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Living Simple: What Will Your Legacy Be?

Exploring an old graveyard.

Exploring an old graveyard.

Bev on the hunt for history.

Bev on the hunt for history.

Another of our great finds on one of our drives in the country.

Another of our great finds on one of our drives in the country.

Bev and I are quite fond of drives in the country when time allows. We grab our cameras and head off to sites yet unseen in hopes of finding memories for the future. Inevitably we will stop to take pictures of old barns as we both have a love of all things old. The other place we can be counted on to visit is any cemetery we have previously not seen.

For years I have roamed cemeteries, reading the tombstones, trying in some small way to divine what each person must have been like during life. Usually I am disappointed because so little is written on the tombstone and it leaves me with a feeling of emptiness, like meeting someone you think you will like but never getting the chance to form a meaningful relationship.

When I was younger I would not have been able to explain this hold that cemeteries had over me but as I have grown older I think I understand a little bit better. I have grown to appreciate the human race and I now find fascination where once there was condemnation. I have come to realize over the years that we are all imperfect and we are all capable of acts of debasement but also incredible acts of kindness and love. We are, in fact, a marvel to me and I strive to hear or read as many stories of people as possible.

THE WHOLE PICTURE

To try to understand a person based on one act or several years of their life is a foolish undertaking. We are such complicated beings and the whole picture of a person cannot be seen simply by watching several frames of the movie that is their life. Imagine going to the movie theater and watching five minutes in the middle of the movie and then leaving for home where you will write a movie review for the local newspaper. How can that possibly be done? And yet so often we make a snap judgment about others based on one act or just a small portion of their life.

Rather a person is the sum total of all of their experiences, all of their thoughts and words and actions, and in order to truly know that person one must attempt, and here I am borrowing an old chess term, to see the whole board rather than just the movement of one or two pieces on that board.

WHAT IS A LEGACY?

Webster’s tells us that legacy means: something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past<thelegacyof the ancient philosophers>. In other words, a legacy is something passed down to others and in most connotations we are referring to something passed down after death, i.e. Jesus left a legacy of ’love thy neighbor’ to his followers.

Note that ‘love thy neighbor’ is one quality, belief or teaching used in this case to describe the whole man known as Jesus. There can be very little doubt that the life of Jesus was made up of hundreds of thousands of actions, words and thoughts but his legacy is generally considered having to do with a general them of love. In a similar vein it could be argued that the legacy of Martin Luther King was racial equality even though his life was much more complicated than that; if one were to take individual moments from King’s life one might see a different legacy, but viewed in totality the legacy becomes something altogether different.

WHAT IS MY LEGACY?

I would hope that I still have some time left on this planet in which to add to my growing legacy. I would also hope that my legacy is not based on any one action, word or thought taken from my life. This morning I yelled at the dog for chewing on my pant leg; I would hope that based on that action alone my legacy would not be that of an animal hater for in fact I have owned and loved many animals over the years.

What is my legacy? It is an interesting question to ponder as I skip down the road of life. Without a doubt I have had my dark days when I did harm to myself and others. Is my legacy those dark days when alcohol ruled my life? Is my legacy one of divorce and failed businesses? Perhaps my legacy is one of broken hearts, lies and promises left unfulfilled?

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Alcoholism-My-Personal-Story

On the other hand my legacy may be of the love I feel now, a love that is given equally to everyone I meet. It may well be a legacy overflowing with kindness and acts of service and mercy.

From my standpoint the beauty of all this is that I still have time to choose what my legacy will be and make no mistake about it, this is a matter of choice. I made the choice a little over five years ago to turn my life around. Gone is the alcohol; gone is the ego that so controlled my life. In their place I have substituted humility and empathy, compassion and love. I still have time, or so I hope, to re-write my legacy so that it is something I can be proud of when my days come to an end. It is my choice!

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Lifestyle-Choices-A-Matter-Of-Priorities

WHAT WILL YOUR LEGACY BE?

