Lost and Found

I just read a comment to me from a friend in response to a line in a poem I’d written and shared at http://Poetscorner.com. The line was: “I was lost”

He commented something to the effect of: “Were you? You seem to be so together.”

What a wonderful compliment! Here was my reply:

“Not only was I lost, I still often find myself lost. Lost in ego. In playing old negative messages in my head. In selfishness. Fear. Laziness. And more. I’m just far less lost than I used to be, especially when it comes to following my passion and living my dreams, and I stay lost for shorter periods. It is the reconnection to my heart and spirit that helps me to get reoriented. They are my compass and help me to have confidence and courage in this great adventure of life”.

I just felt I needed to set the record straight. I’m just a student of life, and often a slow learner at that. Fortunately life is a patient teacher, offering the same lesson to me over and over again, until I’m ready, willing, and able to learn it.

With Love,

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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14 Responses to Lost and Found

  1. Val Boyko says:

    Yes indeed Russ. You made me smile 🙂
    The more we travel on this road the more we realize it’s a journey for life.
    Embracing our imperfect humanity, rather than trying to be perfect …

  2. russtowne says:

    Thank you, Val. I love to inspire smiles. The road of life has potholes and I’ve learned to love them, as they are where I’ve lessons the greatest lessons. I don’t always love them when I fall into them, but later when my cuts and bruises aren’t quite as painful, I’m often able to appreciate what I’ve gained from them.

  3. It’s true of all of us, isn’t it? I’m ok with that. I’m learning to embrace all of me, even the slow-learning part of me!

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you for your insight and taking time to comment, Diana. That sounds like a great lesson, my friend.

      I don’t know whether it’s true for others. I only know what is true for me and that much of what is true for me can vary over time and even from moment to moment.


  4. I caught up with an old friend recently and I commented about how insecure I was in my teens. She said ‘Really? You always seemed confidant to me.’ I think sometimes it is a case of ‘fake it until you make it’

    • russtowne says:

      Could be. Thank you for your comment, Elizabeth. I wonder if it is also a case of being “relative”. In the crowd I hung out with in high school I was considered the out-going one who could get the girls. In fact, I was an introvert, and most of the girls I was with had made the first move (and sometimes, second, and third moves.) Relative to my buddies, I was a real Don Juan or Casanova, but relative to truly popular guys on campus I was at the opposite end of the spectrum. Most of the popular kids didn’t know who I was. Just another nerd in the herd… ;-D!


  5. Russ, I LOVE the line, “I’m just far less lost than I used to be, especially when it comes to following my passion and living my dreams, and I stay lost for shorter periods.” My problem has been that I have been so lost that I have thought I needed something HUGE to happen in my life. You have just given me an intermediate goal: to be far LESS lost! –John

    • russtowne says:

      LOL! Thank you for your comment, John. I can relate a little too well. Sometimes I become less lost in one aspect of my life while becoming more lost in another, without even knowing it! Living in the moment, doing what I love, and staying focused on listening to the wise whispers of my spirit and heart help me a lot.

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