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Finding The Quiet

A Way Of Being

I walk slowly down the road leaving footprints in the dew, making my way into the day with soft steps.  The morning brings many sounds, the birds singing, the distant train whistleblowing, haunting and sad.  A whippoorwill calls and I hear the sound of deer passing on the trail.  I listen more than I speak and seek to move through the day quietly, almost invisible.  I embrace the quiet in all I do, finding the calm in my way of being.

I must find the quiet in all I do, stress and anxiety are waiting for me on a road I passed long ago.

They have a long and lonesome wait as I rest within my garden in the shade of an oak feeling calm and quiet.  It is a place where the water is cool, the forest deep and green.  I have found many friends in this place and friendship and laughter are abundant and free-flowing.  The garden is filled with flowers of many colors and they feel the quiet when friends visit them.  The colors become bold and vibrant.

The shadows are long, and I have traveled far today.  The sun will gift the day with a collage of colors and the dark will quietly say goodnight to the sun, bringing the stars to fill the night sky.  The quiet is the strongest during the night.  It is a time where writers use strong ink to tell bold, beautiful, and tender stories.  The artist places a blank canvas on an easel and paints the colors of passion, mystery, sadness, and joy filling the canvas with life, love, and living.  The musician will sing sad songs, hitting notes so tender you will hurt within your heart hoping the chords will change, and slowly you will hear the tender notes filled with love and healing.

Soon the night will bring the silence and awaken our dreams.  We will visit our memories and journey to new dreams and places we have never seen.  We can dream within the quiet and fill our hearts for the coming day.  A day where we walk softly, listen more than we speak, and walk down the road a few more miles than yesterday.

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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