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I will repeat a statement of fact: you can choose what your legacy will be. I have known some incredible people during my lifetime, people who have overcome horrible lives, some of their own making, and emerged pillars of humanity. They made that choice. One does not just wake up one morning a changed human being. Change so monumental as to be noticed during one’s lifetime and after death requires a decision to make that change.

Fate does not determine our legacy; fate is at times a determining factor or impetus that brings about change but the final decision is ours. I know people who have tragically lost loved ones; they had every reason known to man to become bitter and depressed and see only darkness and yet they have moved forward and not allowed the light to disappear from their lives. We often read stories in the newspaper of mothers who have lost children to cancer; instead of wallowing in grief they have taken up the cause and promoted cancer research. They made the decision that their legacy was not going to be one of grief but rather one of education and support for other cancer victims.

So I repeat: WHAT WILL YOUR LEGACY BE?

THE CHOICE IS YOURS AND YOURS ALONE

I have said often that I value empathy and compassion much more than I value sympathy. If I am able to understand how a person feels then I can act accordingly and be of some value to that person. To simply give sympathy and move on is to me a hollow act. It is much too easy to simply say “I am sorry” and then move on un-impeded to make my next sympathetic statement. Conversely, it takes some real effort to take the time to understand how someone feels, to share in that feeling and then lend a helping hand if wanted and needed.

Having said that I can tell you all that I completely understand grief, guilt and self-loathing. I have visited the darkness and allowed it to nearly smother the life out of me. I have chased the Almighty Dollar and I have gathered enough possessions to feed a thousand egos. It all left me empty inside and longing for something more, some glimpse of the light that had always held so much promise.

I found that "something more" when I embraced the Living Simple Philosophy.

Today I have found the light and it will guide me as I go about fashioning my lasting legacy. We all have the choice to do the same. The final chapter of our legacy will not be written until we have drawn our last breath and only then will the legacy be spoken about and remembered for time eternal.

The choice is yours! What will it be?

2012 Bill Holland (aka billybuc)

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Comments

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on September 26, 2021:

The good lessons, the important ones, MG, are timeless, or so I believe. Thank you for your visit.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on September 26, 2021:

i read this article now it gave me a nostalgic feeling. Though written years back it is almost timeless and that is the beauty of this article and life.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on September 26, 2021:

Ginger, thanks for taking the time to comment. Great memories, and I know exactly what you are talking about. When my mother was still alive, I would revert back to a different dynamic with her, that of son, rather than the adult father and husband. So very interesting how that works. Anyway, thanks so much, and welcome to HP.

Ginger Burke from Illinois on September 25, 2021:

I love this article! It's such a great reminder for me to not put people into a box based on my limited perspective of their actions.

As I was reading this, I was reminded of visits back to my parents' town. I live pretty far from them now, and only see the people in their town once or twice a year. It's so interesting to me that they still see me as my 18 year old self. And when I'm treated as such, I revert back to those ways *insert face palm here* I'm very grateful that I am no longer that girl!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 16, 2019:

Boy oh boy, Denise, do you ever speak the truth. I know similar people. There are some "shortcomings" they refuse to overlook, and today they are not worth my time.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on October 15, 2019:

An intriguing journey from visiting cemeteries to leaving a legacy. I know the kind of encouraging art-filled legacy I would like to leave but I always had the opinion that people will remember what the want to remember about you and not necessarily what you wanted them to receive. I know at least one daughter will not remember the thousands of good things I did because she is camping on the one failure I exhibited. For her, that's my legacy. I've learned I can only do my best and hope that people will remember I tried.

Blessings,

Denise

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 30, 2019:

Rochelle, it would be fascinating to talk to your husband about his childhood. I can't imagine growing up in that kind of destruction and chaos.

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on January 29, 2019:

Great thoughts to reflect upon.. in fact. I have to come back when I can reflect longer. We are in the process of making wills, a trust and all of that stuff, but I know it isn't the material stuff you leave that is most important, we are also in the process of writing personal histories which are not meant for publication, but mostly for our descendents. My hubby was in Europe as a child during WWII.. His memories of war and displacement are still clear; his experiences helped to shape his life and thoughts.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on December 31, 2018:

Ken, great reflection. Thank you for sharing it. Reflections such as yours are valuable in keeping us on the right path as we move through life. Thank you for sharing it with all of us.

