Bridges are structures designed to cross an open space or gap. When most people think of bridges, they think of crossing a body of water, valley, or road without hindering what’s underneath the bridge. The bridge is designed for providing a passage over the obstacle, which is often difficult to cross. Some bridges are unique because a pathway has been provided for you to walk alongside the bridge in order to get to the other side. Finally, bridges serve a particular purpose and are designed by bridge builders for different situations.
The concept of the bridge is very important when you think of people. As I begin to narrow my 2020 vision, I want to focus on how we can become bridges of society. As a bridge builder, we can use our knowledge, skills, and abilities to help bring people together. When we become the bridge builder, we can often become the catalyst that introduces opportunities and learning experiences to others, allowing them to find and use their gifts. We have all heard the saying, “Be the bridge.” Well, today is a great time to start.
If there were no bridge builders, many people would never know what is on the other side of the river, lake, stream, valley or ocean. In other words, without bridge builders, so many people would never know what they could have become. Remember, when we share our experiences, education, testimonies, wisdom, resources, stories, advice, connections, and gifts, we become a bridge of opportunity, possibility, and vision for those who have never seen what is on the other side.
So, I am challenging you for the year 2020. Don’t be a wall, a border, or a blockade. Instead, be a bridge builder and usher someone over to a bright new future.
Dr. Regina Banks-Hall