As someone who travels frequently on the railway, the idea of missing the train is never far from my mind.
Looking at the issue from a wider perspective, we could choose to read ‘missing the train‘ as a figurative phrase relating to lost opportunities. There might be occasions in which our dilly-dallying meant we were too late to take up an option or the like.
Nevertheless, timing is not always the issue. Prior preparation produces promising prospects, perhaps. Conceivably we need to open our eyes, or at least our view of the moment, to ensure we aren’t missing the train in terms of participating in a particularly favourable event or endeavour.
But if we do miss the train, that’s life. Ideally another one will be along shortly. However, even if in any case we reach our destination, the journey will not be the same as the lost experience. People, inputs, insights and yes opportunities, are unique to a moment.
Whether missing the train due to a situation under our control or not changes little. Yet to balance that idea it seems right to state the following ‘train’ or opportunity may be equally advantageous to us, or even better.
Without wasting time moaning and groaning it is always worthwhile looking to our current options. And with that in mind, I’m off to avoid missing the train.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).