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In video 6 of 8, Amy talks about our need for connection and the importance of teens having at least one person who sees and “gets” them. Amy calls these people anchors.
I know all parents want to be anchors in their children’s lives, but teenagers also need other people to recognize them and help them to see their strengths.
I have a friend named Travis Allison. Travis lives in Canada and for many years was a Camp Director, and now works as a consultant helping summer camps succeed.
Travis tells a story about when he was a boy at camp. He says he was not the best athlete or the most popular kid, and I’m sure he often doubted himself, as we all do.
Travis said one day at camp, his counselor, who he admired, called him over to speak with him for a minute. The counselor said a few words to him that would change his life forever.
He said, “Travis, you would make a great camp counselor one day.” Travis was stunned. He did not see that potential in himself at all.
This counselor went on to tell Travis that he was a lot like him when he was his age, and he mentioned some of the qualities he saw in him that would make him a great counselor. He saw what the analyst Robert Johnson calls “the gold” in Travis.
That one sentence set the course for Travis’s professional and even personal life. I hope every teenager can find that kind of great anchor in their lives, and I also hope that I can be that anchor for more campers.
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What do you think about this idea of Anchors? I would love to hear your thoughts and stories in the comments below. I will respond.
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