What's With All The Train Stuff?

“I can’t wait to hear how to make my life more meaningful, Pete, but what’s with all the train stuff?”

What’s in a name? As Shakespeare wrote, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” And so it is with our workshop entitled “On the Right Track: Connecting the Stories of Your Life.” It’s about finding a path to the life of your dreams through the stories your life experiences, not about trains.

So why the references to train tracks, then? The construction of railroad beds seemed like a great metaphor for how the stories of your life are laid out. And it is! As long as it doesn’t confuse people so they miss out on the eye opening activities in the workshop.

The way I see it, the gravel that supports the tracks is like the mundane incidents of life – countless facts, such as what you ate for breakfast last Monday. A fact - but not very important in the grand scheme of your life. The railroad ties, when...

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Your Own Human Journey

You’ve been aware of your human journey for pretty much your whole life. You know who that person is in the mirror, based on where you’ve been and what you’ve done. If someone asked, you could sum up who you are in a few quick sentences. “I’m a retired engineer, a grandfather, and at Christmas I play Santa at the mall.” Or, “I’m a single mom who works two jobs and doesn’t have time to be creative.” You’ve “caught the little fox and put him in a box,” like in the nursery rhyme, but will you “let him go”? Watch out! That box of labels can turn into a trap. Are you caught in a self-imposed trap you’d love to get out of but aren’t sure how? There are lots of ways, if you’re serious about your freedom. One key can be found within the stories of your life.

I spent a lot of years regretting turns my life had taken, keeping me from being the college professor I “shoulda...

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And You Thought You Were The Only One

Isn’t it funny that when you buy a new car, all of a sudden you notice that what you bought seems to be the most popular car on the road? And you thought when you bought it that it was a special, one-of-a-kind model and paint job!

Well, that’s what’s happening to me. I’m working on a digital product focusing on the power hidden in one’s personal stories. It makes me feel good to read articles and blogs from others who are noticing the importance of your spiritual story as well as your human story. It is most encouraging to discover a new family of fellow travelers.

Back in my youth, not all roads were paved. Many country roads were gravel, dragged periodically by the “road grader” to minimize the number and size of the potholes. When it rained, two ruts became very obvious, ‘cause that’s where the person ahead of you by fifteen minutes drove. If traffic was “heavy” the ruts grew deeper. But there they were – two...

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