Ken Burgess from Florida on December 31, 2018:

Great Article, reflects upon things I have begun to consider myself.

What am I going to leave my children, how can I best position things for them when I am gone.

What can I do for the future good, be it what companies I support that are moving humanity in a forward/positive direction, to what community efforts can I aid in.

Wisdom rarely comes to the young. Experiences, hardship, life's trials and blessings are what bring us wisdom for most of us, I am fortunate to reach an age where I can put it to use.

We can choose to leave a legacy for good or bad, or to do neither.

How we live our lives can leave a legacy, Pat Tillman died at a young age, tragically, but he left a legacy and is remembered by the community he impacted at large today. While someone who lives three times as long as he did, will not be remembered or reflected upon when they pass, most likely because they had no children and did nothing to impact the world around them.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 22, 2018:

Thanks Sis...a bit of a surprise, this one. I hardly wrote anything for HP other than the Mailbag. I hang with the cool kids for sure.

Suzie from Carson City on November 21, 2018:

No doubt we all know that part of your legacy will be Hubber with the most Hubbie awards in succession! Congratulations on your 2 new awards......as though any of us are surprised!! Love Sis.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on September 30, 2018:

Thank you for visiting, Li-Jen, and for your thoughts. No, never dismiss the small acts of kindness. They speak volumes about the type of person you are.

Li-Jen Hew on September 29, 2018:

Hey Bill, this is the first article I have read by you. I find it interesting as I like philosophy and you do have good points. Changing ourselves is not easy. I like your humour in the article like how people may judge you based on your act of scolding your pet. Legacy is complicated. Glad you wrote about how you were finding your legacy a few years ago...shows that you wanted something better for yourself. Legacy sounds like a big thing to me. Your small acts of kindness which I do not know of are already a contributing factor to a legacy perhaps and I wouldn't dismiss them. Thanks for sharing a piece of yourself....:)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 17, 2018:

Thank you very much, Cynthia! I appreciate it.

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on June 15, 2018:

Billy, I enjoyed reading this and taking a peek into your life of simplicity and gentle kindness. I will order your kindle book soon. All the best!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 28, 2018:

Thank you very much,Sheha! I appreciate your thoughts.

Sneha Sunny from India on May 26, 2018:

I also believe in having empathy rather than sympathy. I'm not sure what I will be remembered for, but I'd be nice if people remember me for something. Just the thought of that makes me happy. I will do my best, that's all I can hope.

It was a wonderful read. :)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on April 12, 2018:

I chose the same professiona, Agusfanani, and I never regretted it. Thank you for sharing.

agusfanani from Indonesia on April 12, 2018:

I decided to become a teacher. That's my choice and from this occupation I'll leave what my legacy is, knowledge that benefits others and useful forever.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on February 07, 2018:

That is very kind of you, Kathy! Thank you! I lost my father when I was 19...or 20...so long ago. He was 49....lessons learned are still with me to this day.

Kathy Burton from Florida on February 06, 2018:

An article to return to more than once to fully savor. My father died when I was 12, I have some wonderful memories of my time with him. He was much too young. My mother died at 75 in a car accident. Again too young,too young. Just today I was working on a draft article that explores their lessons to me. I will rework it some more based on thoughts you have stirrred up. Then I’ll rework more. It takes me a long time to get my thoughts on paper clearly.

One lesson I learned from my parents was to express appreciation and gratitude as it is not done enough in this world. So thank you for taking time to write this article and the many others. I feel a reading marathon coming on-joy.

Kathy

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 28, 2017:

Thank you Dale! I appreciate the kind words.

