Autumn Of Our Life

Like nature, our life is also divided into separate seasons.  Autumn is a time in our life where we have earned a time to relax and enjoy the benefits of our labor.  We should be settled into our career, even successful in life.  It is Autumn and we embrace the twilight of our time here, the time just before the Winter, a kind of twilight moment between seasons

Autumn is the time we have planned for, a time we spend together doing the things we have put aside in the quest to build our life, to put things in place so that more of what we do we do together.  It is a time for family, grandchildren and doing the things that are important to us.  It is a time that we are able to give back for all we have received.

Our time together is now cherished, a time to make our memories and to live the life we promised that one day we would have.  Having morning coffee in the garden or breakfast in a café, this time has more meaning, more passion, and deeper emotion because it is our time.  We laugh together more and hold hands more.  There is slowness in our step; unhurried as if our Autumn is a time without end.

We have rushed through our time within the cycle of our life like time in fast forward.  Winter becomes Spring, Spring becomes Autumn, Autumn becomes Winter and the cycle starts again even though it seems like moments since we walked in the snow.  It will soon be Winter again.  We embraced this cycle and built a life to come, a future that is now here.

The Autumn morning has a chill in the air.  We walk together down a backwoods dirt road in our sweaters, jackets, and boots.  Our dogs are sniffing, chasing birds playing with each other and running down the road barking.  The colored leaves crunch under our boots and the forest is a pallet of color.  This is our success in life, this moment walking down a dirt road.  It is the pause after a life of business, driving ourselves to be better and to do better.  It is that moment of twilight just before the dawn when you know in the next moment you will see amazingly breathtaking beauty.

Point Of View:

We start life as children full of learning and imagination and we progress through school, work, and careers.  We work hard and devote ourselves to creating a life yet to come, a life that we dream about.  We often call life a journey and that brings to mind many places and things over a long time.  While I realize that we certainly have cherished memories along the way, the Autumn, when we have time just for the things that we love, is but a brief moment.  The time it takes to walk down a dirt road.

We should find those Autumn moments in each day and find those moments to walk in the Autumn leaves.  We should hold hands, smile more, laugh more and love more.


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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  1. Beautifully presented Larry, and it is so true that in the autumn of our lives we should also introspect and be filled with much gratitude.

    I love autumn because it ushers in a feast for the senses, with beautiful scenery, rich scents and changing weather patterns. This time of the year is also ripe with wisdom and gives us an opportunity to radiate our own beauty and creativity to the world. As we contemplate on the changing beauty of nature and notice the trees willingly and naturally shed their leaves after putting on a radiant fall show of colors – is there anything in our life that’s ready to be released? We should enjoy the brilliance of all that has ripened and come to fruition, but be willing to let go; it will pave the way for new beginnings.

    The autumn equinox signals equal amounts of night and day, serving as a reminder to find balance in our own lives. We should learn to enjoy the blessings of the season, but also remember to plan for the future. Autumn is a study in contrasts, and the result is a rich, multi-sensory experience.

    Thank you Larry, for reminding us of the beauty of Autumn.

  2. The autumn of life is a fruitful period, in which inner and outer balance is balanced, where experience wants to express itself for others, where the human being gathers in itself expression and presence. The man and the woman aware of this, in their autumnal age become teachers, also teachers of life for those who, younger, want to listen to them. The maturity of this phase does not ask for clamor. A season like this can only bring us closer to others and to ourselves, make us aware of what really matters in life, and encourage us to be grateful for all this.

  3. When you’re born, you’re born into a world of rules. Rules for play. Rules for school. Rules for life. When you get older, there is this untold rule that you must act as adult. Too many take that last rule way too seriously. Many realize this during their Autumn and decide to jump into a pile of leaves.

  4. A remarkable kaleidoscope of journey through life that only a skillful thinker like Larry could have created! Thank You, my Dear Friend Larry, for this amazingly powerful narration in such a selective format, in tune with Mother Nature!