Beyond the Bridge

A friend, a university professor, recently shared a story with me about how a mis-spoken sentence turned into a great learning and insight. Toward the end of his class, he was reviewing the course syllabus about what was ahead in the coming weeks.  When he got to talking about the final exam, he said: ” “We’ll get there when we cross that bridge.” With the class laughing, he realized that he had messed up this quote. He apologized and corrected himself saying, “I apologize. I meant to say, ‘we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.’

The next evening, he was laughing to himself thinking about his mix-up in words. At that moment, he had an enlightening thought that “we’ll get there when we cross that bridge” actually has a stronger meaning… we will only get there when we accomplish the challenges that lay ahead and that we will only get there if we are prepared and we finish what we set out to accomplish.

So simple is the message: the bridge isn’t the objective, it is stepping stone to what is beyond it that is the goal. Arthur Clarke wrote: “The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.” So it is in the life of great leaders – to challenge and stretch beyond their known limits and dream dreams undreamed and realize them… to get to the other side of “what is” to “what can be.” Yet, may we remember always the words of David Russell: “The hardest thing in life is knowing which bridges to burn and which bridges to cross.”

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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1 Response to Beyond the Bridge

  1. Mark Kantzler says:

    It seems as though, to me, things that once were or were saw as a bridge can become a limitation. On one hand, I don’t believe something that may be seen as good by someone else (on outside) is discussed as being a limiting and even debilitating factor. Perhaps some are meant to start as one and evolve. More importantly I think minds may become stuck or paralyzed by something that was a bridge but is no longer. This is helped by others or society telling that person that they are now just negative or unappreciative meanwhile they are not, yet their heart, mind, and/or spirit is chained.

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