The dog at the gate

He just stood there. The gate was open. The owner was out of sight. It was just me on my porch and the neighbor’s dog standing at its own gate, just looking at me.

Last Tuesday I wrote about trying to get the job done without the right tool. What I was getting at is the idea of assumed constraints. As far as I know, that dog had never left the front yard, and as far as he knew, he couldn’t. His past experience at the gate said that it was impossible, so he just stood there looking at me. Maybe he thought I could help him, but the truth was he didn’t need my help. He could walk right through.

What was true yesterday may not be true today. What had been an impossible obstacle may be an open opportunity. When the gate is open, the only obstacle is whether you’ve stopped trying.

Share This Post