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Living Simple and H.O.W.

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teacherI have written about this before and I’m sure you’ll hear it again; Living Simple is a philosophical movement more than anything else.  It is about getting back to basics, not to be confused with frugal living or minimalism.

Much has been written about the good old days.  In truth, there was some bad mixed in with the good old days, but what is not conjecture is that those days were much more about friends and family than what we see today.  There was a feeling of community back in the 50’s and 60’s, a feeling of togetherness that is missing in today’s world.

Back then we had each other’s backs; you always knew that your neighbors were watching out for you.  Children were safe in the neighborhoods, and people would stand outside and chat with each other.

Today I see an isolationist mentality.  People don’t smile when passing each other on the streets.  They clutch their purses and avert their eyes, in effect building up walls around them in a defensive tactic.

If we are truly one world and one humanity, then we have to reverse this trend, and the only way I know to do it is one person at a time.  Try smiling when you pass someone on the street.  Try getting to know your neighbors on a personal basis, rather than appearing like two ships passing in the night.

If you are interested in reading some great suggestions about this movement, then join our H.O.W. movement on Facebook.  Humanity One World is the movement, and you just might find that you like it.

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About Billybuc

A simple man who has found happiness as a functioning dysfunctional.

16 responses »

  1. Beautiful post and I must be in the minority, because not only do I smile at most everyone I meet when I am out, but you can’t shut me up (as you already knew!). Seriously, thanks for writing about this and only hope others will try to do the same!!

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    • I don’t know how you do that, Janine! I barely post it and here you are. People on HP say that about me, but you have me beat. 🙂 Thank you Janine; I love that you smile at people.

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  2. Kudos to your movement!

    You will be remembered by many, Bill. Positivity always brings cheer and enlightenment and surprisingly can also spread as fast as fire 🙂

    Cheers!

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  3. I just read this other blog called the Destiny Manifest and between that and this, my heart is bursting with ways I can use my own talents to make a difference. I really, really, really want to do some kind of humanitarian photo project. Just not sure what, yet. In the meantime, I appreciate your message. 🙂

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  4. You have the talent and the heart to make a difference, Cyndi. I have, and always have, faith in you.

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  5. We stay in a gated community and we hardly know our neighbours. I’m painfully shy, so I won’t go right out and start up a conversation, but I do smile and say hi now and then. I get what you mean, we do need to let down our walls a bit and stop being so judgmental. Great post, Bill!

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    • Good morning Mel! I haven’t seen much of you on FB lately…I hope you are well, and thanks for stopping by. I was painfully shy for decades…..no longer, though. 🙂

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      • It’s been a bit of a funny week after the high of NaNoWriMo, and I’ve felt a bit out of it – like an anticlimax…but feeling much better today – first time this week 🙂 Ready to take on today. I’ll pop in on FB in a bit as soon as I’ve finished the next HOW hub today. Caught up on a few over the weekend…wow! It’s spreading….and so exciting to see 🙂 Must be late your side of the world…catch up just now, or when you wake up tomorrow – your tomorrow! 🙂

      • Okay, Mel! Glad you are okay. Have a great day!

  6. Nice post Bill! Hope to see this movement succeed. Take care my friend!

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  7. I think you already know how I feel about you and your always timely posts! Thank you for sharing!

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  8. Well done Bill,
    Fantastic idea you started that is growing day by day! Totally behind you my friend 100%, here’s to the success of H.O.W – You are the king of human kindness and no better leader behind this awesome movement.

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    • Suzanne, thank you for visiting my humble little blog. I appreciate your kind words my friend; I am very grateful that this movement is going so well, but I am not surprised. There are some mighty fine people on HP….like you. 🙂

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