Every Waking Moment

I was just enjoying some wonderful posts at TalkToDiana when I read this question from Diana:

“If you could post just one message to the world, what would it be?”

Below is my answer. I’d love to hear/read how you would answer that question.

We all have the power to create our own heaven and hell right here on Earth.

We can focus on becoming more kind, compassionate, generous, forgiving, and loving, and by doing so become surrounded by kind, compassionate, generous, forgiving, and loving people, or we can take the opposite approach and be surrounded by unkind, uncaring, greedy, unforgiving, and hateful people.

The choice is ours, every waking moment of every day of our lives.


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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18 Responses to Every Waking Moment

  1. camsgranny says:

    My Goodness, Thank you for this….I’m not sure I could answer this question any better.

  2. boomiebol says:

    Love- it is a daily choice. Choose to love even when it hurts, choose to love even the unlovable, for if and when we see ourselves through the eyes and hearts of love…evil would be foreign we might never know it…love choose to walk in it consciously and daily.

    • russtowne says:

      I like that message a lot too, Boomie.

      The one exception is when love hurts due to physical or verbal abuse. Love isn’t supposed to hurt in that way. But I know you wisely know the difference and certainly weren’t advocating staying in an abusive relationship.


      • boomiebol says:

        Oh never!!! I could never even think of that as love…nah love never hurts…love is kind, patient…it would never smack or swear at anyone…

      • boomiebol says:

        Oh never!!! I could never even think of that as love…nah love never hurts…love is kind, patient…it would never smack or swear at anyone…

        I meant like maybe when a child is unruly and not well behaved…or when we have been hurt by friends…love them even if it means from afar 🙂

        • russtowne says:

          I knew what you meant, my friend. I just wanted to ensure that everyone else did too.

          Thank you for clarifying. I agree completely and love your last pargraph, Boomie. Well said.


  3. Gina's Professions for PEACE says:

    I love this ~ and your response is wonderful. I so agree that we are constantly creating our own heaven or hell, right here, right now, every day.
    If I could post one more thing I would perhaps post about always remembering how loved, and how important we really are. If every person could understand the love that surrounds, encourages, and walks with us constantly, to acknowledge it – let it in – and allow it to radiate outwards to the world, I believe we all would be able to live in peace.
    Thank you for your post Russ! Blessings, Gina

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, Gina. What a huge positive difference could be made in the lives of everyone if they really received and knew how loved, and how important, they really were. Our world would transform into something even more beautiful than it already is.


  4. That’s a lovely message! I’d need to think on mine!

  5. Actually before I read your answer I thought about what mine would be and they were pretty much spot on….I feel that the compassion and love we give out…can spread …Diane

  6. Andrea Kelly says:

    That is absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing, and for this post, you always get me thinking, Russ!! 🙂

    I would have to say my message would be something a long the lines of:

    Don’t wait for perfection or the ideal circumstances, to act, because they will never come. Always make the best out of what you have – changing your perspective can change your life. You can’t control most of the things that life will throw your way, but you’ll be amazed at the beauty you can find and the great places you’ll end up when you learn to roll with the punches with grace and compassion.

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you for sharing your ideas, Andrea. I like them! Several good messges. “My favorite part: “Changing your perspective can change your life.” I wholeheartedly believe that changing our perspective and attitude will change our life and can even change the world, often in profound ways that we may not even realize.

  7. Jo-Anne says:

    Yes I also agree what a great measage couldn’t agree more

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