Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Station

Today I'm sharing something that holds dear to my heart.
It's a good way to start my first post for 2010!!
It was about 20 years ago,
when we were sitting around our large kitchen table.
We were listening to a friend's story.

Suddenly, I asked him,
"What keeps you going?'
I have never forgotten his answer.
He shared a poem with us,
that I have treasured in my heart for years.
I've copied it, photo-copied it and shared it with many.

While traveling inl Europe this spring via rail,
I was often reminded of this special meme as we sped along the open fields.

The Station
Robert J. Hastings

TUCKED AWAY in our subconscious minds is an idyllic vision in which we see ourselves on a long journey that spans an entire continent. We're traveling by train and, from the windows, we drink in the passing scenes of cars on nearby highways, of children waving at crossings, of cattle grazing in distant pastures, of smoke pouring from power plants, of row upon row, upon row of cotton and corn and wheat, of flat lands and valleys, of city skylines and village halls.

But uppermost in our conscious minds is our final destination---for at a certain hour and on a given day, our train will finally pull into the Station with bells ringing, flags waving, and bands playing. And once that day comes, so many wonderful dreams will come true. So restlessly, we pace the aisles and count the miles, peering ahead, waiting, waiting, waiting for the Station.
"Yes, when we reach the Station, that will be it!" we promise ourselves. "When we're eighteen....win that big promotion....put the last kid through college...buy one more barn, buy that 450SL Mercedes-Benz...have a nest egg for retirement!' From that day on we will all live happily ever after.

Sooner or later, however, we must realize there is no Station in this life, no one earthly place to arrive at once and for all. The journey is the joy. The Station is an illusion...it constantly outdistances us. Yesterday's a memory, tomorrow's a dream. Yesterday belongs to a history, tomorrow belongs to God. Yesterday's a fading sunset, tomorrow's a faint sunrise. Only today is there light enough to love and live.
So, gently close the door on yesterday and throw the key away. It is not the burdens of today that drive men mad, but rather the regret over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow. Regret and fear are twin thieves who would rob us of today. "Relish the moment" is a good motto, especially when coupled with Psalm 118:24, "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."

So stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles. Instead, swim more rivers, climb more mountains, kiss more babies, count more stars. Laugh more and cry less. Go barefoot oftener. Eat more ice cream. Ride more merry-go-rounds. Watch more sunsets. Life must be lived as we go along. The Station will come soon enough.

Don't concentrate on what you have lost --- Concentrate on what you have left and the Station will come soon enough.

8 comments:

  1. It really is the End goal that we must focus on isn't it?
    The poem is perfect for realigning our thinking for the coming year. The train ride looked like a lot of fun too.

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  2. What a great thing to read filled with hope! I like it....

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  3. Good advice. It is sad that we sometimes wish our lives away waiting for things, instead of enjoying the journey.

    We sure enjoyed the Olympics when they were here. I envy you now!
    JoAnn

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  4. Thank you for sharing this ~ this is a keeper and I had never heard it before. The words ring true. And I do love your new photo on your header - perfect for this time of year!

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  5. Lovely analogy and worth hanging on to...I especially see the "eat more ice-cream" has been taken to heart. It is evident that you live by the motto of enjoying the journey and we are fortunate to be able to share in that. Many thanks.

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  6. I really liked this poem Marg. It is so true we often miss what is right under our noses by looking far into the future. It is the here and now we have to pay attention to and enjoy!

    PS Aren't the trains in Europe wonderful? We traveled all over Italy by train...and much of Ireland.

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  7. I like that...and think I will print off a copy! Let's enjoy the journey...with the station in mind.

    The ice-cream...was that for everyone on the train to share? Smile.

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  8. I do wish there were more trains to ride around here! I'm a firm believer in enjoying each day of life's journey, while keeping the ultimate destination in mind. Otherwise I would be constantly hopping off the train to explore each station...actually that doesn't sound like too bad of an idea either.

    Maybe it is all for the best there aren't more trains here...I might just become a train riding hobo!

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