Reflections by Ameyaw Mensah, Relite Administrator
For a Ghanaian in London there are lots of things he’ll
be impressed with and others he’ll be confused by. Yet there
is a third category: that which is both impressive and
confusing. I found that to be the big red circle with a
blue line across - the Underground railway network!
This day was one of my early moments of navigating the
Underground alone. Excited about the prospects of getting to
my destination safely but nervous about missing my trains and not meeting my appointment
So here I was, finally having to use the underground after changing from the over
ground train. I was able to follow the direction to where I needed to board a train
travelling on the Northern Line. My sense of fulfilment and achievement began to
ebb out when I realised there were two trains in that area going in opposite directions.
It was not enough just to know I needed to travel on a Northern line, I had to know
which direction I had to travel.
Noticing that both trains were about to leave, I became more nervous knowing that
I was just about to miss my train. With the assistance of one worker, I hopped onto
one of the trains which would take me to my destination – or so I thought!
‘The next station is Bank’ – it was announced
on the train. To the mum with the child sitting
opposite me, it meant she had to put her
luggage together – it was time to alight. To the
students sitting adjacent to me, it meant they
could continue chatting and giggling – Bank
was not their destination. But what did it mean
‘The next station is Bank’. I was in the wrong
train! And travelling in the opposite direction to
my destination. The train I needed was a
Northern Line, travelling south; but I was in a
Northern Line travelling north.
How often have we quickly jumped onto the wrong ‘Trains’ in life? The destination
was happiness, so we, following the lead of friends, hopped onto the ‘train’ of relationship
only to find out that we were heading in the wrong direction. The ‘stops’ have been
guilt, frustration, prayerlessness.
Perhaps, the destination was financial stability, so you got on the ‘work train’
in the bank, in the factory. Pause for a moment and review the direction this ‘train’
is taking you. Are you going in the right direction?
‘The next station is Bank’ meant I had to get off the train - I was going in the
wrong direction. Will you get off your ‘train’? Will you heed the caution your ‘stops’