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on August 28, 2017:

Thought provoking article, well done. You echoed something that I have said many times over some decades now "I don't 'snapshot' people. I look at their behavior over time." Keep the articles coming, I will be looking forward to reading more of them.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on July 11, 2017:

Ziyena, welcome back. I love the higher path you have chosen. Best wishes on your journey.

ziyena from the Somewhere Out There on July 10, 2017:

Well Well, Billy ... it's been ages, but I'm back and glad to see you have continued with your writing quest on Hub Pages. You have made me think here about my own legacy ... a personal story that I have shared outside of the Hub with so many people in the past few years. I've closed that sad chapter of my life and now devoting myself to a higher path, one filled with love, peace, and forgiveness. Thank You for this special article.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 22, 2017:

Peggy, I have no doubt people benefited from your short stay...and hopefully that short stay will be quite a bit longer. Thank you!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 21, 2017:

As to legacy I would like to think that some people perhaps benefited from my short stay on this earth. That would be wonderful.

My parents and grandparents were great role models and taught those who followed great morals and values. Those are great legacies!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 20, 2017:

Lots of friends here over lots of years, Tamara. It all adds up. Thank you for checking out my page.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Tamara Moore on May 20, 2017:

Thank you for sharing this link and I am excited to check it out! (You have a lot of comments; I had to scroll a long way to find the comment box...lol...it's funny).

Hugs,

Tamara

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 20, 2017:

Tamara, thank you for searching for me...here is my author's page URL

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_rsis_1_7?url...

Tamara Moore on May 19, 2017:

1). I cannot find the button in which to follow you. 2). I found your e-book, and would like to know if you have a link to a listing of all of your books as I'd like to go thru them, and read what they are about, and possibly choose a few to purchase. The one I just looked at seems to be an excellent read!!

Tamara

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 19, 2017:

Oh gosh, Tamara, the book is only available as an e-book on Amazon....let me know if you can't find it. It's been so long since I published this one. :) Thank you and best wishes to you.

Tamara Moore on May 19, 2017:

Such a deep post. Where can I find this book "Living Simple Philosophy"? I would like to read it. It seems that I have been searching for something all my life... I wish I could understand what this "something" might be.

Hugs,

Tamara

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 22, 2017:

Thank you very much, Louise! It's the only way I know to write, so good thing people enjoy it. :)

Louise Elcross from Preston on March 22, 2017:

Thanks Billy for such a heart warming lovely hub. I love the way you write from the heart and with such honesty. Thank you.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 22, 2017:

Thank you Sunil! I am so happy that you enjoyed my thoughts.

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on March 22, 2017:

Great hub and I had a nice read. Thank you for sharing your views. Keep on writing such topics normally writers avoid. All the best.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 06, 2017:

Then HP it is. Have a great weekend, SA!

simplehappylife on January 06, 2017:

You're Welcome and Thanks :)

Hubpages is the only "social networking" I do. So, we'll have to connect on HubPages :) I do have a Flipboard, but that's just to post articles from here (hardly a social site).

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 06, 2017:

Beautiful, SA! Thank you for sharing Lao Tzu's words. I'm going to enjoy our online friendship. Look me up on Facebook if you get the chance. I'm under Bill Holland in Olympia.

simplehappylife on January 05, 2017:

Thought provoking and honest. Thank you for sharing Bill.

“Simplicity, patience, compassion.

These three are your greatest treasures.

Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.

Patient with both friends and enemies,

you accord with the way things are.

Compassionate toward yourself,

you reconcile all beings in the world.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 21, 2016:

And Bill, those are wonderful words of praise, and I thank you. I will try to live up to those words, my friend.

Bill Russo from Cape Cod on August 20, 2016:

The love of things faded and antiquated, is a path to a past sadly outdated. It's a way to peel back today's doors, and sit for a moment in a place and time not yours.

In the same way, when one meets a very young person - whether a grandchild or the youngster of friends - he or she is able to pierce the restraints of the present and sit for a moment in a future era.

No other writer can craft such evocative prose as you Mr. Holland. Invoking and provoking delicious thoughts and dialogues. That is your legacy!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 29, 2016:

My pleasure, Mommy, and thanks for stopping by.

