DON'T GET ON THAT TRAIN!
You don't have to get on that ol' train, you know. You can take a different train. One goin' someplace else. Or you can just stand there and let that nasty ol' train go by. You have choices. We all have choices. We always all have choices. It's just that sometimes we don't wanna make 'em.
Lately, I've been listening to people talk about how they've been railroaded. Railroaded into doin' stuff they didn't wanna do. Goin' along with things, they knew were wrong. All I can say to those people is what I've said before... DON'T GET ON THAT TRAIN!
Very rarely do peeps truly get railroaded. Very rarely does someone grab 'em in the middle of the night when they're innocently sound asleep, throw a pillowcase over their heads and drag 'em out to the train station where they put 'em on a train and send 'em out of town with a one-way ticket to the Land of Disgrace.
Oh sure... if you look hard enough and for long enough, you might find a peep or two to which this has happened. But you're gonna have to look really, really hard and for a very, very long time. More often than not, when one investigates the railroading of peeps, what one finds is a peep who himself purchased that ticket to Disgraceland. It's very unlikely that it was thrust upon him, completely unwittingly.
He might have had some help, yes. There might have been some cajoling. Other peeps might have been doin' their darnedest to convince him that really, everything was gonna be okay if he just went along with what they wanted him to do. That really, everything was above board. That really and truly, that train they wanted him to board wasn't headin' for the Land of Disgrace at all.
In fact, the Land of Disgrace was probably never even mentioned. The peeps doin' the luring probably called it somethin' else. Somethin' nicer. Somethin' that would help with the luring of the peep to be railroaded onto that ol' train.
One must always question the character of peeps doin' the luring of other peeps. Peeps doin' the act of cajoling. Tellin' other peeps what they wanna hear. These are the very same peeps who will be the railroaded peeps' travelling companions.
I don't know 'bout you but if I'm takin' a long train ride, I'm gonna want to take that ride with peeps I like and respect. Peeps I can trust. Peeps I can trust to not throw me under the bus... uh... I mean, train. Sorry 'bout that.
I don't wanna be takin' a long train ride with peeps in flea-ridden suits. One of their fleas might hop onto me or somethin'. Wouldn't want that. One must always choose one's travelling companions, wisely. Never just go with the flow, so to speak. You're gonna want to know exactly where that flow is going. Not to mention, what might be in it.
But what happens if you honestly don't realise you're bein' railroaded until after you're already on the train? You didn't know you were gettin' on that train. You thought you were gettin' on a different train. A better train. A train with a better destination. Help! HELP!!! You can yell for help all you like but truth be told, it's very difficult to be heard over the noise bein' made by a train except, of course, by the other people on that very same train... your travelling companions.
But you still have choices. Choice number one would be to get off that ol' train.
Take a good look at that first-class ticket in your little paw and ask yourself, do I really want to go all the way? Do I really want to go all the way to the Land of Disgrace? If the answer is no, you make the decision right there and then to get off that train at the very next stop. You leave your travelling companions behind and allow them to travel to Disgraceland all on their own. You don't hang on, hoping that everything will be okay. Hoping that everything will work out when you really know, in your heart of hearts, that it won't.
But there are no stops, you say. This particular train is travellin' non-stop from here to the Land of Disgrace.
Never. Every train has to slow down at some point, somewhere. There's always an opportunity. An opportunity to get off. You just have to watch for it. Every train will slow down enough for anyone who wants to get off to do so. Sure, you might have to jump off when it's still movin' a bit but far better that than ending up at its final destination. Far, far better that than ending up at its final destination. Just keep in mind what that destination is.
When you realise where the train you're on is headed and you realise that that's a place you do not want to do, you need to get off the train. You need to get off it, no matter what the cost. 'Cause gettin' off the train, is the right thing to do.
Doin' the right thing isn't always the easiest thing to do. Sometimes, it's the most difficult thing any peep will ever do. But doin' the right thing is always the right thing to do. The sooner you do it, the better and in the end, it will always be worth it.
And one more thing. Those peeps who lured you onto that train headin' to the Land of Disgrace? Well they're still on that train. They never got off. They didn't think they had to. Peeps like that never do. Peeps like that tend to be arrogant. So very arrogant that they think whatever comes their way, will wash right off them. Nothin' will ever stain their flea-ridden suits. They believe they can remain in control of any situation at paw. They believe they can outsmart everyone around them... manipulate the masses.
Oddly enough, those lurin', cajolin' and controllin' peeps couldn't figure out the most important thing of all. They couldn't figure out that when they lured the peeps bein' railroaded onto the train headin' for disaster, they bought one-way tickets for themselves, too. They bought themselves all one-way tickets for the Land of Disgrace. Apparently, no one ever told 'em... DON'T GET ON THAT TRAIN!
