In Spite of Ourselves

A person can learn a lot from a dog,
even a loopy one like ours.
He taught me about living each day … with unbridled exuberance and joy,
about seizing the moment and following your heart.

He taught me to appreciate the simple things …
a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall,
a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight.
And as he grew old and achy,
he taught me about optimism
in the face of adversity.

Mostly, he taught me about friendship
and selflessness and, above all else,
unwavering loyalty.
~ John Grogan ~

(Source: Ute Lark shared Precious World’s post)

The greatest happiness in the world
is the conviction, that we are loved.
Loved for ourselves, or rather, in spite of ourselves.

–Victor Hugo

(Source: Ute Lark shared Precious World’s post)

With Love,
Russ

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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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