The Pulse Of The Night

It seems that many creative people come alive at three a.m.  That is when the mind is the most clear and words and images float like dreams all around you.  You grab the leash and together you drive south leaving the city to run in the nearby forest.  You and your dog set a pace that challenges your body and mind.  You both feel a primal pulse in the dark forest as you run toward the coming dawn where you will slow to a walk anxiously awaiting the first rays of the morning sun.

There is nothing that feels as powerful as the deep woods when the dawn breaks.  It is like the whole forest inhales a deep breath.  The pulse of the night gone until the night falls again.  

This is where we find our true self, this quiet time when we walk beneath the tall trees.  It is here where we find our true peace and where we feel most at home; yet, we long each day for the pulse that only comes at night.

Your feet tread the soft leaf-covered path; the sound is unobtrusive, a shuffling muted sound.  There is no hurry and the steps are measured with moments of stillness, so we hear the earth sounds, the rumbling of its journey through the vast universe.  You can hear the beating of your heart letting you know you are alive and part of life.  Your mind and body at their peak waiting to embrace the new day.  You spend this time each night for yourself and your dog.  It is expected now, and he waits by the door each morning leash in his mouth.  He brings you closer to nature, the pulse and the wild.  This time awakens your primal being.  For this morning you are part of the pack roaming and living in the moment free from the pull of the city.  You can feel the gentle but consistent pulse of the night wanting you to come back from the streetlights, the noise, and hint of danger and mystery.

The city beckons us away from the forest calling us to embrace the night, dance to the pounding beats of the late nightclubs and ride in the long black limousines.  The city at night is vibrant, and we can feel its enticement coursing through our veins.  Our heart beats faster and fills us with excitement.  I would warn you that the city nights are fleeting like the mist on a morning lake, enchanting, full of promises whispered into our ears of things that might be yours to embrace.  In truth, it is the dark side of us calling us to explore its mysteries.

The city awaits us, knowing we will come back, knowing we must forsake the forest for it is only a place you visit.  You live in the city where the glass towers reach toward the heavens.  The noise of the streets, the energy, and raw power attract you here making you want to stay, making you feast on the energy and promise of power.  Looking out the window of your office high in the sky you can see the forest in the distance, calling to you, promising a different power, one that replenishes the soul rather than takes from the soul. I say be patient for soon you will return and walk among the tall trees and feel the pulse of the night.

Point Of View

Life seems to be a duality of our spiritual self and our material self.  Both hold rewards and indeed are truly like day and night.  We build our true self by doing the things that awaken us deep inside.  It reveals our kindness and compassion.  Its actions are giving back and selflessly helping others along the journey.  It benefits us with calm and peaceful attributes and helps us engage life with these tools.

In our business life, we can use these tools to help us be better at what we do.  It is good to succeed in life, yet we must be cautious of the dark side.  It will reward us with power, greed and selfishly stealing our true self and leaving us cold and unfulfilled.  People will remember us for what we gave back to life and not by what we took.


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. It is interesting that you bring out that many creative people come alive at 3:00 am. Somewhere that is hours past midnight is when and only then that I can write. You are very perceptive about life. There is also (at least to me there is) a magnetic field to your writing that pulls you in. The last paragraph in your article was ripe with the truths a lot of people do not realize or think of.

  2. Larry, you are always on time with extraordinary considerations about life and the people who make us think.
    I did it, and tried to summarize my point of view as well (even if the proposed topic would require far more profound considerations)

    What we pay attention to, and the way we do it, determines the content and quality of our lives. Based on my experience, people, in fact, will forget what you said, they will not remember what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

    • Success can be addictive yet success is not happiness. Happiness is when you see life with your soul

  3. Oh, I love this piece so very much, Larry! I feel such gratitude to be living full time on the side of a mountain in a tree house in the woods. My true self gets nourished on the daily! No longer very much interested in taking-just giving generously to life itself. Thank you for this wonderful reminder to live from the true self each day of our lives.