I was lucky enough to hear Paul Simon sing Bridge Over Troubled Water in concert this past week. The lyrics to this iconic tune as well as so many of his other memorable songs ring true to me today as powerfully as they did when I first heard them on my transistor radio, record albums or in the classic movie, The Graduate. Music can bind together gender, generations, culture, background, race, and religion. It is a universal bridge.
As powerful storms wreak havoc on so many of our neighbors in the United States and the world, it’s hard not to think about bridging the troubled waters life presents us with. How can we connect together as the world around us swirls apart? Bridges come in all sizes, shapes, and forms. They are a link that join together.
Bridging can go beyond a physical structure. Daily living gives us ample opportunities to unify relationships, connect within our neighborhoods, and reach out to understand parts of the world that are so different from ours. Bonding together helps strengthen all sides. Be the bridge.