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Old 01-03-2007, 09:54 AM   #1
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My Favorite Poem

I cut the following poem out of the newspaper about 20 years ago, and have found it to be very inspirational:

The Station

Tucked away in our subconscious is an idyllic vision.
We see ourselves on a long trip that spans the continent.
We are traveling by train.
Out the windows we drink in the passing scene of cars on nearby highways,
of children waving at the crossing, of cattle grazing on the distant hillside,
of smoke pouring from a power plant, of row upon row of corn and wheat,
of flatlands and valleys, of mountains and rolling hills,
of city skylines and village halls.

But uppermost in our minds is the final destination.
On a certain day, at a certain hour we will pull into the station.
Bands will be playing and flags will be waving.
Once we get there so many wonderful dreams will come true and the pieces
of our lives will fit together like a completed jigsaw puzzle.
How restlessly we pace the aisles,
damning the minutes for loitering - 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 450 SL 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 will live happily ever after!!

Sooner or later we must realize there is no station,
no one place to arrive at once and for all.
The true joy of life is the trip.
The station is only a dream.
It constantly outdistances us.

It isn't the burdens of today that drive people mad.
It is the regrets over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow.
Regret and fear are twin thieves who rob us of today.
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.

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Old 01-03-2007, 10:58 AM   #2
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Ahhhh....loved it. Thanks so much for posting that!
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Very nice. Thanks.
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Always reminding us of the balance between living in the moment, and living this moment so that we maximize our enjoyment and potential for living in the moment in future moments.
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Good stuff. Thanks
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Yep.. when I think about the "stuff" my relatives (and I) hold onto as though it's somehow meaningful.. when I think about the house we "own" outright...

There's always an argument about "buying vs. renting". To me "buying" just means renting with a payment every 10 or 20 or 50 years, rather than once a month.

We're all renters here...
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Neato!
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Old 01-04-2007, 08:54 AM   #8
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Yep.. when I think about the "stuff" my relatives (and I) hold onto as though it's somehow meaningful.. when I think about the house we "own" outright...

There's always an argument about "buying vs. renting". To me "buying" just means renting with a payment every 10 or 20 or 50 years, rather than once a month.

We're all renters here...
Ahhh, so true! The only thing we truly own is our time and how we spend it. Most of the "things" we own will surely outlive us.

Thanks for the great poem.
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Thanks for the reminder.
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Yep.. when I think about the "stuff" my relatives (and I) hold onto as though it's somehow meaningful.. when I think about the house we "own" outright...

There's always an argument about "buying vs. renting". To me "buying" just means renting with a payment every 10 or 20 or 50 years, rather than once a month.

We're all renters here...
I have always had a love for things mechanical - especially with motors - firetrucks, locomotives, Harley's...

In particular, I love cars and planes. When I was young, I just loved to ride/drive them and dreamed of 'owning' them. When I occasionally heard a collector speak of stewardship, I had no clue what they were talking about. Now that I am older, I am so glad to see that many of the fine older historic planes, and cars, are in the hands of people like Kermit Weeks for planes:

http://www.fantasyofflight.com/kermit.htm

or Jay Leno for cars and bikes:

http://www.go-star.com/antiquing/leno.htm


There are many many other similar aficionados who have learned that their collections if maintained will easily out last them and their children, and so rather than "owning" them, they tend to begin to look upon them as a legacy they are entrusted with while they are around.

I think that is a pretty healthy way to approach it, since it is absolutely true you can't take it with you, unless you are the infamous Sandra Ilene West:

http://www.blog.rlarmstrong.com/arch...6-m05.php#e324

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