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
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
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
"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,laugh more, cry less. Life must
be lived as we go along.
The STATION will come soon enough.
by Robert J. Hastings
Life is a journey, enjoy the ride !
Life is but a stopping place,
A pause in what`s to be,
A resting place along the road,
to sweet eternity.
We all have different journeys,
Different paths along the way,
We all were meant to learn some things,
but never meant to stay...
Our destination is a place,
Far greater than we know.
For some the journey`s quicker,
For some the journey`s slow.
And when the journey finally ends,
We`ll claim a great reward,
And find an everlasting peace,
Together with the lord.