The story was told of a tightrope walker who inched his way across Niagara Falls. The crowd gazed in awe when he began and cheered when he accomplished the feat.
Then he turned to a man and said, “Do you think I could carry someone across?” “Sure,” the man replied.
“Let’s go then!” “No thanks!” the man exclaimed. So the tightrope asked another man, “What about you? Will you trust me?” “Yes, I will,” he said. That man climbed onto his shoulders and with the water roaring below they reached the other side.
Sometimes we really need to trust others in other to get to the next level. That also depends on how we live as individuals.
If we live an upright life and associate with men and women of integrity and high repute, achieving our dreams and aspirations becomes a little less tasking.
St. Thomas was born in 1225 near Aquinas, Italy, thus, the name Thomas Aquinas. By age fourteen, he was a student at the University of Naples.
From there he decided to become a Catholic priest, a Dominican. His family was not happy about his plan and developed a strategy to dissuade him.
They kidnapped him and held him for fifteen months, in hopes that he would change his mind. But he did not.
The family became more daring in their attempts. They arranged for him to be with a prostitute. That attempt likewise failed. Finally, they unsuccessfully offered to purchase for him the position of archbishop of Naples, a practice known as investiture and was common with the wealthy in the Middle Ages.
He became profoundly respected through his brilliant mind and voluminous writing, which earned him the nickname Angelic Doctor.
He attempted to reconcile two large bodies of thought: the writings of Aristotle (and other philosophers) and the Bible. So influential was he that his thinking was giving a name (based on his name). It is called Thomism.
Many followed his teaching, because his intellectual prowess and theological acumen commanded respect, and he got it.
Winston Churchill once observed, “What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place to live in after we are gone?”
Individuals who have great vision and how to go about achieving it will automatically have followers who buy into their dreams. They don’t go about begging for people to respect or fear them. They earn it.
In Germany, “experts” proved that if trains went as fast as 15 miles an hour – considered a frightful spread – blood would spurt from the traveler’s noses and passengers would suffocate when going through tunnels.
In the United States, “experts” said the introduction of the railroad would require the building of many insane asylums since people would be driven mad with terror at the sight of the locomotives.
When the idea of iron ships was proposed, “experts” insisted that they would not float, would damage more easily then wooden ships when grounding, that it would be difficult to preserve the iron bottom from rust, and that iron would play havoc with compass readings.
Do I need to remind you that The Wright Brothers were not given any chance by “experts” who insisted that it is impossible for an airplane to fly.
You see dear reader, one thing you can never think of is throwing in the towel at any point in time. You must keep going until you achieve what you want. If you must, you can alter your procedure, but keep at it till you succeed.
Now the question is: who is more qualified than you to believe in the beauty of your dreams? No change agent has ever been given a chance. And I doubt if yours will be different. So if need be, break the rules.
Culled from Uju Onyechere’s