The Life I’ve Needed To Live

“There is no need to reach high for the stars. They are already within you. Just reach deep into yourself!” ~Unknown

I saw the above quote at

That concept, combined with the others below have freed me to live the life I’ve always needed to live. I’m grateful to have discovered them in time to make a major positive difference in my life. My wish for you is that you too have already discovered and benefitted from them, but if not, I recommend that you consider incorporating them into your life. Ideally, you have or will have learned them at a much younger age than I so that you will hopefully have much longer than I to enjoy the delicious fruits of them:

Surrounding myself with supportive, kind, loving people by focusing on being supportive, kind, and loving.

Finding my own creative voice and sharing it.

Understanding that no matter how good or bad something is there will always be people who like it and those who don’t.

Knowing that if it’s from one’s heart it is beautiful.

Realizing that if I’m having fun I’ve already won.


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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15 Responses to The Life I’ve Needed To Live

  1. boomiebol says:

    Thanks always for sharing wisdom

  2. billgncs says:

    I think there’s a song in there just waiting to be found!

  3. Rhonda says:

    Yes Russ, surrounding ourselves with the supportive, positive, influences we’ve been blessed to encounter…is everything. Thank you for being such an influence. Truly.

  4. I think it takes most of us a while….usually when we get a bit older…to learn the value of what you mentioned…Diane

    • russtowne says:

      I think you are right, Diane. But if there is a way that I can help someone get there sooner than I did, then I’d love to do so. If you could see the “Before” and “After” glimpses of my life you’d know why its important to me to try.

      Thank you for being in my life.


  5. Cathy Ulrich says:

    Wonderful and wise words, Russ. I so love your perspective.


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