Hope you have had an amazing weekend! I sure had fire, cold and snow nothing is better than some excitement in your day!
We all need to really appreciate the very small things in our life’s that many people in the world might not be even close to have.
I find gratitude to be one of the single most important contributors to my happiness because Gratitude right now actually so easy and it creates a now sense of happiness that you really can’t find in any other way! I love Gratitude as a tool and now more of a daily part of my day and creating a sense of passion for other people and life itself!
Today I wanted to talk to you about a fantastic innovation that helped humans that climbed everywhere before us to now get to places a lot easier! Stair or ladders are amazing tools that helps us to go between several floors without exhausting ourselves climbing to them on the outside or the inside. If it wasn’t for the invention of stairs we would never have built multistory houses and our cities would be massive.
You might laugh at me for saying that, but don’t you think we should be very grateful for them. Think about it this way when you need to evacuate a highrise building the only place allowed to go is the stairs. They are really life savers on top of being a fantastic way of getting healthy as well.
So why should we be grateful for stairs?
- They are long.
- They take us to amazing places.
- The can be made out of anything.
- The are in your house.
- The make it easy to go from your deck into your garden.
- They are tourist attractions.
- They are mysterious.
- They could be secret entrances.
- They take you to beautiful views.
- They keep you safe from animals.
- They are a great workout.
- They help us go to where we want to be.
- They take us to subways.
- They are on boats.
- They take us under the sea.
- They are funny.
- They can be a master architectural piece.
- They make first one upstairs fun for kids.
- They are playgrounds.
- They can be a place where you meet someone.
- You can get your first kiss there.
- It is a place to make an entrance.
- You can speak publicly from them.
- They are probably one of the best inventions of the history of humanity 🙂
- They have gotten new electric versions.
- For the engineers that makes them and the builders who build them.
So you should by now agree that stairs are an amazing thing and that you should have a un-imaginary gratitude for their existence!
I love stair and I try to take them as often as I can. I have used many millions of stairs in my short lifespan so think about how much every day you can be grateful and happy if you are grateful for stairs.
I would love to share a little about the history of stairs:
There is not actual date in which they were developed, the Mayans were using them in them in 2600 B.C. sorry I know that is not what you wanted to hear. They were developed with the development of the enclosed home, and most likely even before that along trails.
Notable sets of stairs
- The longest stairway is listed by Guinness Book of Records as the service stairway for the Niesenbahn funicular railway near Spiez, Switzerland, with 11,674 steps and a height of 1,669 m (5,476 ft). The stairs are employee-only.
- A flight of 7,200 steps (including inner temple Steps), with 6,293 Official Mountain Walkway Steps, leads up the East Peak of Mount Tai in China.
- The Haʻikū Stairs, on the island of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi, are approximately 4,000 steps which climb nearly 1⁄2 mile (0.8 km). Originally used to access longwire radio radio antennas which were strung high above the Haʻikū Valley, between Honolulu and Kāneʻohe, they are closed to hikers.
- The Flørli stairs, in Lysefjorden, Norway, have 4,444 wooden steps which climb from sea level to 740 metres (2,428 feet). It is a maintenance stairway for the water pipeline to the old Flørli hydro plant. The hydro plant is now closed down, and the stairs are open to the public. The stairway is claimed to be the longest wooden stairway in the world.
- The CN Tower‘s staircase reaches the main deck level after 1,776 steps and the Sky Pod above after 2,579 steps; it is the tallest metal staircase on Earth.
- The Penrose stairs, devised by Lionel and Roger Penrose, are a famous impossible object. The image distorts perspective in such a manner that the stairs appear to be never-ending, a physical impossibility. The image was adopted by M. C. Escher in his iconic lithograph Ascending and Descending.
- The World Trade Center Survivors’ Staircase is the last visible structure above ground level at the World Trade Center site. It was originally two outdoor flights of granite-clad stairs and an escalator that connected Vesey Street to the World Trade Center‘s Austin J. Tobin Plaza. During the September 11, 2001, attacks, the stairs served as an escape route for hundreds of evacuees from 5 World Trade Center, a 9-floor building adjacent to the 110-story towers.
- Stairwell A was the lone stairway left intact after the second plane hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks. It was believed to have remained intact until the South Tower collapsed at 9:59 am. 14 people were able to escape the floors located at the impact zone (including one man who saw the plane coming at him), and 4 people from the floors above the impact zone. Numerous 911 operators who received calls from individuals inside the South Tower were not well informed of the situation as it rapidly unfolded in the South Tower. Many operators told callers not to descend the tower on their own, even though it is now believed that Stairwell A was most likely passable at and above the point of impact.
So the next staircase you have to walk up or down be grateful for this amazing invention.
“Man, unlike anything organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments.” -John Steinbeck
Gratitude and love,
John Thore Stub Sneisen(c)