Struggles, Suffering, Joy, and Connection

Too often when I’ve focused primarily on myself it has led to greater struggle and suffering. When I focus my efforts and energy on creating and maintaining relationships and communities that share similar priorities, values, ethics, and goals, I often find the struggle and suffering is replaced by love, kindness, and a sense of connectedness that brings me great joy. Blogging is one such community for me. Thank you for brightening my life by being in 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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20 Responses to Struggles, Suffering, Joy, and Connection

  1. Yes, I agree. The community within blogging is amazing. There are so many stories that are an inspiration… and so much kindness and support ! You’re part of that Russ with all that you write! Diane

  2. quiall says:

    The feelings are reciprocated!

  3. Thank you Russ for being in it and brightening my life too. ❤
    Diana xo

  4. Val Boyko says:

    Happy to share the sphere with you Russ!

  5. Mrs. P says:

    I too enjoy connectivity with people of like minded values. It makes my spirit smile. Even if I disappear for a while I think of those connections almost daily.

    • russtowne says:

      I know what you mean, Mrs. P. I’ve been doing very little posting or reading blogs for the last month or two yet know that as I re-surface, my on-line friends will be there to warmly greet me as always. I count that as a great blessing.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing. Stay in the Spirit.

  7. ksbeth says:

    i feel the same, and it’s been our pleasure to know you, russ.

  8. flammetjie says:

    Dear Russ, you brighten up my day very often! I am really happy to be part of your circle of light. Keep shining!

  9. utesmile says:

    Russ, you give all of this to us with your blog and books. You brighten our lives, and I am so happy I can do that to you too! It’s wonderful to know you!

  10. Thank you for writing a bloody awesome blog, I like coming here

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