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Love Is: A Moment with Bill Reflection

Updated on April 10, 2014
For Lizzy, this beautiful child is love
For Lizzy, this beautiful child is love | Source

Watering down the Message

Anyone who has spent any time following my writings knows how much I detest the following two words…..”love ya.”

What is that? Is that some clever little toss-away to let someone know you acknowledge their existence? Is that something someone in a hurry says to someone so they won’t feel insulted? Is that something like “like ya” or “I don’t hate ya?”

It could be all those things and more, but to me, it is essentially a bastardization of the three most important words one human being can say to another….I love you!

And those three words should never be diminished.

If Not Love, Then What?

If love is not the most important thing in the world then please tell me what is. Is it money? Is it an accumulation of possessions? Is it power or greed or fame? Please, tell me now, because I want to sign up for that cruise ship as soon as possible.

However, if love is the most important thing in life, then why do we blithely toss those words about as if they have no meaning?

Love ya, man!

Love ya, babe!

Love y’all!

I know there are some reading this article who are asking, “what’s the big deal?” It’s just a saying. Quit sweating the small stuff, man!

And to those people I would say that love is never small stuff. If you love someone then look them in the eye and say the words. Look them in the eye and be the words. Show it….model it….live it….love, baby, love!

For me, this woman is love
For me, this woman is love | Source

Love Is

Love is my friend Lizzy giving birth to her new daughter, Aspen Elizabeth. I was not there when Aspen was born on 4/7/14, but I know without a doubt that Lizzy looked in Aspen’s eyes and told her “I love you,” and those same words will be said daily for the rest of their lives together.

Love is my father and mother taking a chance on a blind, nine-month old child at Catholic Community Services back in 1948, and adopting that child and giving him all the love he could ever hope for. Every day for twenty years my father told me he loved me, and every day for fifty-five years my mother said those same words, and they showed their love in a thousand different ways….and….they taught their son how to love through their gift of love.

Love is a soldier laying down his life to save others. It is a fireman rushing into a burning building to save others. It is digging through mud and debris after a catastrophe in hopes of finding survivors.

Love is making the day in, day out sacrifices necessary to provide for your family. The father who works twelve hours per day, five and six days per week, fifty-two weeks per year, so his children will have a chance at a better life…that is love. The mother who cleans clothes, cleans house, mends scrapes and kisses bruises, giving up her dreams so that her children will have their dreams…that is love.

Love is neighbor helping neighbor, without expectations, simply because it is the right thing to do. Love is giving when you have nothing to spare, and doing so with a smile. Love is providing comfort to the dying, and love is extending dignity to the aged.

And love is my wife, Bev, looking into my eyes and without words assuring me that everything will be all right.

You see, it really is much more than “love ya.”

For me, this young man is love
For me, this young man is love | Source

All You Need Is Love

I admit it right here, right now….I was a sucker for the old television show “The Waltons.” Every week I would tune in. Every week I would watch the show. Every week I would say, “Who the hell lives like that?” and every week I would say, “Damn that’s cool.”

Maybe it is because my grandparents held their family together during the Great Depression, and I understand the sacrifices that were made during those times. But I suspect it is more than that. I suspect that I love that show so much because the central theme was, is, and always will be love.

I’m a sucker for love!

I have written often about the deplorable state of our world in the year 2014. There is so much hate. There is so much fear. There is so much distrust and apathy, and there are days I want to throw up my hands and scream in frustration because dammit, we desperately need each other.

But screaming will do no good. All I can do is what I can do, but I am capable of doing a great deal.

I must be the instrument of love.

Through my daily actions I must be the personification of love.

Through my written words I must be the instructor of love.

If I believe that the world needs more love then it is my job to provide it.

Period!

How many times do you say "I love you" on an average day?

See results

And so I Ask You

Will you join me?

Please!

I need you….and…..

You need me.

Help me to spread love.

Help me to make love meaningful again.

I love you…..say it….I love you.

Look in my eyes and say those words, and I will look into yours and repeat those words, and then we will move to the next person, and the next…..

