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My journey as a writer began as a child, but my first published book came as a result of my ovarian cancer diagnosis. The title is Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir which received three awards. All proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club. Follow me on Twitter @KIngallsAuthor www.facebook.com/KarenIngalls, and you can find my books at www.amazon.com. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.

Monday, March 6, 2017


This poem is a powerful one which I thought needed to be shared. The author is unknown and there are several versions to it. The message is an important one and I thank each of you for being one of the passengers on my train of life.

At birth we boarded the train and meet our parents,
And we believe they will always travel on our side.

However, at some station
Our parents will step down from the train,
Leaving us on this journey alone.
As time goes by,
Other people will board the train;
And they will be significant
I.e. Our siblings, friends, children,
And even the love of your life.

Many will step down
And leave a permanent vacuum.

Others will go so unnoticed
That we don't realize
They vacated their seats.

This train ride will be full of joy,
Sorrow, fantasy, expectations,
Hellos, goodbyes, and farewells.

Success consists of having a good relationship
With all passengers
Requiring that we give the best of ourselves.
The mystery to everyone is:
We do not know at which station
We ourselves will step down.
So, we must live in the best way,
Love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are.

It is important to do
This because when the time comes for us to step down
And leave our seat empty
We should leave behind beautiful memories
For those who will continue to travel on the train of life.

I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life.
Reap success and give lots of love.
More importantly, thank God for the journey.

Lastly, I thank you
For being one of the passengers on my train.


Debby Gies said...

Such a poignant and beautiful post Karen. Sometimes we all need reminding of gratitude. :)

Karen Ingalls said...

I found this particular version as well as the others quite meaningful. I am glad you liked it also.

Teresa Whitehead said...

What a beautiful reminder of how we should be thanking God for each and every person that comes into our lives, even if for a short time. I think this one is going to be made into a poster and put into our 12th grade classroom.

Karen Ingalls said...

Thank you, Teresa for your comments and thoughts. A good idea for the 12th grade classroom.