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Dreamers and Doers !

The world needs dreamers and
the world needs doers.
But above all,
the world needs dreamers who do.

~Sarah Ban Breathnach,
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, 1996

Thought for the month!

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It was his dream to build but 'they' said that it could not be built !


After sixty years of political, financial and technical wrangling John Roebling's plan was approved. In 1869, The New York Bridge Company was formed and the construction of the bridge finally began.

The bridge was built over a period of 14 years after overcoming enormous challenges. At the outset Roebling died as a result of an accident ; a fire in the Brooklyn Caisson smoldered for weeks.

Roebling's son, Washington, who took over as chief engineer, ended up suffering a crippling attack of the 'bends' (Caisson disease) during the construction of the Manhattan Caisson. From this point on, he remained painfully paralyzed and became known as "the man in the window," as he never returned to the site of the Brooklyn Bridge, but watched it through a spyglass from his townhouse. Roebling was determined to see the construction of the bridge to completion. He directed the construction from his townhouse; his wife Emily Roebling acted as an intermediary between the Colonel and his bridge.

Finally John Roebling's dream was realized through his son Washington's determined effort. On May 24, 1883, with schools and businesses closed, the Brooklyn Bridge, also referred to as the "Great East River Bridge", was opened. Scores of people attended this spectacular ribbon cutting event. Over 100 years later, its renowned beauty and stature is still admired by many New Yorkers and tourists alike.

Perhaps this is one of the best examples of a never-say-die attitude where Washington overcome a terrible physical handicap and achieved 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.

Even the most distant dream can be realized with determination and persistence!

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