Just so you all know, I did research this morning to find who wrote this lovey piece, and found there are many, many poems, essays, and similar pieces written about trains. I found the one that follows once during my attempt to find the author, but it was not attributed to a specific individual. I always like to give credit to the original author, and certainly would here, if I could. Whoever you are, this piece is so lovely I have to share; I hope you don't mind and that you appreciate I am doing so.
I got this from a dear, almost lifelong friend in my e-mail yesterday.
The Train of Life
To my family and friendsLife is like a journey on a train... with its stations... with changes of routes... and with accidents!At birth we boarded the train and met our parents. And we believe they will always travel with us.However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone.
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 our life. Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we don't realize that 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 the 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 a joyful journey on the train of life. Reap success and give lots of love.More importantly, thank God for the journey!
Lastly, I thank you for being one of the passengers on my train!