- At Home
It's July, and what better time of year to ponder the benefits and drawbacks of independence versus dependence?
I came to think of my own lack of dependence on others the other night when I reloaded the dishwasher after the kids loaded it. Why could I not let that go? (I have also re-made beds and re-fluffed pillows.)
As much as I resist it, I heartily endorse the benefits of dependence on others to do a fine job without me. But "dependence" gets a bum rap... you'll be hard-pressed to find any support for "dependence" among famous quotations. I had to go to "interdependence" to find anything that didn't sound like the plague. And as for images of dependence, lots of bottles and needles.
What is your personal M.O. -- are you more of a do-it-yourself'er at all costs ("Independent or bust!"), or are you pretty comfortable leaning on people? Is being too INdependent keeping you from other meaningful pursuits? Is being too DEpendent keeping you from spreading your wings?
To see where you sit - and it may vary among tasks - do a gut check:
If you want to grow a bit more DEpendent...
And a few ways to be more INdependent...
Happy INdependence Day to you! (And Happy DEpendence Day, too, when appropriate...)