It seems everyone has their occasional 3:00 a.m. wakeup call. Your mind wakes up even when your body still wants sleep. So you lie there trying to find a position that will lull your mind back to sleep. But it’s just not working.
So you think it through. Accepting or not, you consider all those thoughts that seem to arrive like commuter trains seeking passengers from the platform of your mind.
The Financial train pulls up and you load it with passengers. Your credit score climbs on board. Your credit card debt too. All the unhappy Financial passengers climb on board. And, if you’re lucky, a few happier bill-paying passengers follow suit. One
The Financial train pulls up and you load it with passengers. Your credit score climbs on board. Your credit card debt too. All the unhappy Financial passengers climb on board. And, if you’re lucky, a few happier bill-paying passengers follow suit. One pats the Financial train Conductor on the ass with a wink and says, “Is the train running on time?”
That’s the first train out of the station usually.
Then comes the Relationship train. An entirely different looking set of passengers lines up for this one. All have interesting expressions on their faces. Some look curious. Others look a bit miffed.There are current loves and brothers and sisters among the passengers. Work associates, bosses and clients. Some are talking with each others. Still others stare straight ahead as if waiting for some sort of answer from you. That makes you realize the Relationship train is waiting for you to do something. You’re the conductor. “All aboard!” you yell, and the passengers all board. And the train pulls away bearing all your Relationship blessings and burdens.
This is how it works at 3:00 a.m. in the morning. Everything is an abstract at that time of day, or night. Whatever you want to call it. Insomnia vexes some people nightly. The trains of thought keep coming and going.
Because just when you think you’re done with the work of loading the trains of your life, the Anxiety train pulls up. This is where all your worries wait to get on board. Only no one seems to want to take the train. The Anxiety passengers all wander around the platform, pushing and shoving and aching for attention. They raise their arms and shout. One even threatens to push another passenger on the tracks. You finally have to intervene. “Let’s all settle down here. Now, you folks there…the Money Worries. The Financial train has already pulled out. We’ll get you on another train in a bit. And you Relationship Worries. Same thing. Stand right here and wait a few minutes. There will be another train coming in a half hour.
When you finally get all the Anxieties in their places, a dark crowd of people comes milling up. They bump into the Anxiety passengers as if they don’t exist. This is the passenger load for the Depression train. They always try to crowd onto the Anxiety train even though there is no room. So you quickly run over to the crowd and try to herd them back into the parking lot. But they stand their stubbornly. “Okay,” you tell them, “We’ll make room on this train for you too.”
But secretly you wish you could push all those Depression passengers onto the tracks. It suits them.
Then you notice a light on the horizon. The sun is coming up. It’s only 5:00 a.m. now, but that brief flicker of light shed a little hope on the situation. You’re tired from wrestling with all those passengers, and you have thrashed your covers and wrapped them around your legs for comfort.
But you feel a surge of strength as well. At least this process is starting to get organized. You roll over and grab a sheet of paper and a pen. You write down all the thoughts you’ve organized.
A few ideas come to mind, and at that moment, the Solutions train pulls up. There is a new energy to this crowd of people. You high-five a couple folks, and realize that a few of their ideas are pretty good. The rest can ride the train anyway. You never know when a conversation might give you a new idea. That’s called networking.
It’s now 6:30 a.m., and even though you’re a little tired from waking up at 3:00 a.m., you pull on your running or cycling clothes, your swimsuit or gym gear. Then you eagerly gather your things for the Workout train to arrive.
Sometimes you ride it alone. Other times you get on board with all kinds of other people. All of them have watched the Financial Train and the Relationships train depart as well. They stood back while the Anxiety and Depression passengers got on board. “Now it’s our turn,” one of them mutters to you. “Let’s go.”
And you pull out of the station with a degree of determination on board because the Workout train is how you get a grip on your station in life. We run. We ride. We swim. We lift.
The Workout train is a great way to roll. It helps you run over the tarsnakes of money, relationships, anxieties and depression. To a better world. A better way of life.