One of my favorite city locations is the train station. Elevated above our city streets, the MBTA train transports people from home to work and home again. The Amtrak Downeaster also stops here as it carries travelers between Portland. Maine. and Boston. Railroads are an important link to our past, but they also serve us faithfully in our present. Powerful steam locomotives have long been replaced by sleek, fast diesel engines but, at their core, railroads remain the same. We once boarded trains to move toward new lands, new opportunities and hopeful futures. We still do. Somehow we have lost sight of that. Today, here in the northeast, we use trains mostly to shuttle back and forth on our daily commutes. I remember well the feeling of dread every morning boarding the train for Boston. It seemed that most people, myself included, selected a seat and did whatever they could to avoid contact with everything and everyone around them. Like many others, I allowed the dreary process of commuting to cloud my vision. Looking back, years later, I realize that the train took me to a great job at Northeastern University, many great friends and a wonderful education. Much like life itself, trains have a daily routine that can become mundane if we allow it. You can put your head down and wait for the ride to be over, or you can open your eyes and enjoy your many opportunities. Everyday life provides us with new opportunities and hope. It is up to us to recognize and appreciate that no matter where we are. Get on board and make the most of every day.
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