A boat drops anchor in order to stay in one place for a short time. If the tide rises or winds blow, the boat can drift, the anchor may drag but it will find hold and keep the boat in place. As a creative person, the boat can represent our minds. We drop anchor when something is working great. We have a beautiful view of the beach. We can swim out to it, even walk on it for a short time. Then we can come back to where we set anchor. We may drift some, but we still hold our ground.
After some time, the waters and tide rise and get rougher than usual. Yet, we don’t want to move as we have a beautiful view of the beach. What if that anchor we set was actually holding us in place and keeping us from the beach instead of safely near it; at a distance we grow comfortable with? Why do we do this?
I think its what sets everyone apart. Some people want to run their boat ashore and live in paradise. Many of us drop anchor near it and visit it from time to time and sure, that does work for some. Yet many of us as creatives need to be challenged. So when something is working and we see the goal within swimming distance, we grow complacent. We fight any type of change that comes our way that may threaten the view we have worked for.
We forget though, that how we got to the place we’re at is simply due to careful and hard fought navigation. The tides changed as we sailed toward the beach. It grew closer and closer in the distance. Then when we got close as we had been, we drop anchor. We feel slightly threatened on some level when the winds change or when the tides rise. We don’t want to lose site of the beach.
Now on the beach we may stay and visit for a bit, but we never really venture from it. Again this makes since to some, but what we don’t know is what lies on the other side of the beach. Its a big island yet we stick to the one part of it. We fail to realize that those changing winds and rising tides could take us somewhere more extraordinary. Around the other side could be a thriving civilization; a place where we can thrive more than we ever thought.
Yet, we drag anchor. I am preaching as much to myself as I write this passage. Don’t be afraid to raise your anchor. Set sail and go see whats on the other side of the island. Go beyond your comfort zone. Its the only way to truly thrive. Oh and that beach you had set your eyes on for so long…you can always sail back for a visit.
To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.