This post explains so much about how I felt before I began following my passions and how I felt afterward. I believe there is much wisdom in this post from Dr. Bill Wooten.

With Love,


Dr Bill Wooten

You know that the antidote to exhaustion is not necessarily rest?

“The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness”

“You are so tire through and through because a good half of what
you do here in this organization has nothing to do with your true
powers, or the place you have reached in your life. You are only
half here, and half here will kill you after a while. You need
something to which you can give your full powers. You know what that
is; I don’t have to tell you.”

You must do something heartfelt, and you must do it soon. Let go
of all this effort, and let yourself down, however awkwardly,
into the waters of the work you want for yourself.

~ David Whyte quoting David Stein-Well in the book Crossing the Unknown Sea

Exhaustion What happens when you combine completing your last semester of full time university with a…

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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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7 Responses to Exhaustion

  1. Dennis says:

    You are so right, Russ. When I’m exited about a project I can go all day. It’s only 8:30 right now and I’m about to fall asleep!

    • russtowne says:

      LOL! I hear you, Dennis. I used to have big chunks of my work day where I’d “hit a wall” and my energy and productivity levels would drop like crazy. Now when I’m on a roll I sometimes end up working (playing actually!) all night and am surprised to see the sun begin to rise outside my window and belatedly remember that I hadn’t gone to bed!

  2. Mrs. P says:

    Wow…so true. When I am doing something I enjoy, I am like the energizer bunny, never needing a recharge.

    How do you put an image of your book onto your blog…I want to do that on my blog.

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you for your comment, Mrs. P. Sadly, I’m perhaps the least qualified person on the planet to ask about how put an image of my book on a blog. I’ve spent several very frustrating hours trying to do so, and once even somehow accidentally tripped upon the the way to do it and started putting some on, but then got interrupted and my brain and notes were so fuzzy by then that when I went back to add some more I never found the recipe again. A couple of bloggers very kindly gave step by step written instructions to me. I eventually was able to get one set of the instructions to yield more success briefly for me, but again have lost the recipe. The last time around I just paid an intern to add more for me, and I still probably have several more books out for which none of my blogs have images showing. :-C!!

      • Mrs. P says:

        Oh my, I am sorry…your response made me laugh because I do just that, more often than I care to admit. One of the reasons it took so long to get the book out had a lot to do with the same sort of scenario with your notes. I’m sure I’ll stumble across someone to help me. To be honest, I’m just tickled to be published, everything else that happens is just gravy.

        • russtowne says:

          Oh, sure, laugh at my pain! ;-D! KIDDING! I hope you have better luck than I did at loading the book images. I’m trying several experiments in the next couple of weeks designed to potentially substantially increase visibility of my books. If they work and appear to be cost- and time-effective while increasing sales I’ll be happy to share with you what worked. You’re welcome to ping me in a couple of weeks.

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