Last week was spring break for our schools, so we took the opportunity to spend some time with our extended family at the lake. (That’s why I haven’t posted for a few days.) We stayed in a cabin that was perched on a hill just a few yards above the lake, with a large veranda from which we enjoyed some beautiful sunsets (see photo) — a truly idyllic setting for our short R&R.

As our time together drew to a close and and before we went our separate ways, we asked the kids what their “highs” were during our time together. Their highs included things like walks along the shore, finding shells, skipping rocks, watching the sunset, and just spending time with their cousins.

One of my highs was having about two hours of uninterrupted time to visit with Dustin. As I’m going through some transitions in my life, it’s good to have a sounding board to share ideas. Dustin is one of those rarest of friends who provides encouragement, inspiration, and honest feedback. I’ve been fortunate to have people in my life like Dustin, Toby, Dave, Rob, and–more recently–Carl, who help to keep me grounded and focused.

Whether you call them coaches, mentors, advisors, or just great friends, it is important to have trusted advisors that you can call on. Not just a cheerleaders (though sometimes we need that, too), but someone who knows you well enough and cares for you enough to tell you the truth. This is especially true during times of major transitions in our lives, when stress or enthusiasm can cloud our judgment.

We were not created to go through life alone. We are more effective and more fulfilled when we have someone who can help us along the journey.