As a child, my biggest takeaway from this story was the power of positive thinking and that you can achieve big things even when they seem impossible. But when I read the story this time, something else stood out, beyond the Little Blue Engine thinking that it could, the engine first had a willingness to commit to help that train. It made me think about what I am willing to unselfishly hitch my wagon to. I thought, What am I doing for those that can never repay me? Who am I fully capable of helping but passing by? My thoughts reminded me of how small I am in comparison to the course that God has set out for me. We all know someone or some noble cause that may be stuck, what if I started the conversation to provoke people to hitch their wagon to that person, or cause? What would that world look like?
These thoughts, in that moment birthed The Little Engine Project.