I love you!

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      I don't think in all my years I have ever used "Love Ya!" I know I say I love you a lot to Kevin and my girls, as well as my parents, but that is quite simply, because I do love them so much. So, in the end I am very much with you on this and don't have to convince me one bit. Thanks Bill and enjoy your day!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I have no doubt that you understand this message. You are so loving and I, for one, appreciate you greatly. Thank you!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Beautiful Billy! I feel the same way as you stated in here. I always say love is not a feeling but a determination for a desired outcome. It means loving with everything you have, your heart, your soul, your desire to do what's right even when it's not the most popular.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Love ya LOTS!

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brandi, you are a person I am happy to call friend. Thank you for your thoughts.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kim! LOL I love you, too.

      bill

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is so full of truth and love. I love it. Do you know that i watch The Waltons every night starting at seven, two episodes, it's on the Hallmark channel and after that is the most adorable show, ' The Middle ' Two episodes also. It's about a family struggling to raise three children, one being austic who is brilliant and soo funny. I will never say i love ya again.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I just have three words to say to you today, "I love you."

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, that is the greatest gift you could give me. I thank you and I love you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, just another reason for me to love the person that you are. Anyone who watches The Waltons is fine in my book. Thank you dear friend.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

      Back then we watched the Waltons and Little House on the Prairie every week. I loved those two shows, but then we watched Dallas too. Dallas was the exact opposite of those shows. I don't know why we watched it other than there must not have been anything else on.

      We say "I love you." often around here. This was another good hub Bill. Be sure to have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Barbara Kay....I loved "Little House on the Prairie." But I have to admit, I watched "Dallas" as well. Go figure. :)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Authentic and well said.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flourish! Have a wonderful day my friend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I love you, Bill! It's so important to let people in our lives know they are loved. I tell my son I love him every day and he does the same. When I get off the phone with friends or family, my final words are always "I love you". Those are three words that will never, ever get worn out!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and I love you, Sha, and for sure it is very important to say those words as often as possible. Thank you for your love.

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      Muhammad Rafiq 3 years ago from Pakistan

      Nowadays, the word LOVE has transformed into something EROTIC LOVE due to excessive materialism. Most of the people are not aware about the real nature of love. They don't know that the word LOVE is not necessarily a kind of CARNAL DRIVE. It is a SPIRITUAL BOND between and among people. That is why; this spiritual affinity compels one to put one's life at stake just for the sake of others. I like the sentence: "Love is a soldier laying down his life to save others"

      Great Hub Bill!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      They are very important words and shouldn't be belittled Bill. Some say them too easily without the true meaning behind them too. My family say it to each other every time we have to part, even my sons, and mean it.

      Between you and Eric Dierker there is a lot of love flowing around hub pages, but we should all share it. Your hubs a clear indication of your love for your fellow man and woman. Thanks Bill, voted up.

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      Lisa Williams 3 years ago

      I say Love ya all the time to my husband. I end ever single phone call with love ya bye. I do this because, God forbid, something ever happened to him; I want him to know that I love him. I never thought of this as a bad habit, but I can definitely see your point. I am a sucker for love, a romantic at heart. Yet, I do agree that the word love IS just thrown around and not really understood, by most. This is a fantastic, thought provoking article. Thanks for sharing, Bill!

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

      I voted up across that board that HP loves -- I included funny. Because if your ain't having or havering no fun in love then you missed that deal.

      I spoke to a good good man today and he was just in misery because he relapsed and drank booze like he should not. Hugs were needed.

      I told him to love himself. For a relapse is not about the cup to the lip, it is in our heart. We forget that we must love each of our own self (I know that sounds funny) And then we can receive this gift of love and then we can spread it like a crazy Gospel.

      Bill it might have taken you 48 years to get there, but you are "in" love and living large because of it.

      Yesterday morning I left real political/politician meeting that was hard core. And I dressed a couple folks down. We walked down the steps later and gathered in the shade. And i figured a good friend of over 40 years would fire me.

