Understanding Life

I saw a Facebook Post from Smile at Me about a saying attributed to Buddha that I’m going to paraphrase:

‘When one likes a flower they may pick it. When one loves a flower, they let it grow and water it. One who knows the difference between like and love understands life.’

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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12 Responses to Understanding Life


    I have heard variations of this quote.  It is easy to understand as a gardener, I love the flowers in my yard and hardly ever pick them, just for special friends.  I am writing for a special request of prayer for one of my longest and dearest friend whom you met when I came to Campbell.  Her name is Linda Wollin and she was thrilled with meeting you, and your books that she has re-read several times since.  Tuesday this week, she was out for her morning walk around the Sunnyvale community center and was hit by a car.  The driver was texting.  She is at Standford medical center in critical condition, but getting better.I am calling all angels to include her in your prayers.  Gratefully received.Love Heatherlee

    • russtowne says:

      I’m deeply saddened by your news Heatherlee. Thank you for letting me know. I have fond memories of Linda and the delightful time the three of us had together. She is in my prayers. May Linda heal well and quickly and achieve the best possible outcome. My best wishes and healing thoughts are headed her way. Is there anything either of you
      With Love,

  2. utesmile says:

    Thank you Russ for posting this, It is a good way to show what love is. Reading the comment above, Linda is in my prayers too, how awful. May your stories help her recovery.

  3. A level of understanding and intelligence we could all benefit from Russ. Thank you!

  4. Dennis Madden says:

    Hi Russ,

    Every time I read one of you posts it makes me stop and think. I love that! Thank you for being the person you are!


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