Share Your Experiences

I want to encourage every reader to share all of their good and bad experiences with at least one other person, more if possible. Sharing your experience will help others when they are confronted with similar issues. Why help others? I think of the following poem answers that question.

A Bridge Builder
(Anonymous)

An old man going a lone highway
came at the evening, cold and grey,
to a chasm vast and wide and steep,
with waters rolling cold and deep.
The old man crossed in twilight dim,
the sullen stream had no fears 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 you this bridge at eventide?”

The builder lifted his old grey head,
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
“there followeth after me today
a youth whose feet must pass this way.
The chasm that was as nought 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.”

People ask be all the time why do I care, why do I want to help others. Well, I do what I do for the same reason I am asking you to share your experience: To build a bridge for the next person coming along that may not be able to cross the chasm, deep and wide.