It costs so much to be a full human being
that there are very few who have the enlightenment or the courage to pay the price:
One has to abandon altogether the search for security and reach out to the risk of living with both arms.
One has to embrace the world like a lover.
One has to accept pain as a condition of existence.
One has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing.
One needs a will stubborn in conflict,
but apt always to total acceptance of every consequence of living and dying.
Quote from 'The Shoes Of The Fisherman' by Morris West
The Chinese naming of 'The Train' is based on the direct sound translation - Ler-Chuan.
In 1997, I read a book that has impacted my whole life. This book was edited in 1998 and renamed as
New Manual For Life. Its Chinese edition is called 生命花園. The two authors, Dr. Bennet Wong and
Dr. Jock McKeen, are founders of The Haven Institute in Canada. Dr. Wong and Dr. McKeen have
been my beloved teachers and forever friends.
Ben and Jock use the train station as a metaphor for life. In Part One of their book they mention (p.7) -
The richness of life is created by courageously participating in journeys that may seem unknown to you.
Thereafter I quoted the following sentences from the above chapter: Waiting at the Station, as a way to
encourage people who are curious about personal and professional growth: Please don’t wait up!
Take your chance and welcome board The Coming Train!
Most people seem to believe that destiny has some particular goal for them, …
In effect, such people believe that there is a specific train that will carry them to a particular locus of
success; so they wait in the train station watching all the trains go by, …
They might closely examine each passing train to see if it is the right one; but, because the destinations
are never clearly marked, each train passes without being boarded.
In the station, these waiting people become restless and discontent, wondering when they will be given
specific instructions about which train to catch. …
They are afraid of wasting time by getting on the wrong train …
So trains keep passing them by. Yet they do nothing but waste time in the train station.
What such people do not realize is that all of the trains have the same destination – death.
That being the case, these people would do well to board the very next train, take the first opportunity to
become involved with the activities on the train, and be present for the trip.
Quoted from New Manual For Life (Part One: ‘Waiting At The Station’ - p.7)
Wenshwu wrote in the summer of 2007