      Instead he said --- "I love you Eric" and he damned well meant it, I drove away just two blocks and parked and cried. What you wrote here is real and real darned important. Let us love each other REALLY.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rafiq, thank you for your thoughts and I agree with you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John! I just hate to have the most precious thing in life devalued. We can all do better than that.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lisa, I love the fact that you say that to your husband, and I love the fact that you are a sucker for love. Never lose that my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, thank you for sharing those thoughts....my goodness, I would have cried too, buddy. That kind of raw emotion is missing in society....what a beautiful thing for your friend to say to you.

      Thanks buddy and yes, I love you!

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      I love you for giving out these important messages and for being such an amazing mentor to so many here at hubpages as well as, no doubt, everybody you know!

      My partner and I say 'I love you' to each other often during the day and always before we go to sleep, whether in person, on the phone or by text if we happen to be apart.

      I tell my children I love them in the first text each day and sometimes more. I tell my grandchildren I love them every time I leave their house and each time I talk to them on the phone.

      It's so important, it can't be stressed enough and I'm with you all the way on this one, bill.

      May you have an evening, a week, a lifetime full of love with all your loved ones telling you they love you at every opportunity. It lifts our souls and our hearts. Ann

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      Rebecca Furtado 3 years ago from Anderson, Indiana

      I love this hub and most everything you write. If you spread love in 2014 the world will be less deplorable. Shared.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, thank you, and i love you dear friend....and isn't that remarkable, that love can be sent, and received, over the internet for thousands of miles....and be felt, and internalized....simply remarkable.

      I have a blessed life, Ann. I wish the same for you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rebecca, thank you so much. Here's hoping 2014 will be love-filled.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Your words have inspired me. Thank you. Jamie

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Jamie!

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Love is the most precious gift of all. It needs to be tended to like a garden. It needs to be cherished for the wonderful feeling of well-being and happiness that it brings. I have love in my life and I am very grateful. Sadly, I know too many people who have never really experienced what it is to love another person and be loved in return. Perhaps if there ere more people who felt loved and cherished, the world would be a better place. Voted up, beautiful and awesome.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Breakfastpop, isn't that a sad thought? To have never known love....I wouldn't be here today if not for love.

      Thank you for your beautiful thoughts.

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      Linda Lum 3 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, another beautiful Hub. Life is too short to hold a grudge, be disagreeable (we can disagree without hate), or fail to let those in our lives know how much they truly mean to us.

      Years ago I invited my best friend and her husband to dinner, but instead of dining together we spent all that night and the next day in the ICU. She had been critically injured in an auto accident and never awoke. I know with confidence that the last words that she heard from me were "I love you" as we never parted or signed off of a phone conversation without them.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Thank you, bill. It is indeed remarkable.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Be well, Ann!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carb, thank you for sharing that painful memory....painful and yet beautiful, because the last words any of us should hear are "I love you."

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      Billy, I grew up in a world where 'I love you' was a sacred phrase, only said to the one you love in a romantic way. Parents and children never used these words, unless one of the parties was lying on their death bed. My generation - as parents - started to use it when they tuck their children in at bedtime. By now it is used on the same wave as hallo and goodbye, but only to our closest relatives and friends, as we still regard it as sacred words, confirming love that is more intense than the love (respect) we have for our fellowman. So, I will not use these words in a casual way. If I do use them, I admit that I will be devastated when the particular person disappoint and/or betrays me.

      I take my hat off for you, I respect you, I like you, I enjoy your friendship, I care for you, I wish you only the best of success, happiness and peace, but the phrase 'I love you' will not roll off my tongue, even though I love you as I love myself as a human being, and only because I associate the phrase with intimacy, not necessarily as in romance, but as in attached to my naked soul.

      I hope you understand what I am trying to say :)

      As always, a thought-provoking hub exposing your beautiful, honest heart :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martie, I understand perfectly and I thank you for your heartfelt comment. I can always count on you to give me everything you've got when you stop by. Thank you as always my friend, and blessings to you and yours.

      bill

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      No better cause than to love and promote love. Bill, you're the best. I love you, and God bless you.

