Essentially Me

“Focus on what has always been essentially you.” (Source: Andrea Kelly’s blog “A Handwritten Life”–I just spent a very pleasant hour there.)

When I began to focus on what has always been essentially me, I found out some amazing things about myself that had been hidden for my whole adult life. One of them is that I am creative. I had no idea. I knew that I was analytical, but had allowed myself to become convinced that I didn’t have a creative bone in my body.

Now I write songs, stories, and even poetry. They had been bottled up inside me for so long that when I finally began to realize that I might (gasp!) actually have some creative juices, they exploded out of me like a volcano.

Once they began erupting from my heart and spirit, there was no way I was ever going to be able to cork them up again–or would ever want to.

Now I want to share them with whoever might enjoy the experience, and I want to inspire others to focus on what is essentially them and to celebrate what springs forth from their creative minds, hearts, and spirits.

What has always been essentially you? If there is anything you are holding back, I invite you to share it with me and the world.


About russtowne

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. 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 the beauty of kindness and nature.
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4 Responses to Essentially Me

  1. Cathy Ulrich says:

    We’re so glad you did. Russ!

  2. mindfuldiary says:

    You are brave man Mr.Russ. Not many take time to find out either of fear, what the world might think or because they fear to fail. I’m glad you did. You’re truly talented song writer. I’ve been holding back or really not admitting to myself that, It’s essentialy me to give and care (how to write this, so it does not come out as if I’m some sort of saint?..haha) . I enjoy encouraging, help, uplift, support, sometimes just with a smile. I’ve recenly found out, that can effortlessly take charge(lead), plan, create, develop and be creative about work related to charity. I loose time and sense. Great post!

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, my kind friend. While you may not be a saint, I have experience saint-like qualities in your (online) presence. Kindness, empathy, support, caring, inspiring, teaching, and more. I honor you for finding what is essentially you and sharing it with the world.


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