Saturday, June 17, 2006

Mission Lizzie's Childhood Reality Dream


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 injured and left with a certain amount of brain damage, which resulted in him not being able to walk or talk or even move.

"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.

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

I am working towards realising one of my many childhood fantasies. I attempted it once but I failed. Nonetheless, I was proud of myself because I took the first step by plucking up my courage and throwing myself into a world that was so foreign to me but which I envied from afar.

However, things are improving now. Alhamdullillah. Eventhough the improvements (in myself) does not guarantee the success of making that fantasy a reality, I am willing to give it another try. The people around me are doubtful. I made a mistake of asking for their opinion - on whether they think I can achieve it. Despite the dissappointing answers, I believe in myself. I will try my very best to make it through this time.

Just like Roebling, I am certain that the journey will not be smooth sailing but I am strong. I am certain too that there will be circumstances as well as people who will try to break my dreams.

I really hope that I can achieve it. Besides the amount of efforts I shall put in, I will continue to pray to ALLAH s.w.t and hopefully, HE will guide me through this - whatever the outcome may be.

I guess it was a blessing that YOU came and went. The strength I am finding in myself now is what keeps me going and will get me through this mission of mine. Insya ALLAH. Wish me luck, my dears.


Fizzzzzz said...

You don't need luck cos you believe in yourself...dats what's important baby!

Amby_OFFsPrinG said...

Lizzie to Fizzz - fizah, U ARE SUCH A SWEETHEART! thx, girl...

Mariah said...

*thumbs up* Go lizzie go! *Mar does the pom pom dance..* hehe..All da best, babe.. May Allah SWT be w u throughout ur life's journey.. Amin..

Naura Faiqah said...

hmmm u know...i've already achieved one of my childhood fantasy/ambition and that is to be a chicher..hehe serious!!!

dun think so much about what ppl WILL think cos they will bring you so down. go ahead with what you wanna do as long as you know your own limits.

jgn lah yg membahayakan diri kau plak. kalau tu kau tk nk dgr ckp org, aku terajang aje! kekekekekekeke @}--Fai--{@

Amby_OFFsPrinG said...

Lizzie to mariah - Insya ALLAH. thx for the well wishes, sweetie. *muahks*

Lizzie to naura faiqah - u've always had the potensi of cheacher, lah fai. hehehehe
terajang? bring it on beh beh! hehehehe....kidding.. d;D