Amy Rees Anderson

Life is Like A Journey On A Train

Today I received the sweetest email from a dear friend of mine with a message that made me tear up.  It read “thanks for being on my train” with the following message attached:

“Life 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 on 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 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!  Which is very sad when you think about it.

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 this year on the train of life. Reap success and give lots of love.  More importantly, give thanks for the journey!

Lastly, I thank you for being one of the passengers on my train!”

I don’t know who the original writer of that little message is but I think it is AWESOME! It was such a great reminder today of how precious the people in our lives are and that we should always treat them such that they know exactly how much they mean to us.

I’ve been incredibly blessed to travel through this life on a train with absolutely amazing people. From my family, to my friends, to my business associates, and beyond…THANK YOU for being a passenger on my train and thank you for touching my life as you have.

~Amy Rees Anderson (author of the book “What Awesome Looks Like: How To Excel in Business & Life” )

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