Train of Life
Some folks ride the train of life
Looking out the rear,
Watching miles of life roll by,
And marking every year.
And marking every year.
They sit in sad remembrance,
Of wasted days gone by,
And curse their life for what it was,
And hang their head and cry.
But I don't concern myself with that,
I took a different vent,
I look forward to what life holds,
And not what has been spent.
So strap me to the engine,
As securely as I can be,
I want to be out on the front,
To see what I can see.
I want to feel the winds of change,
Blowing in my face,
I want to see what life unfolds,
As I move from place to place.
I want to see what's coming up,
Not looking at the past,
Life's too short for yesterdays,
It moves along too fast.
So if the ride gets bumpy,
While you are looking back,
Go up front, and you may find,
Your life has jumped the track.
It's all right to remember,
That's part of history,
But up front's where it's happening,
There's so much mystery.
The enjoyment of living,
Is not where we have been,
It's looking ever forward,
To another year and ten.
It's searching all the byways,
Never should you refrain,
For if you want to live your life,
You gotta drive the train! 1
The tragedy of life
is not found in failure
Not in you doing too much,
but doing too little.
Not in you living above your means,
but below your capacity.
It's not failure
but aiming too low;
that is life's greatest tragedy. 2
Picture a three-car train.
The engine in front we'll call facts/reality;
the car in the middle is our thoughts,
beliefs, decisions, choices and behaviours
based on the facts;
the caboose is our feelings.
The facts/reality come first,
then thoughts and behaviours followed by feelings.
Many folks try to run their life train
with the caboose (feelings) in the lead.
Feelings are interesting and important,
but they cannot drive the train.
Pay attention to your feelings,
but let the facts/reality drive the train. 3
The train is leaving,
last call to get on,
last call for adventure,
last call for the rest of your life.
“So often time it happens,
we all live our life in chains,
and we never even know we have the key.” 4
Keep a green tree in your heart
and perhaps a singing bird will come. 5
These are still “the days” . . .
with today being the first day of the rest of your life.
Why not transform it
into an even more glorious, radiant one? . . .
the best is yet to come . . .
"Those were the days, my friend",
the older we get. . .
the more these words take on meaning.
When this was first popular in 1968,
it was a wistful song
and we (the youth of that era)
really thought we related to the story and the feelings . . .
little did we know . . .
Two other songs of the time,
"Yesterday When I Was Young" by Roy Clark,
and "Is That All There Is?" by Peggy Lee,
had the same theme.
Again . . . we thought we had been there,
done that. . .
Again . . . little did we know . . .
. . .The best is yet to come . . .
 The Train Of Life -Unknown
 –Benjamin E. Mayes
 ~The Eagles, "Already Gone"
 ~Chinese Proverb
Based on a contribution by Sandra Cassell