Don't cross the bridge until you come to it
|This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. (March 2014)|
Don't cross the bridge until you come to it is an English language proverb that is rich in metaphor. When taken literally, it does not make sense, but has meaning as a proverb. "Cross the bridge" is a metaphor for solving a problem or overcoming an obstacle.
"Until you come" to the bridge is a metaphor for waiting until a vague or low-probability problem arises so you can learn more about what the problem is, before trying to solve or overcome it.
The following sentences paraphrase various aspects of the proverb:
- "Wait for ill-defined problems to be clarified before dealing with them."
- "Don't be concerned about distant-future problems until they become near-present problems."
- "Don't try to solve that problem until you are prepared to deal with it."
- "Don't waste your time preparing for all potential problems, because most of them will no longer be problems when you get to them, or because conditions will have changed by then."
- "Don't work on that problem until the scheduled time."