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FAILURE TO DISEMBARK


There was an important business executive who boarded the New Orleans to Washington train. He had a very important business engagement and he needed to be awakened in order to get off the train in Atlanta about five o'clock in the morning. Since he was a heavy sleeper he found a porter and told him, "I want you to awaken me so that I might get off the train at five o'clock in the morning. Now I'm a heavy sleeper," he said. "It doesn't matter how much I fret and fuss and fume or what I do to you -- I have to get off the train in Atlanta. If you have to remove me bodily," he said, "you get me off that train in Atlanta."


Well, the next morning he awakened about 9 o'clock, having slept all night and having missed Atlanta, and found that he was speeding toward Washington. He located the porter and really poured it on with all sorts of abusive language, almost attacking the poor guy bodily. After he left, someone said to the porter, "How could you stand there and take that kind of talk from that man?" The porter said, rather bewildered, "That ain't nothin'! You should've heard that guy I put off in Atlanta!"


Too often we fail to get off at the right station and end up heading to where we do not want to go

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