“Throw caution to the wind and just do it.” – Carrie Underwood
In 1883, John Roebling was inspired to build a bridge connecting New York with, Long Island. Bridge building experts throughout the world said it was impossible; they told him to forget it. It couldn’t be done. It was not practical, it had never been done. He thought about it all the time and was convinced it could be done. He shared the dream with his son, Washington, an up-coming engineer.
Working together for the first time, the father and son developed ways on how it will be done and how the obstacles could be overcome. With great excitement and inspiration, they hired their crew and began. The project started. A few months underway a tragic accident on the site took the life of John Roebling. Washington was also injured and left with a certain amount of brain damage, which resulted in him not being able to talk or walk. “We told them so.” “Crazy men and their crazy dreams.” “It’s foolish to chase wild visions.” In spite of his situation, Washington was never discouraged and still had a burning desire to complete the bridge and his mind was intact. He tried to inspire and pass on his enthusiasm to some of his friends, but they were too daunted by the task.
As he lay in his hospital bed, it seemed that there was a message for him not to give up – an idea hit him. All he could do was move one finger and he decided to make the best use of it – he developed a code of communication with his wife. He touched his wife’s arm with that finger, he wanted her to call the engineers again. Then he used the same method of tapping her arm to tell the engineers what to do. It seemed foolish but the project was under way again. Washington tapped out his instructions with his finger on his wife’s arm, for 13 years until the bridge was completed.
Today the Brooklyn Bridge stands in all its glory as a tribute to the triumph of one man’s indomitable spirit and his determination to not be defeated by circumstances.
It’s amazing how people will always see reasons why any venture will not be successful. They can go ahead and preach a “demotivational” sermon on why it can’t be done…but do you imagine what life would’ve been today if great men; Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, The Wright brothers, Alexander Graham Bell and so on believed it couldn’t be done? Terrible! That’s how it’d have been.
Beloved, we often face obstacles, and difficulties in our day-to-day life. The Brooklyn Bridge shows us that those dreams that seem impossible can be realized with determination and persistence, no matter the odds. “Just Do It” regardless.