Missy from The Midwest on June 28, 2016:

Interesting post. I enjoyed the chess board analogy. Thanks for acknowledging that humans are complicated beings.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on May 19, 2016:

Val, what a wonderful reflection for a 13 yr old to have. My goodness, you were light years ahead of me at that age. All I could think about were girls. LOL Thank you for sharing that wonderful story.

ValKaras on May 19, 2016:

Billybuc - Let me join this long line of commenters by saying that you have touched a deep theme of our life's purpose. It reminds me of my own visits to the huge city cemetery back in my native Europe. Actually, the very first time for me was when I was 13 or so, as I wanted to defeat my childhood fear of dark once and for all - so, driven by the budding spirit in me I went to the cemetery by myself - at midnight. I sweated bullets sitting in front of an unknown grave, but after some time I was free.

For the rest of the hour or so, I just sat there, looking down the hill at the neon cloud over the city, philosophising about life of all those down there destined to end up coming "up here" - while the great majority not appreciating their time still left to them.

Thank you for sharing this interesting hub.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on March 12, 2016:

Gerimcclym, thank you for stopping by. I'm so glad you enjoyed this message.

Geri McClymont on March 12, 2016:

Billy: Your title poses a very sober and thought-provoking question, one I find myself reflecting on from time to time. It is, sadly, so true that we are often quick to judge others based on a single action or after knowing them for only a short time.

I like how you used the example of Jesus as somebody who left a legacy of loving others.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on February 22, 2016:

Thank you so much, Missy! Just asking the question occasionally gives me time to ponder my place and purpose in this world....and that, in turn, determines my direction.

Missy Smith from Florida on February 21, 2016:

This was an interesting read. I don't know what my legacy will be when I'm gone. I'll let the ones who knew me well decide that. I'll just be me while I'm here. I'll continue to live this life on my own terms, trying not to be swayed by others and their opinions and misconceptions of the person I am or should be.

You and Bev must have great fun going out and discovering the world, and all the life in it, and the history behind us. Cemeteries have always intrigued me too. I bet you couldn't guess that about me. lol. There is this very old one that we used to take hay rides to on Halloween. So many buried there, but it was out far in the woods, and no one really kept it up; the headstones very old and vague with words. It does make you wonder.

I love to read hubs like this. Just simply asking a question, so we can ponder the answer and reading the lovely adventures you and your wife take. I liked this one very much, Bill. :)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 18, 2016:

Deborah, a blip we are for sure....perhaps it just comes down to the quality of blip. :) Thank you for stopping by and Happy Monday to you.

Deborah Demander from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD on January 18, 2016:

This is such a great article. I appreciate the challenge to think about the legacy I will leave behind.

We all want to matter, but honestly, we are just a blip in the cosmos.

Thanks for writing.

Namaste

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 01, 2016:

Thank you Swalia. I appreciate you stopping by.

Shaloo Walia from India on January 01, 2016:

A thought provoking hub!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 08, 2015:

Rumpled, thanks for stopping by. As for John Burns, I guess only John can say for sure. :)

A N Onymous from Wherever there is sincere fun and friendship being shared. on November 08, 2015:

Some gravestones tell a brief story of the deceased. I wonder whether this one did, or not: "John Burns."

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 03, 2015:

Stella, great line about getting older and stupider. It sure seems that way for some, doesn't it? Thanks for your thoughts...and the chuckle.

