The bedrock of meaningful relationships

A visitor to Boston’s dense residential and commercial district known as Back Bay might be surprised to learn they are standing right where ocean water used to be—and water still ebbs and flows beneath the filled land. The fill is unstable, so many building foundations have been anchored by piles that were driven through the sand, dirt, and water into more stable ground—in some cases, all the way down to the bedrock.

To me, this is a useful metaphor for building lasting relationships, too! I’ve found that when our values are secured on a spiritual foundation, then life-enriching relationships stand more solidly.

At one point years ago, I was living far from family and aching with loneliness. My new job was demanding, and I hadn’t yet formed meaningful friendships.

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