Periodically I am moved by a poem or quote that I have read or received. If you follow me, you know that one of those poems is by Rudyard Kipling “If.” Recently one of my dear friends, my United States Air Force buddy sent me this.
The Train of Life
At birth, we board the train and meet our parents, and we believe they will always travel by our side.
As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life.
However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone.
Others will step down over time and leave a permanent vacuum.
Some, however, will go so unnoticed that we don’t realize they vacated their seats.
This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells.
Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers requiring that we give the best of ourselves.
The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down.
So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are.
It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty, we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.
I wish you all a joyful journey. -Unknown
Pause and Reflect
Likely you are as moved by this as I am. I stopped to consider just how true and frankly “spot on” this is; whomever the author is he/she is incredibly wise!
- How has your journey evolved? Are you on the right “train;” on the right “track?”
- Are the right people traveling with you on this journey? Do they know how much they have impacted your life?
- Has someone stepped off that needs your forgiveness and an invite to retake their seat on your train?
It’s a New Year
Start your new year off right; by getting right with yourself first. Share this with your kids, bless them with a hug and tell them how happy you are they are on your train!
Then, think about all the rest of the seats on your train, who’s with you on your journey of life?
Happy New Year!