Monday, August 24, 2009


I was rummaging through my old files today with the intent to trim it down to the barest essentials; the unimportant would go straight to the garbage bin when I stumbled on this very old article quoted in a daily local paper by a well-known columnist. It was entitled ‘THE STATION’ and written by Robert J. Hastings.

To quote..


Life is something like this.

We see ourselves on a long trip that spans the continent. We see ourselves on long trip, but uppermost in our minds is the final destination. We fret restlessly, damning the minutes that drag … waiting, waiting for the station. “When we reach the station, that will be it" we cry.

Life has many stations, like:

- When I’m 18

- When I buy a new 450 SL Benz

- When I put the last kid through college

- When I have paid off the mortgage

- When I get the promotion

- When I reach the age of retirement, I shall live happily ever after

But …

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 men 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.



  1. Ellen,

    True,life is an endless journey. We look for one station but as soon as we reach there our destination changes and we have to keep moving on. Only station which is final is when we meet our creator. Till then we must keep moving on with smile and happiness at what we have continuing to achieve what we want to.

    Take care

  2. Hai Ellen,

    Thanks for this excellent piece.


    Yes, loved this..:)

  3. Hello Jack,

    I would presume that you yourself have a very interesting life journey that certainly fill up your precious treasure chest of memories to overflowing. :-) One has only to listen to your wisdom to get that impression.

    Glad you could come today.
    God bless you & your family.

  4. Hi Pramoda,

    Yes, love that line very much too. Delighted to see you here. Hope everything is going swell at your end. Blessings to you and your loved ones.


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