No interesting detours. Or dead ends.
No trail of bread crumbs to show us the way back. And, if the bridge is a Thing of Beauty, so much the better.
Because beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. What’s beautiful to me may not be beautiful to you.
To each his own, as they say.
I live within easy walking distances of three bridges. All of them arch over the barge canal, better known as the Erie Canal. Which feeds into the Genesee River.
Which, if you follow the path it takes through the city, eventually becomes High Falls. Kind of takes your breath away, doesn’t it?
Which is not my main point, but which makes for an inspirational interlude.
Two of the bridges that I can walk to are made out of iron, or steel. And, the water beneath them is a placid thing. It’s canal water. So, for the most part, it’s surface is flat.
Sometime in November, the canal itself gets drained of water. Which is neither here nor there. People (and vehicles) still have to get across to the other side.
I’ve walked all three of my dogs across these three bridges. They’re not always comfortable doing this, but they trust me to take them safely to the other side.
Which kind of gets me back to my main point about bridges. What they represent.
On the one hand, they are architectural short-cuts for travelers. Always have been. Always will be. They provide safe passage over what would otherwise be insurmountable obstacles.
Looked at another way, they are a way for us to measure how we make decisions. Some of the decisions we make are as easy as figuring out what we’ll have for breakfast. Other decisions –
1. Should I take this job?
2. Are you the right person for me to marry?
3. Is it time to move to another city?
4. Can I trust you?
These kinds of decisions require us to build our own bridges; bridges that we hope will be strong enough to help us find our way to our Earthly Paradise.
And, if we’re strong enough inside – where it counts – we’ll know how to build these bridges. And, if we’re stronger yet, we’ll recognize when it’s time to either walk safely to the other side or when it’s time to jump off. [gplus count=”true” size=”Medium” ]