The ability to see past challenges rather than stare at it…


The other day (at work) we were discussing “Achievements” what have you achieved in your life. What hurdles have you over come, what mile stones have you set and surpassed in your life. Or maybe you were just, “Getting by on getting by…” (a song by Jerry Jeff Walker)  But what have you achieved. What milestones have you accomplished that when you leave this earth,  people will say that you have done while you were alive.

Warrior Poet Wisdom

posted a poem called, Highlight

Miro’s post Highlight touches on the same topic as achievement. A challenge to look back and Highlight one event in your day. I recommend you go and read his wisdom writes. He recently just wrote what I call a chronicle of poems, called;

Code of  Bushido, Rectitude, Courage, Benevolence, Respect, Honor, Loyalty,  

These are inspirational and well worth the read. But today’s topic, determination… is a quality that Miro radiates. I hope that some of you will read his words of wisdom from this true peaceful warrior.

Miro, has a new book out called; Warrior Poet Wisdom; Vol I, Peace

and I see he has now posted  Vol II, Strength…


Then on this same topic, Tim Coffey posted on his blog;

caffeine for the creative mind

a wonderful piece of art about; How High Have You Climbed in Life




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 . 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.




(moral; 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 realized with determination and persistence, no matter what the odds are.)


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


the symbol for determination


may your day be filled with a determined spirit


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10 thoughts on “determination

  1. Art, as always, I am SO GRATEFUL for your posts which remind me of facts long forgotten and BEST REMEMBERED and LIVED BY in the now! What if Roeblings had not had a wife with such a patience, steadfast, and sensitive arm? By the way I have nominated for Most Versatile Blogger and for Liebster blogger award (even though you may have more than 200 followers?)

  2. A beautiful story. So true sometimes we do not know what we are truly capable of until we are faced with a new and difficult challenge. I can attests to it personally as my health challenges often pose hurdles I must climb. Thank you for your visits to my blog. I wish you a week filled with joy. Be Well–Hugs, Katherine

  3. Thank you very much for this post. I am frequently surprised with my own determination. When I have a moment of feeling worn down and hopeless, from somewhere inside the determination and perseverance bubbles out. Since this is a focus on my blog, I will re-blog if I have your permission. I will wait for your reply.

  4. A great Post Art…. we often forget our inner strength and that determination until we are faced with a challenge that tests out Spirit.. This is why we are given the lessons.. so we rise to them..

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