“There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.” ~Thornton Wilder
Culvert at Montebello, Virginia
Sometimes, we close the gap and no one even knows we’re there. Love seeps in and flows out, and the world around us continues living. We don’t ask for praise or recognition, we just do what we do for the better of all.
Bridge at Montebello, Virginia
Sometimes, our job is a little more obvious. We provide a safe place to cross or connect. We offer guardrails with tidbits of wisdom to hold onto when the journey feels unsteady. And sometimes, we even close down to protect those we love.
Crabtree Falls Automobile Bridge
Sometimes, we are the means to help others reach their destinations. We provide the strength, guidance,and drive they need to reach their dreams.
Crabtree Falls Foot Bridge Tyro, Virginia
Sometimes, we’re able to curve and bend. We offer beauty and peace in a world that is often filled with strife. We lead to places that can lift souls to the heavens.
Appalachian Trail Swinging Bridge Tyro, Virginia
Sometimes, the ability to stand and swing is looked upon as being dfifferent rather than unique. Sometimes, we must anchor down as we hang and sway midair. The more pressure upon us, the more unsteady we seem; however, our cables are tight and our base is steady. Our pliability is a matter of survival, and we become symbols of hope. We still offer a safe place to cross over the water while permitting insignificant issues to wash beneath us. It’s all a matter of enjoying the adventure and the view along the way.
Hops Bridge Massie’s Mill, Virginia
Sometimes, we are rugged tough. We are cemented down and allow all the extra to flow through, and if it’s still too much we just let it roll over us. We are dependable, trustworthy, and comfortable. We weather a bit, but we remain steadfast.
Wrought Iron Bridge at Oak Ridge Arrington, Virginia
Sometimes, we need a support system of sheer iron to endure the test of time. Sometimes, we are bridges of innovation, built with honor and courage. We carry truth for all the world to discern. We might look old and rickety, but wisdom comes from experience. Those who’ve transported heavy loads, carried others high above danger, and made stops where others never dared are ones to be respected for they truly exist with grace. Be sure to build your bridges strong enough for heavy loads to cross, and flexible enough to connect to those around you. Most of all, be careful which bridges you decide to burn because one day you might need a safe place to cross.
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