This final scene from Married, Single, Other has stuck in my mind. This man's friends were totally 100% there to support him in his hour of need. But then a comment a lady made at a birthday party I went to recently also sticks in me mind.
She had got a Christmas card from a friend who had written something along the lines of, 'Now that we are in the same postcode hopefully I will see more of you'. This lady had responded by saying, 'There is only so much of me to go around'. I know nothing of their relationship but it would appear that she didn't have any spare hands to be holding onto her safety net.
So I have started thinking about the holders of safety nets. While the scene from Married Single Other is lovely it is not how it is in real life. In reality my friends have to have their hands on many nets. Their husbands, children, families, other friends.... As we have got older, the less time we have to daily check in to see where each other is at. In moments of crisis they will turn and hold onto my net, of that I am sure but. However, there are times when life is tough but it is not a crisis. Instead of silently falling and hoping that someone will turn around at the right time and notice, I may need to give a little call out. And I hope my friends will do the same.
Who holds your safety net? What have you learnt over the years?