When I was in seminary, I heard an illustration that has stuck with me over the years. It began with a question, “Whose holding your trampoline?”
The image there is of a group a people stationed around the sides of the trampoline to keep you from falling off.
The purpose of the question was to have you think about your support network and it went like this: (my memory is a bit fuzzy on the details)
Suppose you ended up in the emergency room or a crisis situation. What 8 to 10 people would you want there with you or you would want to know of your situation? Jim Kane