What first comes to mind when you think of anchors? Do you think of being weighed down, burdened by constraints? Not able to feel free to do what you really want to do? Or do you feel secure, safely stowed and protected from rough times?
An anchor can provide a really useful metaphor for what we need in life. We sometimes might need to be held back, have time to think things through before we rush in. The anchor could represent our values or beliefs. Or it could represent our inner voice, that sense of intuition that we may or may not tune into. It might link to our past, to our experiences and knowledge. The experiences and knowledge we have built up over the years. We might find this tiring or constricting or we might see it as useful fodder for thought, for reflection, for deeper knowledge.
During tough times we might find that we seek an anchor. An anchor that steadies us, that keeps us feeling safe and nurtured. Keeps us steady during times of rapid change or when we find ourselves despairing. We might look outside of ourselves to our friends and family to provide that anchor for us. We might need the nurturing that can only come from having someone beside us, knowing they are riding the rough times with us, will be there to guide us and keep us focused and moving along.
Too much anchoring or too heavy an anchor can hold us back though, stopping us from doing the things we want to do. Stopping us from having adventures or going to new places, taking the risks we need to in order to continue to learn and grow as we travel our own unique life journey. The sheer weight of the anchor might tire us, find us exhausted and overwhelmed. It might force us to give up, to stop trying and not look forward to new directions.
It seems then that using our anchors as a way of supporting and protecting ourselves while at the same time letting them go enough so that we can be free to try new things seems like the most useful way to use them. During these times of exploring, it might also help us to know that there is always an anchor there that we can put down. To slow ourselves down, to provide some stability, to give us time to stop and reflect. Appreciating our anchors might be one way to get the best out of them, making them work for us.