By: Kendra Kay Woods
Last weekend my husband and I celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary. I can’t believe it’s been 6 years!! Time flies when you’re in love, right? My husband booked us a weekend cruise getaway to the Bahamas on Norwegian cruise line. It was a lot of fun and very relaxing, it was a much-needed break for the both of us. During our cruise one of our port stops was at Norwegian’s private island Great Stirrup Cay. We were taken to the island by a Tinder boat because of course the ship couldn’t dock close to the island. We spent the day there floating in the turquoise blue waters and relaxing in our beach chairs. I had some time to think and reflect on life while we were there.
As I was sitting in my beach chair I became fixated on our cruise ship that was sitting out at a distance from us. I remembered that while we were waiting to disembark from the cruise ship to get onto the tinder boat the crew was lowering the anchor of the ship. The idea of a huge cruise ship being grounded in one place by heavy anchors got me to thinking of how important it is for us to have anchors in our life. Just as the anchor of a ship keeps the ship steady so that it does not drift or get beat up by the wind or water current, the anchors in our life do the same thing for us. Life is a challenge and we can be thrown many obstacles that have the ability to knock us off our feet if we don’t have our anchors in place. Another word for anchor, in regards to life, is a support system. As I was contemplating this thought I asked my husband what his anchors in life were and he shared that our family is his anchor. It is what keeps him going, grounded and striving to be the best version of himself that he can be. I recommend that you have someone or something that keeps you grounded when the storms of life come your way. It’s inevitable and no one is exempt from the challenges and difficulties of life.
Just the other day I speaking to a young woman who is a business owner and she was thinking about relocating her business from the west coast to the east coast. As we got deeper in our conversation I learned that all of her family lived very close to her now and she would not have any friends or family in this new place she was looking to move. What I am writing here is the same advice that I gave her. I didn’t discourage her from moving forward but offered her a suggestion of thinking really hard about the real reason why she was looking to move and to remember that having a strong support system around her i.e. family, friends, church, etc. are key in being successful during the challenging times of life and business.
For me my relationship with God is what anchors me in life. I know, without a doubt, that I can depend on him and he meets me where I am at. In the moments where it seems easier to quit then move forward I can run to him and his word and I am reminded that there are great blessings in store for me. I am immediately encouraged, supported and inspired to keep taking action. I know that for me if I didn’t have Him as my anchor the storms of life would have taken me down a long time ago and I don’t know that I would have survived. Focusing on Him as my anchor in life has allowed me to be successful in life and in my career.
I encourage you to take inventory of the people in your life who hold you down and always have your back not just in the good times but also when the going gets tough. If you don’t have anyone or anything in your life that keeps you grounded and supports you, it’s time to find one. We are not meant to do life alone. We are meant to go through this journey together and to be there to cheer each other on and pick each other up when the storms become too much for us to handle alone.
I would be delighted to hear about who or what your anchor in life is or will be.
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Keep pushing forward
Believe in yourself
With All My Love,
Kendra Kay Woods