"Good old Watson! You are the one fixed point in a changing age."
-- Sherlock Holmes, "His Last Bow"
Isn't that the way we all think of John H. Watson, M.D. -- solid as a rock, dependable, faithful?
When Holmes wrote in "The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier" that Watson had at that time left him for a wife, he called it "the only selfish action which I can recall in our association." I leave it to you to judge who was really the selfish one in that situation!
This may be the Holmes quote that I actually use most often, applying it many times over the years to my friend Steve Winter. I even dedicated Baker Street Beat to him as "the one fixed point." But really I should apply that title to my long-suffering wife Ann. Leaving theological considerations aside and sticking to the human dimension, she is my polar star.
Who is your one fixed point?