Cross the River

Building Bridges from Problems to Solutions

There is a raging river between where you are and where you need to go.

This is not a problem for you because you are a Bridge Builder.

The river would be a huge disappointment for most travellers, but you live for this, thrilled that this raging snake of water is eating up the land right between where you are and where you need to be.

As rivers so often do, this one has placed itself right between Problem-Ville and Solution-City.

The raging water always looks daunting at first, but it doesn’t have to create a sense of dread.

When we have not accepted our role as a Bridge Builder in this world, we freak out when we come upon a raging river like this. We react to the problem because we deeply fear that it can’t be solved. We quickly choose to believe that there’s no way to get across to Solution-City.

The river is a raging example of our great fear that most things will fail, good things will fall apart, and great things will never happen.

So, we step back, we stare at the river as it rages and, depressed, we raise a big white flag.

We don’t cross the river — we feel that we can’t. So, instead, we pitch our tent and our tombstone in Problem-Ville.

The most difficult problem to solve is never the river. The most difficult problem is always me. The most difficult problem is always you.

What we need is not to find easy land with no rivers, but to accept our calling as Bridge Builders — people who believe that any river can be crossed and any bridge can be built.

We need a generation of Problem Solvers — people who believe that any problem has the potential to be solved with possibilities that have not yet been considered.

We don’t need more people who simply point out that we can’t move to Solution-City because there’s a river raging in between.

We need people who remind us that we’re Bridge Builders and, for that reason, the raging river is always a sign that getting to the other side is what we’re made for.

Accept your calling as a Bridge Builder.


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This is Dose #41.

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