Time Well Spent

How do we invest in time? Time seems to be a cycle of the past, the present, and the future. Time is a cycle of learning, education, mistakes, knowledge, and finally wisdom.

The past is the place of our childhood, a time of learning. It is when we take our first steps, say our first words and hear our first stories. It is a time to gather knowledge, to acquire skill sets and to realize others are there to guide us, to protect us and to send us to make our way in the world. The past is where we invest in our tomorrows and acquire the tools that will help us progress upon our journey of experiences. Lastly, it is where we keep our memories.

The present is dynamic and full of energy. It is a time of actively engaging in our creation. The present is actually a pause, a moment between all of our past experiences, our history and the realization of defined passions and inspiration. It is a moment of pause before we spend our investment in time. It is what we have saved up for putting away a little bit each moment of each day.

The future is where we spend our investment of time. It is a time of fearlessness where we step into the void trusting that we will safely land on solid ground. It is where we go forward with confidence, learned knowledge, earned wisdom and feel the excitement of our adventure. It is a place where we realize our love and passion for what we do.

The future embraces all of what we were, all of what we are now and what we can be. It empowers us to bring about a better day and an even better tomorrow.

Point Of View

While I will always cherish my early life on the old dirt road, it is a place I left behind to guard my memories. I often go back if only to remember. I would not trade the innocents of my childhood for the responsibility of what I do today to make a difference in someone’s life or the joy of watching a dog find a forever home. I would not walk away from my ability to pay it forward and to give from what was given to me.

If each of us would do one small thing each day to lift someone up or a random act of kindness, it would be like rain on a still water lake. It would send ripples across life.

“Time associates itself with the greatest of beings, those who value it and those who know its value.”

–Hermann J. Steinherr


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. We all have the opportunity to play the role of lead in our life, to be points of reference for those close to us, to set an example or to be able to influence others, advise them, guide them to give them a way to grow better and make their own path. And having this opportunity is a gift, because we can really contribute to the lives of others if we learn how to take on this responsibility.
    Kindness is the first characteristic. This simple consideration is enough: who are we following: arrogant and presumptuous, rude and aggressive people, or those who show us delicacy, respect, love through gestures and kind words?
    Being kind is essential, because we can kindly correct, teach, reflect, even criticize without ever hurting others, without making them feel inferior, but rather transforming each of these opportunities into the opportunity for growth that we all desire.

  2. I love your introspection here Larry. For me, past/present/future are all at once…and we are but a blip in time. I envision a threading of them together on the same “wavelength”, each individually contributing to the whole. I am standing on the threshold of a new dawn each day….lessons learned, opportunities ahead and deepening awareness. I appreciate your gentle spirit and heartfelt compassion for others, and agree with your suggestion of random acts of kindness & uplifting others. Cheers!

    • I love your thought that they are one a thread linking them. Great insight thank you so much for adding value to my words with your thoughts.

  3. I think time well spent really depends on who you spent time with and how that effect can multiply through human relationships. We need time to be effective. We need time to rest. I need to work more on that latter one.

    • Thank you Chris for your input. I think I need to work on the latter one also. I am involved in a lot of things and sometimes I do get tired

  4. Leadership and time have an interesting relationship. There is research that suggests that the farther out we can plan our future has a relationship with the level of leadership success. The longer the horizon, the more likely you will be in the upper leadership ranks.