There are two types of people in this world.
People who actively steer their own destiny…
…and people who essentially sit back and let life happen to them.
A few years ago when the economy went into the toilet tank and I was a brand new business owner, someone said to me:
Think of this situation like a train ride. We’re the passengers. We can’t control what track this train is on…or how fast it goes…but we can stick our hands out the window and grab the positive things within our reach.
I believed that….for a while. Now, I think the person who gave me that advice attends too many Grateful Dead concerts and smokes the happy pipe of life.
There is no doubt that I was a passenger on the train of life the past few years. Some situations, like my mom’s death and the economic climate were out of my control. In fact, it seemed like I wasn’t in control of much at all. After a while, the train ride in the passenger cabin took a harsh toll. I felt very UNcertain…UNappreciated…UNinspired…and UNmotivated.
Just before the holidays of 2011, I decided that enough was enough. “Passenger No More!” It was time to march up to the front of that train, kick its incompetent engineer aside, and take over. And that, my friends, was the last and final day of the UNs.
Being passive and letting life happen led to a life where my hopes and dreams were unrealized. In fact, at some point I got off the train altogether and watched it pass by, waving goodbye from the platform.
As a passenger, we aren’t responsible if the train runs of the track.
From the platform, we play it the safe and avoid all risk of a crash.
As the engineer, we have control. We may not be able to change tracks right away, but we can decide on our own speed, see what’s ahead of us, and make decisions about where to stop and what to pass by. We can also insist that all dead weight be removed.
There are certainly going to be periods in our lives where we simply must buy a ticket and go along for the ride. But, there are also times when we must take control…drive our own train…shape our own destiny…and sound the steam whistle.
What about you – do you feel more like a passenger or a driver right now?