Lately my mood has been low so I’ve struggled to use some daily prompts in positive (or at least neutral) ways. I try very hard not to allow my thoughts to always turn to the negative. When I saw today’s prompt “tethered” you can imagine my first thoughts were of people or animals tied to something, restricting their freedom to explore, or the like. Yesterday I wrote a post Pluck me from this horrid place where I described being chained up and locked in a room. Luckily I ended the post with thoughts of freedom, though.
So I do recognize that being tethered to something is not always a bad thing, especially if it’s temporary and ultimately for some good. I’ll briefly explore a few examples of how being tethered to something is important and beneficial.
My hubby gave me a lovely example of positive tethering. What is lovelier than the development of a baby in a mother’s womb? For nine months the fetus is tethered to the placenta in the mother’s womb by an umbilical cord. That is the fetus’ life-line. The fetus is nourished and allowed to grow because of that special connection, and then when the time comes, the baby is born and eventually the cord is cut. It’s not a sad disconnect, but one of excitement, where the baby becomes his/her own completely separate being.
Babies and children maintain a very close attachment with their parents while growing up. They need their care and guidance. They are developing physically and psychologically on their own, becoming a true individual. When they reach adolescence they become even more independent in preparation for adulthood when the “figurative” secondary cord or tether is cut, as well.
There are all types of life-lines that are significant. Think of a sailor sailing his/her boat in the rough open seas. Very often they tether themselves to their watercraft to prevent separation from it. They must stay with their boat for safety and to continue their journey. Then when they return from sea, they tether the boat to the dock, so it doesn’t drift away.
We’ve all heard the idiom “joined at the hip”. That idiom is rarely used in a negative sense, but as one to express close loving connection. Usually we use it to describe especially close friendships or romantic relationships/marriages. In such cases the connection is usually mutually beneficial. The two joined make for better individual ones. If this ceases to be the case, they can be untethered.
The image of an umbilical cord makes me think of another important life-line. Think about an astronaut doing a space walk outside of the space station. He/she is tethered to the station so as not to fly off into space forever. His/her tools are tethered to them, as well. The lifeline also provides the necessary oxygen for them to breathe, and ultimately survive in an otherwise inhospitable environment.
Can you think of other examples where being tethered to something is positive? If you wrote about one today, please feel free to share to the link to your post.