–About Life, Love And Living

I often wonder why it is when I see the sunrise that I am filled with hope.  We don’t seem to talk about hope much anymore.  It feels less than faith but more than just okay.  When Daddy would take that moment on the front porch to watch the sunrise he would always say let’s hope for a good day. I would think that I hoped the workday would go by fast.  It feels like hope can mean many things.  When things went south, he would say let’s hope for the best or let’s be hopeful.

Hope seems to be wellbeing with a desire for certain things to happen.  Later in life hope became almost spiritual for me.  When my Mom was sick, I would always hope each time that I went to see her that she would be better.  As she got sicker my expectations changed, and I hoped she was not in pain.  When she passed, I hoped that she went to a better place.  Today I would hope that the world calms down and kindness would be more valuable than hatred and violence, that we would go back to caring and being a good neighbor.

But for this moment as the sun rises above the horizon; perhaps, I will embrace this moment and just be thankful.

Larry Tyler
Larry Tyler
I have 40 years of Retail Management experience. I am the person they send in to fix things. Call it a Store Focus Specialist, a Smoke Jumper, an Outlaw. I can work within the system or go outside the box when needed. I love walking into chaos and bringing order. I am not a key word person and my education came from mentors not schools. I believe that everything that we do starts with hiring the right people. Driving sales, merchandising, customer service and metrics are just keywords until you hire the right people. My top talents are Recruiting, hiring, training, associate development, and going into a focus store and turning it around. Most importantly I believe in people and that if you teach them, develop them and believe in them they will do far more than they thought possible.


  1. We cannot lose the unique thing that keeps us alive: hope.
    Despair, the absence of hope, is the inability to see ahead to a future that is worth to meet. Hope means just believe in a future of joy promised, is like receiving an advance of that joy and wanting to continue to get its fullness. It should be possible to leverage its own resources, and to find other ways to tell his own story to oneself, enlarging it, finding explanations and alternative viewpoints. If I change my story, I will change myself and also my vision of the future, and I can make room for hope.
    I understand it’s not always easy to do it … but one can try!!

  2. I love this, Larry. Hope is one of my words that I carry with me always. Your short reflection is touching, and it hits close to home, especially the part about your mom. When my mom was sick, I would hope for better days for her also. Then, when she passed away unexpectedly, I hoped that she was in a better place and that my grief would eventually lessen.

    I believe that some of our chosen words take on new meaning during the different phases of our lives. A couple of years ago, I decided to choose a word for the year. My first one was “faith.” I had seen a sign at the post office that said: “Take what you need.” Below it, there was several words. I immediately tore off “faith.” I still have that tiny slip of paper.



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