Where Do You Drop Anchor?

Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Passion to the Third Degree .

Most people find an anchor somewhere and drop it there for many years, if not for their entire lives. Even well-rounded, well-balanced people still drop an anchor. It’s not a bad thing and it’s not even an obvious focus sometimes, but it’s what keeps people attached to this world.

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For most of the people around me, their anchor is work or career. For many, it’s religion, specifically their church and church community, though I don’t necessarily equate church involvement with religion since there’s a huge social aspect to it where I live.

For a few, it’s family, though most of them are the ones who’ve ditched the career in favor of being home with the kids and moving with a military husband. For others, it’s friends or even their own physicality. I see a lot of women who find an anchor in a man, and that’s sometimes good and sometimes very, very bad.

It’s unsettling to see what happens when one of those anchors comes loose and people start floating rather freely, without control, usually in directions they don’t want to go. They start searching for other anchors to drop. They flail. Sometimes they sail off the edge of the world.

So where do you drop your anchor?


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