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by Mary Frances Hansen

Life is like a journey on a train, with its stations,

Change of routes, differing scenes, and accidents!

At birth we boarded the train and met our parents,

And we believed they would always travel at our side.

However, at some station down the line our parents stepped off,

Leaving the train and us alone to continue on our own.

As time passed, other people boarded the train;

And they were significant: 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 didn’t realize

That they had 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 don’t know at which station

We ourselves will be asked to step off. So we must live

In the best way – Love, forgive, and offer the best of whom

We are. It is important to do this, because when the time

Comes for us to exit, leaving our seat empty, we should

Leave behind beautiful memories for those who will

Continue riding the train of life without us.

I wish you a joyful journey for the remaining years on

Your train of life. Reap success, give lots of love, and

Be happy. More importantly, be thankful for your journey!

Lastly, I thank you for being one of the passengers

On my train. (Author Unknown.....Copyright Holder Unknown )

WOW.....what a poem! Every time I read this meaningful poem my eyes fill up with tears. I think of the loved ones that stepped off the train before me. One day I will be stepping off that train and leaving behind my loved ones, family, and many friends.

What legacy do I want to leave behind? My grandparents taught me the beauty of a person is not in their outward appearance but in their heart.... which is their inward beauty. I am certainly not perfect and have made many mistakes in my lifetime. Life is a gift from God and is a journey of mistakes and experiences. It is in the tough times we find out just how we are made. Over the years I have said the wrong things, done the wrong things, but God has always had His hand on me. When I have gone down detours in my life of almost 87 years of age, God has always brought me back, and I am most thankful to God for giving me another chance.

It's in the tough times we find out who we really are. Sometimes our adversities can be a blessing so we can grow from them. Adversities teach us endurance and perseverance. People's true characters are when they are by themselves. Setbacks and grieving helps us build character. Sometimes a trial is a test of our faith, character. and endurance. An inspiring scripture from the Bible....Isaiah 40:31, “Those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like an eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” We must be Victors and not become Victims.

One of the greatest joys I have learned in life when I fall, I rise back up stronger than ever! We must learn to accept responsibilities for our mistakes. When we blame others, we are powerless to change our lives. A great quote from Mark Twain, “Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish others!” We must learn to forgive ourselves and also others. Mahatma Gandhi (Political and Spiritual Leader who is most famous for his Philosophy of nonviolence ) said ,“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” We must learn from our mistakes and practice the Golden Rule...... “Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You!l” I love the great quote from Maya Angelou, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better you will do better!”

Stay Strong, Stay Safe, and Keep The Faith!

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