“I never wanted to set the world on fire. So I never had to burn any bridges behind me.”
— Dinah Shore
Bridges represent connecting you to opportunity, and represent your path.
The key in life is to find which bridges to burn, and to not burn.
Don’t keep yourself from opportunity, figure out what will serve your best interest and the interest of others, before you burn or keep a bridge.
Don’t keep yourself from opportunity by burning bridges out of emotion or thinking fast, ruining a job opportunity and so on.
Perhaps this is what Dinah Shore meant, “Never burn bridges. If it’s a faulty bridge then close it off and let it fall on its own”. Gregor Collins. To let it be and it will work itself out. But then there are toxic relationships and opportunities and so on, that is when you should burn a bridge to protect yourself and others: “Stop telling me not to burn bridges. Some bridges are meant to be burnt, some roads are never meant to be traveled again.”
― Steve Maraboli
This is also true, we use defense mechanisms. We need to learn boundaries and assertiveness to master this skill. “We build too many walls and not enough bridges”.