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on August 03, 2015:

We can continue to change for the better each day we have left on earth. It is our choice. I could never understand how people get older and still act stupid. Great Hub, Stella

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on July 08, 2015:

It does for sure, frozenink. I hadn't thought of my writing as a legacy until about a year ago. Now I smile when I think of it.

frozenink on July 07, 2015:

Nice. That's interesting. Actually, that is really a way to have yourself remembered. At present, you are also entertaining people as a proud writer of a thousand Hubs. That works as well. =)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on July 07, 2015:

frozenink, I would have been clueless as a kid. Probably would have said entertain people as a professional baseball player. :)

frozenink on July 07, 2015:

Actually to think about it again, my dad once asked me long time ago about what kind of legacy I wanna leave behind; what kind of things do I want people to remember me by. I was a kid back then. I had no idea!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on July 07, 2015:

Thank you again Frozenink. I think, at the very least, it is an interesting way to evaluate our lives while we are still alive...provided we are honest with ourselves. :)

frozenink on July 06, 2015:

Wonderful hub, Billy. I think it is fascinating for you to cover the variety of contents as well as the encapsulated emotions. I totally agree that we are the authors of our legacy, and not fate. And to live life meaningfully, one way is to first identify what kind of legacy we want to leave behind.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 10, 2015:

Thank you Deborah....I like your legacy. Maybe some day we'll make it back to the Napa Valley. I would love to see that cemetery.

Deborah Carr from Orange County, California on June 09, 2015:

If you and your wife are ever in the Napa Valley, you will want to stop by the St. Helena cemetery. There you will see the grave plots of some of the famous families in the wine industry ... Berringers, Gallo, etc. As for my legacy, I leave behind my children, grandchildren and the words I have written.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 02, 2015:

Thank you for your thoughts, Yalul! Interesting for sure and food for thought. I appreciate it.

Yalul from Philippines on June 02, 2015:

Yes we have a choice inasmuch as in shaping how we want people to remember us. But when we're gone we really can't know for sure if we are being remembered the way we wanted to be remembered. I think it is really up to the people who will remain to determine what our legacy is. In my case for instance, I am in a certain position in our organization, but I never allowed my stature to get in my head. So I am probably the most approachable one in my kind, because I have always wanted to be close to the people. Because at the end of the day, it is them who really keeps the organization running. But will my pro-people orientation be my legacy? Well maybe if I retire with my sanity intact and people will pay nice tribute to me, I will know. But I can't be too sure for now.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on June 01, 2015:

Word, I can't imagine a better legacy than to live a life of love. Pax vobiscum to you, my friend, and thank you.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on June 01, 2015:

Good morning billybuc, this was a nice read. I do so much that I'm not sure of a legacy. All I know is, I display a lot of love, enjoy doing the best of what I do and try to see the good in people. That's it. Have a great day!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on January 13, 2015:

Thank you so much, amazmerizing. I appreciate you stopping by.

amazmerizing from PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA on January 12, 2015:

Excellent hub! I been there too, and I concur! Hat's off to ye!!! ;)

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on December 02, 2014:

Besarien, thank you for reflecting upon that cemetery near Asheville. If I were there I would be one of those writing.

Besarien from South Florida on December 02, 2014:

Beautifully said, billybuc! It is never too late to make a change for the better. All of us can find plenty of improvements to make as well!

There is an old historic cemetery near to where I live here in Asheville. O. Henry and Thomas Wolfe are both buried there. It has above ground crypts, intricate stonework, angel statuary, ancient oaks, fountains and gardens everywhere. The grounds are immaculately kept. It reminds me that cemeteries are as much for the living- places to remember the past and plan for the future. It is an inspiring place too, very beautiful and sad. Lots of locals go there to write and paint.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on November 21, 2014:

PinoyMom, I love how you described it, and isn't that a wonderful thought, that our words will live on forever? Thank you!

Shiela Gerona from Philippines on November 20, 2014:

One of the best topics to be written by a writer is his or her own life experiences. This is something unique. Time will pass by, a writer's published article will speak in behalf of him or her. This is something that can be shared through generations. Great hub indeed. Voted up Sir.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 31, 2014:

write-with-coffee, thank you so much...and it is a pleasure meeting you as well.

Maria K from Bangalore on October 31, 2014:

Thank you for this wonderful hub. I am in my early 30's but I can relate to some of the thoughts you have articulated here. I also look at graves and wonder about those people and their lives. Thanks again for this touching piece and it's great to meet you.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 26, 2014:

Thank you Elsie! I'm so happy that you enjoyed it.