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      Merida Craze 3 years ago

      Finally someone who agrees with me. I too can't stand it when people use "ya" instead of you. Sadly I don't have anyone to say "I love you " to as am all alone so I say it to myself lol. Brilliant hub. Thanks for brightening my day with it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Dora, and I love you too.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aneegma, I will always agree with you about this topic. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You are right; those are three words that need saying every day and should be the first words taught to children. Great one here. ^+

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jackie! I was pretty sure you would agree.

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Bill you hold a very special place in my heart. You have been the person

      that I can count on for encouragement in my life as a writer. You have listened when I complained and you laughed when I commented with

      silly things. You have proven yourself over and over as a hub friend.

      I am very fortunate to have you in my life.

      Bill, I appreciate you and I love you.

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, what a sweet thing for you to say. I've found it is easy to support people who are supportive and loving themselves...so my job in this case was pretty simple. :)

      I love you too, DJ!

      bill

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is so true Bill. I don't think "love ya" conveys the same message as "I love you". And to be honest I hear this all the time all around me. It's almost as if it's a quick passing comment and not a statement of emotion toward someone.

      Another wonderful hub Bill. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for confirming my suspicions, Bill. I hear the same thing almost daily.

      I appreciate the visit my friend. Enjoy your weekend as well, and good luck with that garden.

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      Mike 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

      Nothing I could add to this piece of work, you said it all my friend.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh ... you have written on my favorite subject ever ... Love! I recall saying those three words in a recent phone call I made across the states : ) ...

      I know I sound like a broken record, but love is truly the answer and I tell all those I love them as much as I can each day, and here I go again, I love you too, Bill. I am big on giving hugs too. It would be a sad day to leave this earth and not tell those you love that you love them, and tell them often!

      Your friend who loves spreading the love around too,

      Faith Reaper

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Hi Bill. Exceptionally unique promenade walk you have taken me on, never experienced before. See, being raised and going over half of my fairly lengthy earthly journey, traditionally our culture did not know " I love you" the way it's impressively implemented in this culture. Rather love has been transmitted in actions , experienced by deeds or wasn't there at all. The poets sang about, young people started sharing it for rest of their lives together as divine virtue not for mortals to debilitate it inadvertently- without repetition… As matter of fact we still do not know it the way you're describing is commonly used on daily basis in this culture. Not denying that we are not aware of " love's" presence and power in our experience in words and kind , unselfish courteous deeds shared by a " neighbor " or relatives . Oh, we are not deprived of divine feelings, having plenty as our daily bread. I agree with you on all points, however above all , you have my loudest " amen" at " ALL you need is love, " - please forgive me, but what I have heard here was " all you need is God, ' since all my life I was not only told, i happened to believe as read in the ' Book' - God is love , manifested by His act of providing what mankind needed when not knowing it's need; LOVE became symbol of giving where need is meat when not knowing need until obtaining it. Thus if , when you will know something you have received from me, then words might confirm token of my love, the undefiled deposit of the Creator which original sin couldn't destroy. This-one makes " I love you " meaningful. ( Hope and pray that this won't alienate me completely from the Hub family .)

      Voted Awesome and beautiful and useful.

      Good night my friend.

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      Cecile Portilla 3 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

      I love you billybuc. Those videos were very motivational. Listened to both and truly enjoyed them! Thank you. Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poolman, I thank you Sir! Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I love you too my dear, and I am so appreciative of your friendship. Keep sending the love vibes.

      blessings and hugs winging their way

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cecile, thank you so much, and I love you too. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, your words and opinions will always be welcome on my page.

      A wise mentor once told me "God is love" and repeated it often enough for even me to understand and accept.

      All you need is love....God is love....ergo....

      blessings my friend

      bill

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      There is nothing else really. We are born with nothing, we take nothing with us when we leave this earth. When we are here all the riches in the world don't fill the void in an lonely heart or the lost feeling within a soul which has never spiritually progressed beyond the pointless obsession with material wealth.

