Mary Tyler Mom, one of my favorite Chicago local bloggers, has needed anchors a lot in her life – during her daughter Donna’s cancer and after Donna died, and now, helping her elderly father as he suffers declining physical and mental health. One phrase in particular stuck with me. “You might have different anchors for different oceans of your life,” Mary Tyler Mom says.
For me, this rings quite true. My anchors during Anderson’s life and after his death were not the people I suspected. They were not those whom I would have reached out to, before, if I were going through a rough time or having a bad day. But boy, have they become those people now.
Who are your anchors? Know them, as MTM suggests. And ask yourself if you are being a good anchor in return.