How do we continue to learn from the trains?
Read the first half of this post here.
When you strive to apply everyday philosophy, our new friend provided us a great opportunity to see that sometimes the trains don’t come and go, they stay - and so does that sound she found so irritating.
Prior to coming to Caliente Hot Glass, I was neutral about the trains, because I met them irregularly. Plenty of people love the trains and find comfort in their sound. I am so fascinated by this range of feeling - opposition, indifference, appreciation - all about the same thing. Noise.
Noise is all around us, not just audible noise, but also interpersonal, internal, and so on. What’s great about the trains is they’re a nice neutral example to practice philosophical concepts like radical acceptance. Then with practice, it’s easier to move on to harder or more complex things - like life. Here the trains may come twice a day or twice an hour, so I should be an expert by now right? Not quite, but I’m happy to keep practicing and share whatever we can.
The trains exist, and where would we be without them? There are plenty of reasons to be grateful for the trains, considering the constant flow of goods held in their cars, but for us, we have another reason: happiness.
That's our philosophy, what do you think?