Stay On Track (Keep It Moving) – Tea and Opportunity


“Time goes faster the more hollow it is. Lives with no meaning go straight past you, like trains that don’t stop at your station.”
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

This Carlos Ruiz Zafón quote poignantly describes my waiting for a local train while watching several express trains speed past my station.

(For all the new Straight From The Leaf readers, this unapologetic tea aficionado is an unlimited riding, MetroCard-carrying, commuter of New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA).)

Whenever we feel stuck, it makes us question both our travel plans and the modes we choose:

What is the best station for the destination?

How long will this delay last?

What if opportunity put us in the engineer’s cabin seat to drive the train?


(That’s an idea to contemplate over a cuppa, isn’t it? Let’s pour a cup of tea together.)

Recalling our physics studies, we understand the heavier the object, the more effort required to start its movement. Once in motion, it picks up speed and then requires another force to slow and stop it.

In other words, preparation for making massive moves does not happen in a vacuum.

20131019-145129.jpgThe more complex the equipment, the more essential our need to surround ourselves with skilled and trustworthy individuals committed to our progress.

Do whatever it takes to learn how the equipment operates from those who know. Lives ride upon what we practice. Refuse to cheat, be derailed, and taken out of service.

20131019-153010.jpgWe’ll never stay stuck as long as we’re willing to gain new knowledge. Apply the lessons grasped and put everything into gear.
Inside the Rail Car Lab at Brooklyn’s East New York High School for Transit Technology, also known as Transit Tech, the MTA-donated subway rail cars provide tangible opportunity for high school students to study how to assemble, repair, and operate the massive and complex machinery.

Daily they learn how to keep it moving.

We can too.

For all the good tea people who feel stuck, raise up your cups.

Step into the center of the train.

Watch the closing doors, please.

It’s time to move.
20131019-163418.jpg(Special thanks to all the alumni, students, parents, and staff past and present of Transit Tech High School.)


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