Cuddle up by the fireplace, its story time with Uncle Matt.
Well, parable time but whatever. A parable is a story too.
Imagine your life as a train conductor.
You are cruising down the tracks, making scheduled stops but ever onward to your destination. The train stops at this station and the next, picking up passengers, letting others off, but never waiting too long at each stop. You are on a schedule, you have your destination and at the end of these tracks another route awaits to take you to a new destination.
Onward forever, moving forward, never backward.
All of your passengers love you. The men all admire you and the women all desire you.
You have a mission and you excel at it.
Now stop and imagine if there was an alluring passenger aboard. They take up your time and distract you from your duties. The passenger demands you stop in unscheduled places so you willingly comply to make them happy. Sometimes they even refuse to board and make you wait while they do what they please. Intoxicated by the passenger, you jump at the chance to make them happy. Soon the passenger leads you off the train, and enjoying their company, you forget about your responsibilities. Leaving the train behind, you walk away….
You forget about your mission.
You forget about your purpose.
Eventually the passenger convinces you to forget all about your life as a conductor. Wandering around, following the passenger, you forget about who you were.
You have no mission.
You have no purpose.
The passenger begins telling you they would like to be back on the train. Oh how the passenger misses the miles passing by, heading down the tracks. Now the passenger resents your lack of mission, your life floating in the wind, going wherever is easiest. Upon seeing a train station in the distance, the passenger leaves you behind and takes off for more adventure.
You see the train, passenger aboard, disappear over the horizon.
In this story you are the train conductor.
What, or possibly, Who is the passenger in your story?
It’s easy to lose sight of your goal. To be distracted in the moment and take your eye off your mission.
I leave you with a quote from Margaret Thatcher:
Watch your thoughts for they become words. Watch your words for they become actions. Watch your actions for they become…habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny!
What we think we become.