Keep Shining!

Some online friends are having the kind of day we all have and wish we didn’t. I responded to one of them with a message that may be useful to you too, so I decided to post it to everyone:

I hear you. When I get overwhelmed by the big picture, I find that it helps me when I stop and take several deep breaths, and start focusing on the small picture for awhile. That gives my sub-conscious brain a chance to keep working on a possible answer while I distract my overly-active conscious brain with a chore, or with the beauty of a sunset or silhouette. Then, often when I least suspect it, my sub-conscious provides the answer. I just have to give it a quiet space to do so.

In my case, if my mind feels too cluttered, I also unclutter another part of my life–such as my desk. It makes me feel better and gives me more room to breathe, think, and to simply be.

You have such a bright spirit that you almost can’t help but shine on others. Keep shining. Your own light will help guide your way.


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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10 Responses to Keep Shining!

  1. I have the opposite problem. I love the big picture and get overwhelmed with the details! I suppose I could take a break from the details and dream about the big picture for awhile, right?

  2. russtowne says:

    Ah, so you are a visionary! The world needs visionaries! But even visionaries need to at some point either look to the details or align with people they trust who are detail oriented.If you do the latter, be sure to find people who are honest, hard-working and skilled. And if you can only find people with two of those attributes be certain that honest is one of them, bcause if they are dishonest and hard-working you are in a for a WORLD of hurt!


  3. boomiebol says:

    I am learning to just breathe sometimes…and just be. Still there are days it’s tough, I am still learning I guess:). Thanks for sharing this.

    • russtowne says:

      Hi, Boomie. I just spent quite a bit of time cracking up at a bunch of the posts at your blog! Well done!

      As for breathing, it gets easier when the kids get older. As a parent I spent a LOT of time holding my breath and biting my tongue when my kids were growing up!


      • boomiebol says:

        Thank you so much for stopping by my older posts…i bet they are so lonely considering all the attention my new ones are getting now :).

        I guess trying to balance the kids and making sure all is right with them in and out and still trying not to neglect my own purpose is a tough one to balance…I want to be the mom they deserve so they are all that God has purposed for them to be, and i also want to be all He has purposed me to be…breathe is all i can do i guess. It’s funny that now in my thirties i am learning so many times and just discovering my truths and passions, but I am thankful that i am learning them anyhow.

        Thank you always,

        • russtowne says:

          Hi, Boomie. You’re older posts were getting jealous at all the attention your newer ones were getting. I’m a believer in leaving no post unread at the quality sites and I certainly believe your blog falls into that category! Besides, some of the best quotes are older ones at many sites, plus I get to see how the writers evolve.

          I’m glad that you are grateful for all that you are learning now. Heck, I’m almost 54 and I’m learning more every day. Sure, I’d have loved to have learned these things at your age, but I’m a slow learner. It’s terrific that you can learn such things 20 years sooner than it took me. You’ll get to use what you’ve learned far longer than me. Can you imagine how much wiser you’ll be by the time you are my age?!


  4. Andrea Kelly says:

    This is great advice – I love your posts! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  5. Paws To Talk says:

    Great advice Russ! We have all been there.
    Bella and DiDi

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