Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Burning Bridges


Coming to an abrupt stop, in front of a wooden bridge, her fingers traced the rough strip on a box of matches.  Removing one she struck it alight and caught the faint smell of sulphur.  The flame grew tall and began to dance as her thoughts oscillated between 'why' and 'why' not.

Seconds later, as the flame began to lick at her fingertips, she suddenly saw everything so clearly.  There was not just one bridge ahead but several, all interconnected.  Quickly blowing out the match she knew . . . . . today was not the day to burn bridges.

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16 comments:

  1. yep - we should think and re-think carefully before burning the bridges that connect us... maybe even re-built again...

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  2. Ahhh yes, because they are connected and we ourselves may need them someday! Intriguing image Kathryn!

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  3. Great words! Wonderful photo.

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  4. A very imaginative story and image - all with a lesson about lighting that match.

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    1. Thanks Brenda, life lessons don't you love them.

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  5. It's so appropriate that this message was here for me today. I nearly not only burned a few bridges today, but came close to blowing them up altogether. The image is wonderful. Maybe some day you can teach me how you manage to do this day in and day out. You are a wonder to me.

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    1. Jane, you just made my night. I am so often plagued by self doubt that I don't feel like a wonder to myself or anyone else most of the time. I think we have an urge to burn bridges (or blow them up) when we feel hurt or let down in some way. It can be hard blowing that figurative match out. xoxo

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  6. I know about burning bridges ~ Such a great metaphor to use ~ Made me think of choices in my life ~ Terrific share Kathryn ~

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  7. we have to keep in mind that when we burn them, there are consequences...future ramifications...its not about how we feel in the moment...

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  8. I like how you have played with the idea of matches and burning. Great closing line!

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    1. My mother always taught me never to play with matches :)

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  9. I love the twist this took, Kathryn. Wonderful image and message.

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