To A Friend Who Is Going Through Tough Times

A friend who is going through tough times recently wrote something along the lines that she needed to get out into nature.

Dear friend: I wrote the lyric for the song linked above, and Kevin Harris wrote the music. I’m including it in this post as a reminder and a tribute to you and what you are going through.

When you wrote that your bucket list was too rusty to hold your dreams, it broke my heart. I wrote this poem for you:

Dear Friend

When you’re feeling low
And the world doesn’t care it seems
That your Bucket List’s too rusty
To hold all your dreams

Please know you’ve got a friend
Who’ll always believe in you
One who’d like to ease your mind
Of all the cares you’re going through

Your fears, sadness, tears, and dreams
They are all safe with me
May you soon share my faith
That your dreams will become reality

I believe in your greatness
And all your goodness too
The gifts you have for the world
And most of all, I believe in you

–Russ Towne

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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17 Responses to To A Friend Who Is Going Through Tough Times

  1. A friend who believes in you. Magic. Great post Russ

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, David. By the way, I keep trying to follow your blog, but when I click the “Follow” button, WP sends a message something to the effect of, “Please type a legitimate email address.” To my knowledge, the parents of my email address were married prior to its birth. I think it is rude of WP to imply otherwise. Anyway, when I’m able to, I plan to once again follow your blog.


  2. Russ, what a lovely poem for your friend. You are a true blessing!

  3. What a great poem I liked it…………

  4. bulldog says:

    great post… magical…

  5. Dear Russ,
    I listened to this song you wrote with my son. And it is beautiful. It moved me to tears. For I can feel your gentle heart through the words. Thank you for this poem for your friend. You are a good friend. I know. Sharon

    • russtowne says:

      Dear Sharon,
      Your comment made my morning even brighter and put a lasting smile on my face. I can think of no greater compliment for a songwriter to hear. Thank you for that wonderful gift. I count your friendship among my greatest blessings.

  6. Lady Lovely says:

    A very inspiring post here. Thank you for sharing this and for uplifting my day!

  7. beebeesworld says:

    How Thoughtful, Russ, and how beautiful. even though the wounds I have cannot be healed, the scars are lessened by caring friends. When I wonder if I really have any friends who cn comprehend my pain, and someone like you lets me know that I do, a little drop of hope lingers in the bucket! Thanks for your thoughts, time and kindness, beebeesworld

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you for your comments, beebee. I was at the side of a close and dear friend’s side when he learned that his young son–who’d been alive, vibrant, and healthy only hours before–was dead from a brain aneurism. Mere words can’t describe what he–or you–went through, and continue to go through. I’ve experienced it up close and personal for the last 10 years, and watched my own daughter fight for her life in intensive care week after week. I don’t know what you’re going through, and won’t pretend that I do, but I care deeply for you and all who have experienced the loss of a child. I wanted you to know that.


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