The North Star

–About Life, Love And Living

Today is your birthday a time to celebrate life, to be loved and get on with living.  It is a day that speaks of the future and of what may be.  It is a time when we consider who we are and who we want to be.

Today you are not here, there is no cake with candles lite no songs rejoicing another year.  I have no presents wrapped in bright paper to give you.  I can only give you my memories and hope you will live within them as I share your stories with others.  Stories of a man who shaped my life and gave me the tools to live my life with confidence so that I would know how to find my path.

Your life and how you lived became my North Star, always there, always quiet, yet shining with a brilliance that illuminates the night sky.  It is always there in the distance guiding my way and ensuring that I would never get lost or lose my way.

Your lessons of life were gentle in your teachings, a nudge, a whisper, a quiet voice filled with wisdom and knowledge.  Your strength gave me my strength, your kindness taught me to be kind and your love of family was the foundation that shaped who I am today.

Today my family and I are on the cusp of a new life and I will live it comforted by the life you gave me; yet, I walk toward the future boldly following the North Star.  I will follow it true north knowing that no matter how far I travel I will find my way home.

Some say the night sky is filled with stars that twinkle and are tears that angels cry.  Others say they are holes in heaven where our loved ones can see us.  I rejoice in their brilliance; yet, I know that you always were, and you always will be my North Star giving me direction on my new journey in life.


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. Larry, your North Star is burning brightly illuminating a path all of us to see and walk down. Your birthday signifies another year of life has been completed with promises of a new year to come. You will be our guide through the journeys in life we now embark on. While I have said this before I continue to hold to the FACT you are a Picasso with words.