**tee hee** about the harness thing! LolReplyDelete
You are so right Nissy!great post,xx SpeedyReplyDelete
Thanks for the reminder that we can get off the train to Crazytown .;-)ReplyDelete
That train to Crazytown go anywhere near Ottawa?Delete
Funny enough, some friends of my human had a punk rock crash pad in the 1980s called Disgraceland - it was quite a famous place here in L.A.!ReplyDelete
That is the problem with peeps, some of them just weren't meant to travel!ReplyDelete
So no more Midnight Trains to Georgia then?? *teehee*ReplyDelete
That's so true! Someone Mommy knows recently got off the train but seem to be considering getting right back on it. What's up with that?ReplyDelete
Hey Nissy, We're wondering what happened to bring about this post. It is excellent advice, but why now? We are quite sure you would never get on that train. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista JoReplyDelete
Well, I was watchin' the news on Monday and...Delete
And yes, I DO watch the news. Peep was ticklin' my tummy at the time so I was kind of multi-tasking.Delete
dood....wise werds two day......N thiz iz why ewe will never catch a kitteh ona traine....!!!ReplyDelete
We agree! JUST. SAY. NO. Simple as a cat. (Wait, we're complex. Right?)ReplyDelete
I have never know a cat that got on a train before!!!ReplyDelete
Nerissa! Wes so furry happy yous explained it so well to us! Thanks yous!ReplyDelete
That's a really great post, Nissy. Very wise. Yes, it's true ... if the train is going to a destination you don't want to go to, don't get on. If you are already on the train ... get off at the next stop!ReplyDelete
Great advice Nerissa, my Mom doesn't get railroaded because she carefully chooses who she allows to be close to her. People don't like it but hey, that's tough, they can take another train :)ReplyDelete
Yup, 'cause there are ALWAYS plenty of trains at the station. purrsDelete
Yup - just say NO.ReplyDelete
Excellent post! Trains can take you for nice rides but some can derail for sure. You are very wise sweet Nerissa and have given advice that peeps would do well to never forget. Hugs and nose kissesReplyDelete
Mes LOVES Tuxies!!!ReplyDelete
Me is also purraying they gets a home together!
Ha ha! Yip, that train to disgrace is a popular ride! And you're quite right, it's bound to slow down at some point and that's the time to jump off...ReplyDelete
another wise post my pal!ReplyDelete
Nissy, sometimes all the advice and warnings just can't stop someone from hopping on that old train anyway......some lessons come the HARD way I guess (so says my Mom). Love the new bling page - I've GOT to get my Mom working on doing that......makes for a "neater" bloggy for sure! BRAVO!ReplyDelete
Kitty Hugs, Sammy
Wise words indeed and yep we are off the train over here...we certainly are not going to la-la land. Love the fact you pointed out that those that lured you on are on the same road to disaster. Serves them right. Have a tremendous Thursday.ReplyDelete
Best wishes Molly
Truly. MomKatt believes that, if you are unsure which way to go on something, the best thing to do is NOTHING until you've had time to consider more deeply. "When in doubt, do nothing" is her motto. And she does NOT let anyone do her thinking for her! Pffft! At least she's absorbed ONE cat trait, right, Nissy? ;-)ReplyDelete
Purrs my furriend!
Great blog Nissy! You're a very wise kitteh. Peeps and kittehs should listen to your advise. It could save them a lot of heartache, disgrace and maybe even fleas. MOL! Love from the five furbabies and me.ReplyDelete
What about when a stoopid huwoman grabs you from your peaceful nap and stuffs you into a PTU and takes you against your will to the stabby place? We don't go by train, otherwise I would get off quick as you like!!!ReplyDelete
Troubled of Wales
Hmmm... I think that in that case, that WOULD be railroadin', for sure. May the purrs be with you.Delete
You are one very smart Kitty!!ReplyDelete
ummm...well Mom Linda and her travel friend, in 2005, had a real life rail road to disaster experience...in China...booked a really nice Yangtze River Cruise on Viking, their Singaporean (the friend was working there then) travel agent sent them to the real VIking web site, lovely ship, they added that old cruise to the 3 week trip...and when they saw their "cruise" ship...it was more like a refitted barge with the name 'Viking" painted on it. They couldn't speak Chinese so onto that stinky boat they went for 3 days...too Mom's friend several months, she is a lawyer from England, but they got a partial reimbursement from those peeps in Singapore. Only way off the boat was to have stayed on land with no place to go in a part of China where no one spoke English or jump ship on the Yangtze..ever see that river Nissy? You wouldn't wanna put even one paw in it cuz the pollution is so pawful! They made the best out of it they could and can laugh at it nowReplyDelete
You made my head hurt Nissy. I purrsonally have never been on a train at all, and my Human sais she's only been on trains she wanted to get on. So I was talking to the Human and she said she guessed that prolly you was talking about metta-forickal trains but that hurt my head even more so then I took a nap.ReplyDelete
We used to have trains, but then the tracks disappeared and now they are bike and walking paths. We missed the train by a few years.ReplyDelete