Well a journey by train is not exactly like a Hand of Playing Cards randomly dealt to us! But once we decide the starting station and the destination in a way it is like a hand of cards!
We don’t have any control over our fellow passengers and how they would behave! We have no control over the stations at which the train would stop and the duration of the stops! We have no control over the outside scenery. We have no control over the cleanliness of the train and so on! The quality of our journey, the way we experience our journey depends entirely on how we respond to all that is happening around us!
Thousands of people travel on the same routes and trains regularly and all would have different experiences and learning!
Am digressing a little! Writing about train journeys has reminded me of an interesting personal experience! When I had just started to learn English in school we had to write an essay on a subject given by the teacher. And we used to know which were the favorite or common subjects for these essays. During one such exam I had prepared and mugged up the essay on: A Village Fair! And the topic given to us that day was: A Train Journey. I did a smart thing! I started to describe the train journey and then came to a point where the train had to stop for a couple of hours for some failure and repair! Passengers got down to stretch their legs and found a fair going on in a village nearby. And I described that fair (because I had prepared that well!) in big detail 😊😇
When I received the answer sheets back after our teacher had gone through these: He had given me 2/10 and written: Ashok don’t act so smart! And I had a hearty laugh 😂 And I had also fought with the teacher for more marks 😊
One angle to this train journey we call life is this: That what happens is not in our control; but how we respond is very much in our control. Another angle is this: In a train journey between two stations the stops are fixed or we can say pre-decided. Not only are the stations on which the train would stop fixed, the duration of the stops too is fixed!
And that is what happens in our lives! Not only are our dates of birth and death already fixed; all the major life events: marriage, children, jobs, major health and relationships issues etc all are prefixed based on our past karma or soul agenda or randomly whatever your thoughts about life and its meaning!
You may like to read my earlier posts on life:
Some passengers sleep through the entire journey! And some read all the time! Some like to see the scenery outside and some are busy with their mobiles and laptops! Some passengers love talking and chatting and make friends easily! Some are introverts. Some enjoy the journey and its experiences and some are always restless; wondering when would they reach their destination! They are so focused on the destination that they don’t see the beauty and joy all around in that moment.
So it is not in our hands where the train would stop; but it is very much in our hand what we do in between these two stops! It is not in our hands who would be our co passengers but it is very much in our hands how we relate to them. Let us not wait for a perfect journey. Let us make the best of the phase of the journey we are in.
None of us is perfect. No life is perfect. But all lives can be peaceful. All lives can be happy. All lives can be meaningful.
Wishing you all the best for the Journey of your life 😊🤗