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Monday, August 7, 2017

(5) THE TRAIN

     I received this message from a friend whose granddaughter Olivia has been dangerously ill for weeks. She has at last begun to show signs of recovery.
   When we boarded the train and met our parents, we believed they would always travel by our side.  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 your life. Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others 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 seats 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 that train. Reap success, give lots of love, and be thankful for the journey.
     Lastly, I thank you for being one of the passengers on my train.

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