Fear, Sour Grapes, Shrinking, & Growing

I’ve too often let fear keep me from doing things I’ve wanted to do. Or perhaps I just just didn’t want to do those things badly enough (though that sounds a bit like “sour grapes” rationalizing to me.)

In more recent years, as my time remaining on this earthly plane continues to shrink, I have grown, and have won my fight with fear far more often than it has conquered me.

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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12 Responses to Fear, Sour Grapes, Shrinking, & Growing

  1. Mrs. P says:

    Fantastic…me too!

  2. I have become braver the older I get

  3. ksbeth says:

    that is so great –

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, Beth. I hope my children and grandchildren learn from my mistakes and at much younger ages than I are able to find the courage to keep fear from holding them back in life.

  4. I still struggle with it but I think that’s good. It’s when I stop struggling that I lose. 🙂

    • russtowne says:

      That’s an interesting perspective, Colleen. On the one hand I can see how fear could win if one gives up the struggle, but there’s a part of me that remembers hearing something about struggle being a symptom of not being fully in alignment with our purpose or passion. Your comment has inspired me to give the matter more thought. Thank you for the gift.

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