On a recent business trip to Portland, Oregon I learned something new about myself, something that I never fully realized before. It was while I was waiting for my train to go to work, standing obediently I watched for the Green Line that ran between my hotel and the office. I had just missed the last one so I knew I needed to be patient and wait until the next one arrived. As I watched the Red and Blue lines pass by it dawned on me, I see all of these trains at both of my stops so I could probably take any of them. Not to mention, what was the worst thing that could happen if I took the wrong train - I could simply catch another and get anywhere I needed to be.
It occurred to me that this was a metaphor for how I have lived almost my entire life. Not only do I follow the rules, but sometimes I take them so literally that I can't see other opportunities that may be passing me by. Even though it surprised me, it was something I was sure my daughters knew very well about their mother. I laughed and sent them both a message to tell them of my grand ephiphany!
How wonderful it is that at 58 years of age I can learn something so profound about myself. It is very freeing to realize that I can take any train and get to where I want to be.
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