On this date in 1915 - - The inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, inaugurated transcontinental telephone service in the United States with a call made between New York City and San Francisco, California, which was answered by Dr. Watson, his longtime assistant. The previous long distance limit was New York to Denver, and only then with some shouting. Two metallic circuits made up the line that used 2,500 tons of hard-drawn copper wire, 130,000 poles and countless loading coils. Three vacuum tube repeaters along the way boosted the signal. At the time, it was the world’s longest telephone line.
Today - I’m not sure how much the satellite and repeaters weigh that allow me to use my cell phone to call anyone, anywhere in the world, but it all started with guys like Bell and Watson with a lot of vision, and a lot more wire.
Yesterday’s T4D about “lightening our load” brought this wise response from Beth who offered, If I was going to lighten the load of someone’s backpack, I would definitely take out unforgiveness. Forgiving others is one of the hardest things to do but when we do it, it frees us of the burden and lightens our load for sure! Oh, and self-doubt…I’d take that one out too!
Thanks Beth…great suggestions. Now to kick into our weekend….how about this …
Men and women make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. Harry S Truman (1884 - 1972)
“Social capital is not, as sometimes portrayed, a rare cultural treasure passed down from one generation to the next, which, if lost, can never be regained. Rather, it is created spontaneously all the time by people going about their daily lives. It was created in traditional societies, and it is generated on a daily basis by individuals and firms in a modern capitalist society. ~Author Francis Fukuyama from his chapter entitled, Social Capital in the book Culture Matters
People with social capital earned it by serving a greater good, by being worthy of personal and public trust… and in short, but doing worthwhile stuff. So we can all earn some of it ourselves this weekend. Kirk Out