Train of Thoughts 15: The Mountain Man

The Mountain Man

The Thought

On that Amtrak superliner headed west

somewhere miles before the Raton Pass,

I met a man whose eyes sparkled

when he talked and when he listened.

We talked about so many subjects from politics to aliens,

from fears (of tunnels and more) to overcoming fears.

The geography begged to participate by

sparking memories and sharing science secrets:

trees,

rocks,

glittering snow,

mountain formations,

dust storms,

plains,

icy ravines

and

wild wolves.

The Mountain Man had lived in

Alaska and Santa Fe

and now resides in Albuquerque.

He said Santa Fe is a great place to visit but not to live.

He suggested going to a story house there.

Something about aliens and forests and mystery,

sparking even more conversation about literature and adventure!

I didn’t ask his name

because I want to remember him as

The Mountain Man.

The Application

On a train or anywhere for that matter,

there is plenty of time for keeping thoughts to yourself,

but when you want company,

talk to – and listen to – your traveling companions.

They might just make your eyes sparkle!Sun

 

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Train of Thoughts 14: New York Diver

New York Diver

The Thought

On a superliner train headed west to the desert,

I met a man who dives for a living in New York.

A 1-minute dive

to check a prop on a tour boat

to the Statue of Liberty

netted him

$300.

The Application

I don’t know what the application is,

but doesn’t that make you want to be

a New York diver????

Open-mouthed smile

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Train of Thoughts 13: Drink *Your* Limit

Limits

The Thought

Speaking of the Legacy Club,

once you pay the $20 entry fee to put your feet up in a cozy spot

with giant TVs, a spot to store luggage and more,

snacks and drinks are included.

You will find drinks like soda, juice, coffee, tea

and several kinds of water provided every day the trains run.

As a bonus, Monday through Friday at specified times,

happy hour is included in the one-day pass.

You get a little ticket to be punched each time

you get a single serving-size bottle of wine or beer.

You are limited to three alcoholic drinks an hour.

The Application

Even if drinks are included in a one-day pass,

you don’t have to drink right up to their limit.

Drink up to yours.*

That goes for sugared drinks, too,

for those watching numbers of various sorts.

*Reality Check: I did go back for a second, but it was too much so I didn’t finish it. 🙂

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Train of Thoughts 12: The Green Ones

You Don't Have to Eat the Green Ones

The Thought

The Legacy Club at Union Station Chicago offered,

among other free treats,

Veggie Straws.

Think multi-colored cheese puffs without the cheese.

The green ones were made with spinach.

I like spinach, but spinach doesn’t always like me.

They have the tiniest bit of spinach I’m sure, but

traveling on a train makes me extra cautious for my tummy.

I ate only a few before I realized

I don’t have to eat any of the green ones

even if they are included with club admission.

The Application

If someone offers us something,

we don’t have to take it

if we think there may be a price

we are unwilling to pay.

Smile

That’s why Christ offering Himself on the cross was so phenomenal.

We are worth the price He chose to pay.

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Train of Thoughts 11: All-Weather Father

God_All-weather Father

The Thought

God is not a fair weather Father.

He is an all-weather Father.

The Application

You do not have to wait to turn to Him.

He isn’t waiting on good times,

internally or externally.

He is waiting on you and me.

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Train of Thoughts 10: Delays, or Where We Aren’t

Delayed By Freight

The Thought

Impatient for the train to arrive at our destination,

delayed by freight trains (again),

passengers got antsy.

Time was ticking and they were stuck.

I, being in no hurry to get anywhere,

was able to observe the anxiety rather than feel it.

This time, at least.

Many other times anxiety grips me around the neck like a chain I cannot break.

The Application

We ought not be anxious about where we are going.

We ought be thankful we are where we are.

In good times and bad.

Easy to write. Hard to live.

Yet, where we are, He is.

And even where we aren’t,

He is.

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