Knowing How To Live

“As soon as you trust yourself you will know how to live.” –Goethe

As seen at!/tinybuddha

That has proven true for me, and trusting myself was both a lot harder and easier than I thought. I had to surrender to who I am deep down inside rather than keep trying to be the man I thought I was supposed to be.

Awhile back a close friend made a comment to me that has deeply resonated within me and helped me to adjust the way I look at myself. We kid each other a lot because in many ways we are very different, though in key ways that truly matter we are very much the same (but he’d never admit it!) ;-D!

As he was kidding me about my sugary sweet song and similar sappiness, he added, “You might as well stop fighting it” (or something to that effect). “That is who you are.”

“That is who you are.” Yup. It’s who I am. Once I surrendered to that very basic notion, my life started to click even better into place.

May you know who you are, or better recognize it sooner than I did.

This wonderous learning adventure called life continues…


About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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17 Responses to Knowing How To Live

  1. I needed to hear this today…thank you!

  2. Andrea Kelly says:

    Thank you for the reminder Russ! 🙂

  3. A Dog With Fleas says:

    Great advice and one I’ve lately started to follow for myself!! Thanks for the reminder.

  4. Cathy Ulrich says:

    Yes, and we love you for being who you are, Russ. 🙂

  5. jolynproject says:

    I needed to read this today. Thanks for sharing it. Acceptance is key. It’s been a struggle but I’m working on it.

  6. Professions for PEACE says:

    So wonderful to return to blogging after my hiatus to come here and be truly inspired. Your insights and wisdom always lift my spirits Russ! Yes, here’s to being who we really are!
    Hugs of gratitude, Gina

  7. mindfuldiary says:

    This is powerful and much needed today. Thanks. Have a great weekend Russ!

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