      Love binds us together and is the only thing that can make us truly happy and whole.

      Well written Mr Holland. :)

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an inspiring hub, Bill. Love is vital for humanity but is sadly lacking for many people and in many situations. Thank you for reminding us of its importance.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Bill - Love is my favorite word and my favorite act. For years, I have held back the desire to run up to people and tell them "I love you." I'm pretty convinced that the men in the little white coats would take me away where society would be protected from me.

      I loved living in Hawaii because of all the 'Aloha' freely given to all. I melted into each hug which is the way to say hello and to greet everyone.

      I can't help but dream of a time where loving one another is more important than war. This hub is inspiring and can bring about change . I will return to read it again.

      Enjoy the videos with Leo Buscaglia. This man is really something and I've learned much from him. Voted up and across and will share.

      I love you, Bill. ~ Audrey

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Excellent and a rich commentary of all that is love ! Words {love is a soldier.............. more than " love ya " } are well -reflective of love ingrained in all of us. Bill, the way you wrote those words that I have put into a bracket are indicative of your poetic heart, only thing is that you don't claim so. You have a magnanimous heart and have a very compassionate and affectionate glance at the whole existence of beings and things. I would call it love. Great work ! Voted up.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 3 years ago from Pune, India

      Very inspiring hub. In my own case, I have experienced that when I write love stories, I become very positive, but when I write articles criticizing others, I suffer from a negative attitude. Love encourages, hatred kills you...

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      The last words I said to my hubby on his deathbed were I Love You! We always exchanged those words before going to sleep at night, too.

      Your love for all mankind is very apparent, Bill.

      BTW: I love you.

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

      Bill, you spread it generously with every article you write, and it flows right back at you with every comment. Together, they're the three most powerful words in the universe, however you say it, and in any language, nothing can ever take away from it. Love makes the world go round, we are all so much more when we know we're loved, and you my friend, is powerful indeed. :) Have a lovely day.

      PS. Congratulations to Liz, the baby is absolutely gorgeous!!

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      DREAM ON 3 years ago

      After seeing the morning paper and watching the news I really think any form of love is a small step in the right direction. I do say love you honey all the time to my wife.She says it all the time to me too. We are very comfortable being and seeing each other as often as we can.I also think more people should just give a simple hug that would be better than any words said.Thank you for writing another hub that covers so much ground and depth.Have a wonderful day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well stated, Anna, and I thank you for your beautiful thoughts. Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, it is truly sad to see the lack of love in society...but I refuse to stop believing in its power. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, for decades, Buscaglia has inspired me. The world lost a beautiful soul when he passed on...but his message remains.

      I love you, Audrey

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Harishprasad, what a kind thing for you to say. Thank you so much. I hope that my love shows in my writings. It is the one gift I can give to everyone. Blessings to you and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      jainismus, you stated it perfectly. Love is a force, and it is capable of changing our view of life at any time. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      By the way, Mary, I love you too. Thank you for sharing about your husband....that is such a beautiful testament of love.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, you are a beauty. Your choice of professions speaks volumes about your capacity to love.

      I will pass on your words to Lizzy. Aspen is gorgeous indeed....and so are you dear friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dream On, I love that you and your wife share those words often...and oh my yes, a hug is so important. Thank you for sharing that my friend.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      It seems you and Jamie are on the same wave length today! Love is important enough not to be a toss off--Smiles to you today!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Audrey and of course I agree....love is all-important in life. Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      sujaya venkatesh 3 years ago

      touching warm picture bil

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Sujaya!

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      Brenda Thornlow 3 years ago from New York

      I agree...people do throw the word "love" around a lot without really thinking about what it really means to them or the other person. Great hub, voted up!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bk42author....I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I greatly appreciate you stopping by.

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      "Love is my father and mother taking a chance on a blind, nine-month old child at Catholic Community Services back in 1948, and adopting that child and giving him all the love he could ever hope for."

