The Station By Robert J Hastings

 Wanted to write my own story but this says what I wanted to say .. but so much better :)

 

"The Station"

Tucked away in our subconscious is an idyllic vision.
We are traveling by train, out the windows,
we drink in the passing scenes of children
waving at a crossing,
cattle grazing on a distant hillside,
row upon row of corn and wheat,
flatlands and valleys,
mountains and rolling hillsides
and city skylines.

But uppermost in our minds is the final destination.
On a certain day, we will pull into the station.
Bands will be playing and flags waving.
Once we get there, our dreams will come true
and the pieces of our lives
will fit together like a completed jigsaw puzzle.
Restlessly we pace the aisles,
damning the minutes - waiting,
waiting, waiting for the station.

"When we reach the station, that will be it!"
We cry. "When I'm 18." "When I buy a new 450sl Mercedes Benz!"
"When I put the last kid through college."
"When I have paid off the mortgage!"
"When I get a promotion." "When I reach retirement,
I shall live happily ever after!"

Sooner or later, we realize there is no station,
no one place to arrive.
The true joy of life is the trip.
The station is only a dream.
It constantly outdistances us.
"Relish the moment" is a good motto.
It isn't the burdens of today that drive men mad.
It is the regrets over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow.
Regret and fear are twin thieves who rob us of today.
Regret is reality, after the facts.


So stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles.

Instead, climb more mountains, eat more ice cream,


go barefoot more often,
swim more rivers, watch more sunsets,Sunsetlaugh more, cry less.
Life must be lived as we go along.


The STATION will come soon enough.

Train Sign

by Robert J. Hastings

Orangetas Orangetas
51-55, F
13 Responses Nov 8, 2009

True talk

Lovely words....

thanks for sharing - live the present moment

All my life I have been waiting... Possibly the saddest words ever.<br />
Time to LIVE.

Such optimistic words - just what I need right now, thanks for sharing.

Hi Lena , thank you, I need to read this again

Yes, me too :)

It isn't the burdens of today that drive men mad. <br />
It is the regrets over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow. <br />
<br />
Find this absolutely true. <br />
<br />
Thanks for sharing

Hmm, looks like I've been making the mistake of trying to "arrive" when I should just be enjoying the journey. Very startling reminder...thanks for sharing tasmin.

wow that was very deep and it came at a time when i needed a reminder to smile so for that i thank you.<br />
heidi

wow that was very deep and it came at a time when i needed a reminder to smile so for that i thank you.<br />
heidi

Bears worth repeating:)

I am always looking ahead when can always only be now .. ;)

This kinda says it all. And when the sun is shining, let the warmth in and enjoy it! :D