A “crutch” is only used when a person needs support. It helps them to walk if they have a sprung or broken leg, ankle or foot. After a person heals from that injury, they no longer rely or need that “crutch.” The crutch no longer has a purpose, therefore it loses it’s value.
The crutch is placed in a closet, corner, basement or attic. No one ever really goes back to that crutch to say thank you or… even appreciate it for supporting them. When you become an enabler and a crutch to others, the same thing may happen to you and that relationship.
When the person that you were there for finally gets back on their feet, they may forget about you. But it is harder to forget the “Bridge” that you brought you over. Stop being a crutch, and start being a bridge.