Walking the Wire

June 21, 2012

What were you doing Friday night?  A lot of people were watching Nik Wallenda walk across Niagara Falls on a wire. Pretty impressive. I don’t want to rain on Nik’s parade, but I have always been a fan of the Great Blondin who made numerous walks across the Falls in the mid 1800s, including once pushing a wheelbarrow and once carrying his manager. Now, I understand that the Great made his journey across the gorge and not across the precipice of the falls, but he did it on a rope not a wire, carrying his manager and not wearing a harness! Still, I didn’t take my eyes off the screen at all during Wallenda’s 26 minute journey.
At the end of the walk, Nik commented that he had done what nobody else had done. And he was correct–nobody had ever done that, ever. That night, I woke up at 3:00 a.m. with the thought that when I got up in the morning I was going to do what nobody else had done, ever: I was going to live Denn Guptill’s life on June 20, 2012. . . something nobody had ever done, ever.  
Every day each of you will get to do what nobody has ever done before, so do it well.  Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.