When I was young, my father will always tell us, his children, that one day each one of us will leave them until our mother and him will be left in the house by themselves. So, before that heart-breaking event happens, he and our mom did their best to prepare us for the unknown future. I’m the oldest with two brothers and three sisters.
It seems that my sheer innocence as a young boy only reluctantly agreed regarding my father’s constant refrain because we were the happiest we can be in our small world. Growing up, we had so much fun and laughter.
My parents invested heavily on good memories with strong parental guidance even with limited resources. My mother never ran out of something to cook and happily prepared the food on the table, rain or shine. We were taught shared responsibilities and good values that kept our bond stronger. Most of us performed well in school and by God’s Grace all of us are now proud parents, likewise proud grandparents too.
Now that I am older, I can still hear my father and he was completely right! Now our dining table reflects the image of my mother’s love and passion. This living legacy is proudly going on strong!
“Those were the days my friend we thought they’d never end, we’d sing and dance forever and a day…”
Hearing this song by Mary Hopkin is also timeless because the dream is always the same and is tied to our journey in life.
Also, I would like to share this inspiring article from Facebook which will surely touch your soul.
Life is like a journey on a train with its stations, with changes of routes and with accidents!
At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel on our side. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of our life.
Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we don’t realize that they vacated their seats! This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells. Success consists of having a good relationship with all the passengers… requiring that we give the best of ourselves.
The mystery to everyone is: we do not know at which station we will step down from. So, we must live in the best way – love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty, we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life without us.
I wish you a joyful journey for the coming years on your train of life. Reap success, give lots of love and be happy.
More importantly, be thankful for the journey!
Lastly, I thank you for being one of the passengers on my train!
Ecclesiastes 9:11 says “I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.”
Enjoy your journey in life, unless you choose otherwise! God bless you.
(❚ Noel Cadelina, Minister of Faith in Jesus City Church Winnipeg, 204-228-2146)