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A Train Ride

The concept that life is a continuum of existence as opposed to a linear timeline is difficult for many to embrace. The finality of death is a reality that both scares the hell out of us and is the source of our grief once a loved one dies. Since the dawn of man everyone who has ever lived has died. It has always been that way, always will be, and there is nothing that can be done to prevent it. In essence, our physical lives are filled with ticking time bombs. Cells mutate manifesting in disease, organs fail, accidents occur, natural disasters wreak havoc, and the list goes on. Many spend their lives trying to avoid the inevitable, which often fosters fear, phobias, addictive behaviors, sadness, and health issues. The survival instinct is strong and prevents us from accepting the inevitable.

I like to use a train analogy. We board a train when we are born, a train that has many stops on its journey. We know that the train has a destination at which time we must get off. Some of us exit at the first stop, others at many stops along the way, but the point is that we all get off. It is not a question of if we will get off the train, but when. We can speculate as to the reasons that some get off at earlier stops than others, and the possible reasons range from pure luck to spiritual fulfillment, but acceptance may be to the key to living fuller lives.

So, in essence, our physical lives are all about the time spent while on the train. Whether the ride is filled with happiness or sadness, the point it that it is not permanent. The simple acknowledgment of this fact can be a blessing. It enables us to embrace and cherish every moment. We can love more deeply, find joy in the simplest of pleasures, and put things into perspective. If this recognition should be accompanied by the knowledge of a realm beyond the physical, the knowing that the earthly plane is a mere blip in a never-ending journey, we then possess the superpower of fulfillment.

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