Transitions are a natural part of the progression of life. They are not to be feared, or avoided, or scorned when one finds one’s self in transition. A train hurtles down the tracks – it is in transition, from one place to another. My life is a train… and it gives me choices. I can choose to close my eyes and plug my ears, and ignore the train. I’ll miss seeing it’s massive beauty though, or knowing what direction it came from, or where it is going. I can choose to throw myself on the tracks and let the train run over me, and lose everything.

Or I can choose to hop the train as it goes by! Sure, it might wrench my arm a bit, but that little ache is a very small price to pay when making the choice to embrace change, to revel in the transitions, and to find yourself racing down those tracks to adventures yet to come.

A side bit of advice, before I close. It is best not to burn one’s bridges, else those train tracks will have a difficult time taking you over the rivers as you go forward. Because, the world is round, and what you burn behind you will someday reappear on your horizon. Keep your mind open, your heart open, and proceed with wonder, joy, and thankfulness. Let the cowcatcher on the main engine scoop aside regret, jealousy, bitterness and anger. That dreck just warps the tracks and ruins the trip.

Have a great ride through life!

A "Train" of Thought
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Lori Alden Holuta


Lori Alden Holuta lives between the cornfields of Mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables and herbs when she’s not writing, editing, or playing games with a cat named Chives.


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  1. Looks up with a warm smile .. i tend to take to the locals sure it take longer but i love to watch a good conductor .. punching the tickets with his puncher .. looks at the floor .. grins… spikendival .. ludlow next … loves to hear the quaint old familar names and his voice .. ahh a tunnel and then the light.. ahhh the change of season .. the change of the towns .. indeed nothing like a life of good long train rides .. on and off again along the way .. indeed .. Lovely Post Dame Ceejay from a grand gal !! these are things so many take for granted that indeed make all the diference in the world .. all the diference .. ahh Like a Diferent Engine *wink* !! oh .. gee that brings us back .. to that place that special place New Babbage aye ?? ( smiles) hugss xoxox

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