The Narrow Path

We are born into the world as a blank canvas filled with infinite possibility.  We can paint or design our life without any limitations or obstacles.  The path is wide and we must explore and discover the many things that will shape who we are and what we become.

Somehow, we find ourselves on the narrow path, either by our own choices, or maybe, it is just the way life has lined up.  The path is worn deep and seems to go uphill as far as we can see.

It seems that with each decision we have made the path got deeper and the path behind us has grown over so that we can’t go back and redo what we have done or even make another decision.  We are stuck on this path with very limited options to choose from.  It is not a dead end, rather the path becomes ever so narrow.

Perhaps the path seems narrow because we are always looking down trying to stay focused on the path we have chosen.  With each step taken we pass a better option or better path, yet we have tunnel vision and keep walking.  In the distance, it seems that the path narrows even more and becomes unpassable.  We become stuck with the choices we have made.  It truly becomes a dead end, a place that just ends, a path no more.  We have what we have and no more, yet in the shadows between the lights we see hope and beyond the shadows, the light becomes brighter.

Point Of View

Sometimes we get stuck on the narrow path, lose hope and just put our head down and accept that this may be our life.  Some of us never lose hope and we look for the light between the shadows.  The difference is we believe that things will change, and we look for ways to make it happen.  We never have to accept or settle for less than what we can be.  We can have hope and know that life has provided us with all we need to walk a wide path filled with opportunity and possibilities.  We own how we engage life along with the choices we make.  We must look up from the narrow path and walk toward the light.


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. I love this Larry… to lift our heads up and look for the “ light between the shadows”.
    You sum it up in your concluding statement…
    “We can have hope and know that life has provided us with all we need to walk a wide path filled with opportunity and possibilities. We own how we engage life along with the choices we make. We must look up from the narrow path and walk toward the light.”
    Hope is the ingredient needed for owning what we chose! Hope is the light switch!
    Thank you!