Boats and Bridges

If you don’t like to close off options, it’s a good idea not to burn your bridges.

But it’s sometimes a good idea to burn your boats — or, if you can bear to stretch the metaphor that far, to dismantle them and build new bridges from the timbers.

You never know when or how someone else might help you get where you’re going. But you can sometimes help yourself get going when by letting go of attachment to the boat that’s brought you to where you are now.