever imagined that civil rights would have progressed to the point that it has come to today? Yes, there's racism, but there's also a black president! Would you have ever imagined that states would allow same sex couples to marry? Even 20 years ago I would have said, "No way!" Yes, we have racism. Yes, we have discrimination. But we're moving forward in many areas. We'll never reach perfection, but like you said, our individual efforts make a difference!

      Keep on truckin', Billy :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Doc! We plant extra every year and give away to the Food Bank....it's just one way we all can help. can hunger be solved with politics involved? I would hope so but I have not seen any proof of that. :) Sad but true.

      Thank you as always my friend. You are a good person and we need more like you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I wish I had all the answers but I don't. One thing I know for sure is we must always be willing to help others in any way. Once we turn our heads on suffering we become part of the problem.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jeff, your message helps others daily. Keep writing it; keep sending it out there. One person...then another...it is slow work we must do but it is vital.

      Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, i am grateful that my dad is dead for his sake. He would not recognize this country today, and his response would be to work longer and harder, hoping against hope that the old formula for success would work today. it won't.

      Thank you my friend. We need to keep moving forward. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, I am proud to be a member of HP and I am proud to be your friend....truly! Thank you!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Reba, that was a beautiful and uplifting comment....tall order indeed, but doable and we must do it. :)

      Blessings and a hug coming your way,

      bill

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      I hear you Billy. Thanks for raising awareness and you always make a difference. A very well-written and thought provoking hub. Your poem inspires and motivates us to take a stand. The H.O.W movement was a good start. I agree with your views that everyone of us can be the instrument of change, each and every single one of us can make a difference. As far as helping end hunger in the United States, I think we can all contribute to hunger relief organizations in our own communities by being advocates or volunteers. I also read about this program online. Launched in 1995, Plant A Row is a nationwide public service program sponsored by the Garden Writers Association, where garden writers encourage their readers/listeners to plant an extra row of produce every year and donate the surplus food to local organizations in need so this pretty much would make a difference in helping out those who are less fortunate. Is it possible to solve hunger worldwide since there's politics involved?

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Beautifully said and totally shared this (I know always do), but this truly does need to be shared and all need to try to do their part. I can't agree with you anymore on this then I already do and seriously something needs to be done and we need to do something about it!!

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      So true Bill. We never know when the smallest acts of kindness make a difference in one's life, therefore making them want to pay it forward. I also pray that I can make a difference in at least one's life and make them see hope, frustration, ups, and downs are all a part of this world we live in. In the end, God will prevail. Thank you so much for sharing my friend.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      There is not a shred of doubt about what you say. The United States is headed for disaster... what about what is happening in Iran. No one worried that are preparing nuclear weapons. Trying to reason with the unreasonable is impossible in our personal lives so you can imagine on a global level. I thought the middle class was going to become stronger..we were promised that. Anyway Your words ring true, loud and frightening.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      And if your words reach 200, and some of them share this. Your words will have reached many, many more. And if your words have inspired others to join, to write, to do something to make s change, then you will have reached many, many more. Up+ and sharing. Going to grow the movement beside you!

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      Dancing Water 4 years ago

      When doubts plague a thinking, caring person, those doubts must be viewed as the enemy, the enemy that distracts us from moving forward by sucking the very life out of us. Your article urges us to think "faith:" faith in the good, faith in ourselves.

      Even if the world crumbles around us in strife, turmoil, chaos, destruction, we have the power to keep our inner world peaceful, loving.

      It is from there that we may create positive change through our thoughts and actions. We can create paradise around us by loving and caring for others. Quite a tall order for sure, but it is possible, thus doable.

      Thank you, dear Bill, for caring, for inspiring all of us to be our best selves, the selves we were created to be.

      Blessings to you and yours today and always,

      Reba