Monday, May 18, 2009

The Wright Dream

Took a trip to the Outer Banks this past weekend for a wedding. Stayed at a wonderful place, the oldest hotel on the island, Days Inn at Nags Head.

I’ve dodged going to the Outer Banks for decades because it was so hard to get to them; two lane roads, lots of trucks, lots of small towns to slow the drive. But now, with the new interstate and intrastate 4-lanes, it’s a breeze! Three-and-a-half hours and you’re there! It takes about the same amount of time to get to Myrtle Beach.

I rented a bicycle and took off for a ride on Saturday morning and realized I was staying about a half-mile from the Wright Memorial. For the entire bike ride I thought about how much the Wright Brothers must have wanted to fulfill their dream of man-powered flight.

They had looked across the United States to find the best place for the wind they needed and it was at Jockey’s Ridge, North Carolina. Needless to say, the Wright Brothers did not have the highways I enjoyed, they had trains, wagons, and ferries. They lived in hotels and tents with no AC, no running water at times, nor any indoor bathrooms. Believe me, camping at the beach is not the idyllic experience it might seem.

And how many hours did they spend tramping up and down the sand dunes carrying the gliders, and then the machine-powered craft?

But, they did it, and there are machines on the moon and spinning through space that are testaments to their imagination, initiative, courage, and just…flat out…step…by…step…determination.

What dream do you have? What can you do today that gets you one small step closer to it?

The wonderful speaker, Jim Cathcart, says, “How would the person I’d like to be do the thing I’m about to do?”

Have a Perfect Week.

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