The Bridge Builder

Today’s Monday Motivation coincides with a quote I saw when I woke up this morning. Read this poem and then see what the quote is at the end of this post.

The Bridge Builder

An old man going a lone highway came,
at the evening cold and gray
to a chasm vast and deep and wide.

The old man crossed in the twilight dim.
The sullen stream held no fear for him;
but he turned when safe on the other side
and built a bridge to span the tide.

“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting your strength with building here; your journey will end with the ending day. You never again will pass this way.
You’ve crossed the chasm, deep and wide.
Why build this bridge at evening tide?”

The builder lifted his old gray head.
“Good friend, on the path I have come,” he said, “There followed after me today
a youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been naught to me
to that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim.
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him.”

The quote I started my day with today is this – “The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.”

The most important thing you can leave behind is your knowledge and experience. If you do nothing else today, impart your life lessons with others, teach them that which you have learned for yourself. Be the bridge builder of the chasm deep and wide, and light the path for that fair-haired youth who must cross it in the twilight dim.

To Bridge Builders,

Chiao Kee

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