An Abundant Life

–About Life Love And Living

It seems that I have always walked off the beaten path preferring the unknown and the unexplored places.  I would take a dirt road before a highway, a trail more often than a dirt road with a path being the most desirable. I am not in need of much just my dog and me sitting by the river watching the water flow by.

I have always preferred a truck over a Mercedes and cowboy boots over wingtips.   Of friends, I do not have many friends but the ones I do have are lifelong and still here, still caring and doing for each other.  My best friend is Buddy a tan and red hound dog; a better friend is not to be found.

Some people ask me why I talk to Buddy, after all he is a dog.  I just smile, Buddy snorts and I say I guess you just never listen to what Buddy has to say.  I always have fancied myself a writer and yet I write less now and live my life more. Some of my friends used to call me outlaw but now most call me a poet and I guess I will take that, after all, I have been called much worse.

My advice would be, don’t ask me for advice I have none to spare, but you are welcome to come sit with me by the river and we’ll figure something out, maybe find a few answers or maybe just catch a few fish.  Let us walk a bit farther down the dirt road just because we can.  If you see me walking alone do not confuse my being alone with being lonely.

Buddy and I always take the long way home its just what we do.  Buddy is still laughing because my friend still thinks Buddy can’t talk.  Someday he will learn to listen.  It is a quiet time of life when the important things are hearing a train whistle blowing in the distance, a haunting and often sad sound, the songs of birds in the morning, and the sound of the wind blowing through the trees as the sun sets at the end of the day.

Some call it a simple life but I call it an abundant life.


Larry Tyler
Larry Tyler
Awaken the possibilities … then unleash them. After 55 years of successful retail management, I have returned to my passion of writing. I write Poetry, Storytelling, and Short Stories. As a child, I grew up on front porch storytelling. I would sit and listen to my Dad and his brothers tell these great stories that were captivating, and I always wanted to hear more. I wanted to experience the things they talked about. I started writing at a young age and reading everything I could get my hands on. At twelve years old I started a storytelling group and several of my friends became writers or poets. At 16 I hopped box cars and worked the tobacco fields, orange groves, picked cotton, and spent many nights around a campfire listing to life stories. Someone once asked me why I wrote. It consumes an amazing amount of time and I assure you it is not going to make me rich. I write so that my children can touch and feel my words telling of the ones that came before us and the stories they told me. These are the chronicles of our family and even though they come from my childhood memories and are deeply rooted in a child’s remembrance at least they may feel what it was like in the time before them and cherish the things the elders left behind. I am a Columnist & Featured Contributor, BIZCATALYST360 and I have The Writers Café, a group on LinkedIn that features Poets, Writers, Artists, Photographers, and Musicians . On Facebook I have two groups and one page; Dirt Road Storytelling, From Abandoned To Rescue Dogs And Cats, and About Life, Love And Living. As writers, it is true that we honestly do not know what we hold within us until we unleash it. When our words inspire others only then will inspiration return to the writer. I will spend my twilight years in search of the next story, the next poem, and the next image. I will take the time to enjoy my Wife, our Dogs, and Cats, and our amazing new home and I will always find the time to walk down a dirt road I truly hope is that I never have to read another book on Leadership, be on a conference call or see another plan o gram as these were the tool for what I did in life and not about who I am.

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