“You were talking right to me,” one of the participants shared after our last Sealegs event. “I have so many things I’m trying to do all at once. When you talked about the cost of going too fast and not reflecting and processing life it really hit home. What can I do about this?”
“How long does is take to stop a freight train?” I smiled and asked.
Answer: “A long time!”
Those of us who tow a lot of freight may need a lot more time to really slow down and spend time reflecting.
Instead we couple just one more freight-car full of activity to the other boxcars already loaded with responsibilities and concerns.
We get humbly proud of how much we can tow.
But…the longer the train the longer the stopping time.
My life-train sometimes takes 20 -40 minutes to get stopped! I love it when it does. I get to be still and know…
When’s the last time you stopped your train? For how long? What does stopping look like for you?
P.S. As I drive on California Highway 99 I frequently see Union Pacific trains and I notice that even the long trains wait long times for other trains to pass. I’ve wondered what the engineers do while they are waiting. They seem patient. I think they must be compelled to learn that skill. The skill of waiting.