It saddens me to see many play silent roles, bit parts, and cameos in the movies of their lives; treating life as a dress rehearsal. Many choose victim roles rather than risk being the heroes they can be. Some follow scripts written by others rather than listening to the whispers in their own heart. Such movie plots often end in drama and tragedy.

I know too well about such things because I wasted much of my life in such roles.

But now, in the movie of my life I’ve been blessed by so many great supporting actors that I can’t help but feel like a star.

With Love,


About russtowne

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. 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 the beauty of kindness and nature.
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13 Responses to Roles


    Great post and beautifully written.

    One of my many quotes;

    “Life is a stage so give it your best performance. ” @Emma Ortega Negrete

    Continued blessings, Emma

  2. misifusa says:

    You are a star Russ! ♥

  3. ksbeth says:

    and you’ve earned a star on the walk of fame )

  4. utesmile says:

    Because you are a star Russ!

  5. Sometimes we get better at our roles if we practice more!! 😉

  6. Mrs. P says:

    What a nice way to start the day! I think that your words are true for me as well. You, especially have helped to make my “star” shine bright and I am happy to have a friend like you in my life!

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