      Bill, I thought I read this correctly, but have not had time to get back to

      my question at hand. You were 'blind' when you were a baby? How

      did you regain your sight?

      I have just finished reading all the comments on this hub and no one

      questioned you about that statement.

      When you have the time, please explain this phenomena.

      Thank you,

      DJ.

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Thank you for the place of honor in your hub, Billy. Your words brought tears to my eyes! I was worried that I wouldn't be able to love another child the way I love Skylar, but now I know it's not true. We can tap into bottomless wells of love if we choose to. I love you, my dear friend. Thank you for being by my side this week, even though you were many miles away!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anything for you, Lizzy. I think what you felt was normal for many parents....and I had zero doubt that you had enough love for two beautiful children. You are a gem, Lizzy, and I cherish our friendship.

      and yes, I love you too!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, it is quite common for newborns who go into the foster care system and don't receive nurturing. They call it "Failure To Thrive Syndrome"....my sight came within two weeks of being nurtured by my adoptive parents. :)

      and you are welcome

      bill

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I know what you mean by, “love ya”… as if love and caring has fused with the impersonal world of shorthand, joining the ranks of ASAP, “my bad,” BLT, “selfie,” and TGIF. I grew up in a loving home…I still think of the love my folks not only taught us, but lived by example. The world seems to be such an angry place. Not a day goes by when I don’t utter those words to my hubby, my son and daughter-in-law on the phone (we talk regularly since they live in Colorado), and other family or friends. We have this wonderful gift as human beings to love and to be loved. It is such a shame that it too often goes unrealized. This is a wonderful hub…one of my favorites. Thank you, Bill. :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, it is interesting to me, that if you ask 100 people what is the most important thing in the world, I am willing to be at least 90% of them will say love....and yet they act like it's no big deal. IT IS A HUGE DEAL!!!!!

      Thank you for your heartfelt thoughts my friend.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Long time no see dear Billy. This is the first Hub I read after some months away and I will say with all my heart...."I love you". Thanks for such lovely message.

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I haven't had any notifications for you in quite some time, and thought it was strange. I checked out your page and see I've missed a lot. I don't get it. there are several that I'm following, but never get notifications. Anyway, glad I caught this one. Now I have some catch-up to do. Keep 'em comin'.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, so good to see you. I love you as well. I hope to see more of you in the future. Blessings to you always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      lifegate, that happens from time to time. Check your settings to make sure you are "following me." For whatever reason, the settings change on their own from time to time. Thanks for making the effort to find me again.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Love takes so many different forms. Thanks for sharing this Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And I thank you, vkwok!

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      Elena 3 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for a hub full of love and precious news about the new baby. Beautiful Blessing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lady_E, so lovely to see you here. Thank you for the visit my friend.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Billy, with all the sadness, hate and apathy, we sure need something more to hold to. I love you, brother.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And I love you, Deb. Thank you!

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      Anusha Jain 2 years ago from Delhi, India

      I loved this hub. I seriously did, not the "Love ya" sorts :)

      I couldn't agree more with your thoughts. And what else, it's not just lightly thrown phrases similar to "Love ya", but so much more... so much more that is said, without being meant! While it may cause confusions, hurt for people who want it to be true, it also just contributes a little bit more to deteriorate the meaning of beautiful phrases. We have cut them short, and we are continuing to cut short their importance too.

      The other day I was reading a post about the compliments for women which have become trendy and thus acceptable in my country. The post kept arguing, why don't we use more meaningful compliments instead of the cheap shallow demeaning words. And thats about it. Our expression is becoming shallow... let's dig a little deeper in our hearts to bring out the apt words, sincerely meant. The apt feeling of Love when we say, "I love you".

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anusha, thank you for your thoughts. I just think we have a tendency to cheapen that which should be the most important thing in the world. Let's slow down a bit and embrace love.

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      Mothers of Nations 2 years ago

      Love is absolutely the most important thing in all the world.

      1Corinthians13

      Thanks for sharing! God bless you...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      God bless you, mothersofnations! Thank you for the visit.

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