Remarkability is the Golden Gate Bridge between “This Moment” & “Your Legacy”

Remarkability is Creating a Path and a Bridge from the Life You Live to the Life You were MEANT to Live

I have had the opportunity over the last year to see some pretty remarkable places. I stood at the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. I saw the power of two oceans meeting each other creating some of the most dangerous passage areas in the world. I stood on the edge of the Grand Canyon. One can only stare in awe of something so magnificent. I stood on top of an ice glacier in Alaska. I saw the blue light come from the massive ice flow. Each of those was an amazing experience.

Last month I stood on the mountain overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge on the north side. It was early in the morning, the sun was peeking through the clouds, and the fog seemed to be interwoven into parts of the bridge. Some places you could see the bridge. At other points it was hidden. Standing at a distance it seemed scary for cars and pedestrians to keep moving forward not knowing where the bridge led. Did it end, what was at the other side? Would it take me in the right direction?

I stood in amazement as I watched the hundreds of cars zoom across the bridge with no hesitation or reservation. Their thoughts were not on the bridge, how it was built, what direction was it taking them, or did it end. They most likely were enjoying the beauty of crossing the bridge and of arriving at their final destination.

I sat in silence. I sat in awe of one of the greatest bridges in the world. The Golden Gate Bridge got its name from Captain John C. Fremont in 1846. The name really referred to the strait- the OPENINING that the bridge SPANNED. The strait led to some of the richest, fertile land along the western coast of the United States. California would become known as the fruit, vegetable and bread basket of the West.

The history and development is just as powerful. The idea of the bridge and its initial vision was passed in the California State Legislature on May 25, 1923. The final plans were submitted on August 27, 1930……….over 7 years later. Construction finally began on January 5th, 1933. The bridge opened on May 27, 1937 to pedestrians and the following day to automobiles.

From the vision to its REALIZATION ……………14 years! So what does that have to do with you and I?

I think there are two huge lessons we all can learn from about the building of the bridge: The first is your life represents a ‘golden gate’ to millions of others.  The second is your life is a safety net for those who will follow you. Your courage to LET YOUR LIFE SPEAK is the catalyst for others! We have no choice but TO BE PART OF A GLOBAL HUMAN REVOLUTION!

The first lesson:

I BELIEVE EACH OF US HAS A GOLDEN GATE. I BELIEVE EACH OF US HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO STAND AT THE OPENING OF A GOLDEN GATE. THE QUESTION ISN’T WHETHER WE HAVE a GATE! THE QUESTION YOU MUST ASK YOUR SELF IS…… “WILL YOU CROSS OVER, PASS THROUGH TO THE LIFE YOU TRULY WERE MEANT TO LIVE?”

For those of you who decide to take the journey, for those of you who leave the safety of the ‘known’….…for those of you who take the first step, then the second, then the third, you only have one option……………….YOU MUST FINSIH THE JOURNEY……….NO MATTER WHAT THE OBSTACLES OR THE AMOUNT OF TIME IT TAKES!

Imagine if the designers, builders, and workers stopped half-way as they were building the Golden Gate Bridge. What would have happened if they decided it was taking too long and too much effort? Imagine the impact for the last 73 years if we COULDN’T pass to the other side.

See………….. you don’t have a choice about letting your life speak. It is not something that is optional….. your gift, your life lesson is the bridge and path to help others. When we are not true to ourselves, we build homes that will not stand, we build relationships that will shatter and dreams that will become nightmares. YOU are the bridge to millions of people who will follow. You are the key link to helping others reach their destination. You will literally save someone’s life. Without you others will stand on the mountain, see the richness that is at their fingertips, but never taste the honey of the life they were meant to live.

It took 14 years to build one of the most awe inspiring bridges in the world. Fourteen short years to create an international symbol of hope to the millions who come to see and walk across it.

Yet……………WE quit before we even start. “It’s too hard, that won’t work, people will laugh at me, I have a family to support, I need more education, more skills, more money, I need to write a book first…..” We are not short on excuses. Why aren’t we as quick with reasons WHY to do it….to make a difference ….as we are with reasons why NOT to do it!!!…let’s focus on answers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know you can do this!!!!!!! If we DO start………….we then quit because it takes too long. Our lives are not worth 14 years? The lives of others are not worth 14 years? You dedicate 18 years to your child, you HOPE for a life time with your spouse of significant other. DO we question that time?

Is 14 years not worth leaving A LIFE OF INTENTIONAL LEGACY BEHIND, A PATH FOR OTHERS TO FIND THEIR WAY? IS NOT 14 YEARS WORTH LEAVING A GOLDEN GATE FOR OTHERS TO REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL? You need to understand that once the golden gate is created, once the bridge has been built……………IT STANDS FOREVER. YOU TRULY LEAVE A LEGACY BEHIND! You will become a bridge that others will cross on their way. They will cross with confidence, hope and determination.

We cannot allow TIME to be an excuse! Each day we must move forward no matter how small the step. Today will you take a step? Any step? Today will you take a step for someone else? Will you take a step for someone you don’t know? If we help only one ………….we have given our life tremendous value.

So I already know what you’re thinking. You’re scared. Your mind is coming up with more excuses than you had before. I know, because I have been there. I also know I get stronger every day.

Fear is the number one thing that keeps us from taking that step! There were 11 deaths in building the Golden Gate Bridge! They estimated there would be over 35. One death per million in construction costs. The reality was very few perished. The rate was so low because they put a safety net underneath the floor of the bridge. If someone did misstep the net would catch the men.

This is your second lesson from the bridge!

We too have a safety net. All those who have led the way in letting their lives speak have shown us we can do the same. We also must be the safety net for those who will follow behind us! When I think of a safety net, I think of the rope that supports it. They say a cord of three strands is not easily broken. Our strand is built upon three of the keys of remarkability- our vision of purpose, our belief in our gifts, and our ability to act. It will support us and those we carry, help and show the way too.

You must believe that failure is not an option.

You are the bridge and safety net for others. I want you to imagine yourself as the human bridge for thousands of people. Because of you others will cross without hesitation. They will speed to their destination………….confident that the bridge will carry them to the other side. For those who are gripped in fear, you will represent the safety net that will keep them from falling. Each of us has no idea how truly powerful we are. Each of us has no idea how much impact we can have on the world. Some of our impact we make out of choice, some of the impact comes from just being ourselves, from letting our lives speak

You must be true to your gift. If we are not ………….all those who have failed, lost, died in trying have died in vain.

You must be true to your gift. Your purpose is your gift….your gift is your calling, your calling is to save lives in a way only you can! This is the ultimate communication….your whole life speaking! Together we stand on one side of the golden gate…together we can cross. Together we can be the safety net. Together we can make a difference. Together we can save lives.

I dare you!

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