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on October 26, 2014:

Thanks BillyBuc for a interesting subject, it has got me thinking about it, after reading this hub, what will mine be? as you said "the choice is ours and ours alone". Enjoyed it very much.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on October 12, 2014:

Merrci, I believe you are right for the most part. Growing older gives us a perspective we don't have when we are young and chasing our own tail....best wishes to you and thank you.

Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on October 12, 2014:

So enjoyed reading this BillyBuc. I so agree that simple living is something to strive for. Perhaps it's age that brings that out. All the years working hard, accumulating, only to have to work harder to maintain it all, seems so unimportant at the end of it. My wish is that those younger could learn to appreciate simplicity early on. Bookmarking to read again later. Thanks for sharing!

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on September 12, 2014:

Adventuretravels, thank you for the kind words and for the following. Welcome to HP, and I look forward to knowing you better, as a writer and a person.

Giovanna from UK on September 12, 2014:

I love this Hub. I believe in simple living. My legacy - I have no idea what that will be - but I do wonder!

CONGRATULATIONS on your award. I really look forward to reading your Hubs and I'm very pleased to meet you.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on September 09, 2014:

You are very welcome, Pawpaw...thank you!

Jim from Kansas on September 09, 2014:

Everyone should stop to consider what their legacy will be. Thanks for reminding me to think about it.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on September 02, 2014:

Social thoughts, that is very kind of you. Thank you! With his life, and with his death, I learned wonderful lessons.

social thoughts from New York on September 02, 2014:

I'm so sorry for your loss. :(

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on September 02, 2014:

Social thoughts, I know that quite well. I doubt my father thought he would pass on at 49 yrs, but he did. I rarely forget that painful lesson, and I try to live each day to the fullest. I'm not always successful, but I do try more often than not. Anyway, thank you.

social thoughts from New York on September 02, 2014:

I like this article a lot. It's more about exploration of self than just the legacy we leave. I don't think our legacy is as controlled as we want it to be. We don't always know when we'll pass on, so we just have to make the most of each day.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 29, 2014:

Thank you Sandy, and I'm glad you are with us here at HP.

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin on August 29, 2014:

This is very inspirational reading about your own legacy of life.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 11, 2014:

Express, I greatly appreciate you sharing that story about your father. Thank you so much for opening your heart so that others might learn.

H C Palting from East Coast on August 11, 2014:

I had to pop back and share a personal experience after the last two beautiful comments here. I was so warmed by the fact that at my father's funeral (he went far too soon) there was standing room only and some people who could not drive walked in the rain to pay their last respects, including a very elderly former babysitter of mine. I will never forget that. I admire my dad for being dad and many people, some of whom I'd never met, admired him as well for his kindness and generosity. I don't think I can accurately express how much that means to me to this day. Being remembered as good person, leaving a positive legacy, speaks volumes and matters more than fame ever could.

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 11, 2014:

2besure, beautiful reflection my friend. Famous is for other people...I'll settle for being remembered as a good person.

Pamela Lipscomb from Charlotte, North Carolina on August 10, 2014:

I was asking the Lord only this to to help me leave an positive legacy when I die. I remember my Mom and my Dad's funeral and everyone held them in such high esteem. I don't want to be famous or anything. But like the old Baptism song, " Let the works I've done Speak for Me"

Bill Holland (author) from Olympia, WA on August 05, 2014:

Mona, thank you so much. Oh my dear yes, I have done wrong, but at least I recognized it so I could correct it. I appreciate your kind words very much.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on August 04, 2014:

I think the legacy you will leave behind is the sheer honesty with which you have shared your life in your hubs, and the fact that through it all you ended well. You know, like that Shirley Maclaine song, "It's not where you start but where you finish." Before I was always reading your latest hubs. By reading your older ones, I realize you are very different from the person I imagined you to be. I thought you were a good man who never did anything wrong. I'm so glad that I have gone through your older hubs to know that you are a man of depth and texture.

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