The Book Of Life

–About Life, Love, And Living

It has been a long day with too many long patches of dirt road.  It is time to close the book and call it a day.  I will brush off the dust from the road and put it in my bookcase under old memories.  I may come back and take it off the shelf at another time, a time when I need to remember this day.

I turn out the light, close the door, and walk away.  The night awaits my dreams, my hopes, my fears, and maybe even a story will find me so that it may come to life and be told.  For now, I will drive a little farther down the old dirt road.  I will find a place by the river, an old log, and sit quietly watching the stars with my dog…

Until the dawn awakens the new day I will sit with my old dog and embrace the night, awaken the dreams and listen for the stories untold.  In truth, our dreams live in the shadows of the night always nearby.  Sometimes they are quiet, yet often they are like a storm rumbling through the night taking us with them on the wind and rain until they too become another book to place on the bookshelf under dreams.

Often, we walk the night alone, for the dreams are ours alone, the untold stories ours to tell, and the memories live alone.  Sometimes they are forgotten and as time passes, they fade away, lost from our reach, yet some memories will whisper to us until we hear them.

It is up to us to give the memories life, new beginnings, and boundless possibilities. Only we can put pen to paper writing those whispered memories so that others will know and remember the stories that belong only to them.

I look up at the book still on the bookcase, warm from my touch and I know that within it there are empty pages waiting to be filled.  It has been said that the Book Of Life has many chapters and tonight I will walk the night and follow the whispers, the stories, and the memories.

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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.