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The Open Door

The door is not a new door that opens to bold adventures and endless possibilities.  It is a door that you might not really notice.  It is kind of hidden and the path to this door is really known just to me.  While I have shared many memories from what is behind the door, they are in truth there for me to remember.

The memories are what I have learned, what I regretted, and what I have cherished.  Some are dusty and I do not visit them often, yet some are like a favorite fishing hole that you visit often, a place filled with joy and laughter. The door is always closed but never locked.  It is always there even when I do not find time to visit.

Life is perhaps a balance of the new memories and old memories.  Life is what we have between memories and the things yet to come.

As a child, the door was always open and the new memories, knowledge, and experience filled the room at a breathtaking pace.  This part of life, the twilight years, they seem to be a quiet place where I live more in the moment, time slows down and you become very aware of what life really is, what is really important to know and to feel.

There comes a time when you need to live in those moments, maybe we need fewer lessons on chasing success and more time learning to enjoy life.  Maybe there is another door that we always see in the distance filled with light that awaits our return.

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.

1 COMMENT

  1. Oh, I love this essay-eloquent in its simplicity. Yes. Let’s savor each moment of being alive. I’m all in. The chase feels fear based. The enjoying and savoring-love based. Thank you for this comfort for the part of me that still feels so driven (running, chasing her tail). :)

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