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The Brooklyn Bridge


 Posted about 1 year ago

[b]Nice story[/b] :heart: Determination and persistence In 1883, a creative engineer named John Roebling was inspired by an idea to build a spectacular bridge connecting New York with the Long Island. However bridge building experts throughout the world thought that this was an impossible feat and told Roebling to forget the idea. It just could not be done. It was not practical. It had never been done before. Roebling could not ignore the vision he had in his mind of this bridge. He thought about it all the time and he knew deep in his heart that it could be done. He just had to share the dream with someone else. After much discussion and persuasion he managed to convince his son Washington, an up and coming engineer, that the bridge in fact could be built. Working together for the first time, the father and son developed concepts of how it could be accomplished and how the obstacles could be overcome. With great excitement and inspiration, and the headiness of a wild challenge before them, they hired their crew and began to build their dream bridge. The project started well, but when it was only 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.” Everyone had a negative comment to make and felt that the project should be scrapped since the Roeblings were the only ones who knew how the bridge could be built. In spite of his handicap Washington was never discouraged and still had a burning desire to complete the bridge and his mind was still as sharp as ever. 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 on his bed in his hospital room, with the sunlight streaming through the windows, a gentle breeze blew the flimsy white curtains apart and he was able to see the sky and the tops of the trees outside for just a moment. It seemed that there was a message for him not to give up. Suddenly an idea hit him. All he could do was move one finger and he decided to make the best use of it. By moving this, he slowly developed a code of communication with his wife. He touched his wife’s arm with that finger, indicating to her that 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. For 13 years Washington tapped out his instructions with his finger on his wife’s arm, until the bridge was finally completed. Today the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge stands in all its glory as a tribute to the triumph of one man’s indomitable spirit and his determination not to be defeated by circumstances. It is also a tribute to the engineers and their team work, and to their faith in a man who was considered mad by half the world. It stands too as a tangible monument to the love and devotion of his wife who for 13 long years patiently decoded the messages of her husband and told the engineers what to do. Perhaps this is one of the best examples of a never-say-die attitude that overcomes a terrible physical handicap and achieves an impossible goal. [b]Often when we face obstacles in our day-to-day life, our hurdles seem very small in comparison to what many others have to face. The Brooklyn Bridge shows us that dreams that seem impossible can be realised with determination and persistence, no matter what the odds are.[/b] [img]https://i.imgur.com/JUUY3Hi.png[/img]
Nice story

Determination and persistence

In 1883, a creative engineer named John Roebling was inspired by an idea to build a spectacular bridge connecting New York with the Long Island. However bridge building experts throughout the world thought that this was an impossible feat and told Roebling to forget the idea. It just could not be done. It was not practical. It had never been done before.



Roebling could not ignore the vision he had in his mind of this bridge. He thought about it all the time and he knew deep in his heart that it could be done. He just had to share the dream with someone else. After much discussion and persuasion he managed to convince his son Washington, an up and coming engineer, that the bridge in fact could be built.

Working together for the first time, the father and son developed concepts of how it could be accomplished and how the obstacles could be overcome. With great excitement and inspiration, and the headiness of a wild challenge before them, they hired their crew and began to build their dream bridge.

The project started well, but when it was only 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.”

Everyone had a negative comment to make and felt that the project should be scrapped since the Roeblings were the only ones who knew how the bridge could be built.

In spite of his handicap Washington was never discouraged and still had a burning desire to complete the bridge and his mind was still as sharp as ever. 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 on his bed in his hospital room, with the sunlight streaming through the windows, a gentle breeze blew the flimsy white curtains apart and he was able to see the sky and the tops of the trees outside for just a moment.

It seemed that there was a message for him not to give up. Suddenly an idea hit him. All he could do was move one finger and he decided to make the best use of it. By moving this, he slowly developed a code of communication with his wife.

He touched his wife’s arm with that finger, indicating to her that 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.

For 13 years Washington tapped out his instructions with his finger on his wife’s arm, until the bridge was finally completed. Today the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge stands in all its glory as a tribute to the triumph of one man’s indomitable spirit and his determination not to be defeated by circumstances. It is also a tribute to the engineers and their team work, and to their faith in a man who was considered mad by half the world. It stands too as a tangible monument to the love and devotion of his wife who for 13 long years patiently decoded the messages of her husband and told the engineers what to do.

Perhaps this is one of the best examples of a never-say-die attitude that overcomes a terrible physical handicap and achieves an impossible goal.

Often when we face obstacles in our day-to-day life, our hurdles seem very small in comparison to what many others have to face. The Brooklyn Bridge shows us that dreams that seem impossible can be realised with determination and persistence, no matter what the odds are.





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Mirjana & Igor C.

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 Posted about 1 year ago

Thank you Mirjana for sharing this wonderful story of dreams and their achievements with us. You know, although I'm still dreaming in the third age and I do everything I can to accomplish my dreams. I think I'm on the right way. Many have already realized their dreams related to this business, but they continue to commit themselves and selflessly help others realize that. [img]https://i.imgur.com/caLdihR.png[/img].
Thank you Mirjana for sharing this wonderful story of dreams and their achievements with us.
You know, although I'm still dreaming in the third age and I do everything I can to accomplish my dreams.
I think I'm on the right way.
Many have already realized their dreams related to this business, but they continue to commit themselves and selflessly help others realize that.

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Anđa E.

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 Posted about 1 year ago

So inspiring I have made up my mind to continue with SFI that seems impossible. Thank u
So inspiring I have made up my mind to continue with SFI that seems impossible. Thank u
Sunday M.

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 Posted about 1 year ago

Wow. What a story, so inspiring. I just read the rest of the details on Wikipedia. This is something I had never heard about before, thanks for sharing!
Wow. What a story, so inspiring. I just read the rest of the details on Wikipedia. This is something I had never heard about before, thanks for sharing!
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Birdie H.

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 Posted about 1 year ago

It's a great story. Today, there are people who realize their dreams. [b]But they are rare.[/b] More people stay in the comfort zone. You are Mirjana's example of rare people in this business Thank you Biserka
It's a great story. Today, there are people who realize their dreams.
But they are rare. More people stay in the comfort zone.
You are Mirjana's example of rare people in this business
Thank you
Biserka
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Biserka N.

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 Posted about 1 year ago

Awesome story. I guess stressing about not getting any new PSA's so far this month is a bit pathetic in comparison.
Awesome story. I guess stressing about not getting any new PSA's so far this month is a bit pathetic in comparison.
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Phill R.

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 Posted about 1 year ago

A great story from a great person and a great leader.. Thanks Mirjana :heart:
A great story from a great person and a great leader..
Thanks Mirjana
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Goran N.

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 Posted about 1 year ago

Hi Mirjana, Thank you for sharing the story, a strong desire, determination and persistance will win all ods.
Hi Mirjana,

Thank you for sharing the story, a strong desire, determination and persistance will win all ods.
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Basavaraj V.

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 Posted about 1 year ago

What astonishing, brilliant story ?
What astonishing, brilliant story ?
sashka p.

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 Posted about 1 year ago

A very inspirational story, thank you for sharing it!
A very inspirational story, thank you for sharing it!
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Jelena S.

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 Posted about 1 year ago

This is a very touching, thought provoking and inspiring story. Learning never to give up on what i have started. Thank you for sharing. Gloria
This is a very touching, thought provoking and inspiring story. Learning never to give up on what i have started.
Thank you for sharing.

Gloria
gloria M.

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 Posted about 1 year ago

This is a great story, thanks!
This is a great story, thanks!

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