As human beings we are social creatures.

We live together, work together, and relax together.

One of our greatest strengths is our ability to work as a team.

Yet the team is only as strong as the individual.

There is a balance that we all search for.

A balance between our commitment to ourselves and to our community.

Or to our family and to our partner.

And maybe to ourselves.

It is important for us to learn to work together.

To help each other and to support each other.

Learning to rely on each other is also a skill.

One that can take us far if we are relying on the right people.

While there is nothing wrong with relying on other people, sometimes we must learn to rely on ourselves.

To figure things out for ourselves.

And to do things by ourselves.

Learning how to fix something simple, or build something with our own hands is not just a valuable skill.

The process of being able to maintain things by ourselves also builds our confidence.

We are literally showing ourselves that we are competent.

That we can handle life.

And that we are able to survive.

This may not seem that important for people living in big cities or large communities.

Yet the people who are self-reliant even in the middle of an urban area are sought out for their skills.

Especially when there is an unexpected event.

Or a natural disaster.

Life will not always be cozy and safe for us.

Indeed, life is becoming more and more challenging in so many way.

When we learn to be the person that others rely on to help them, we can contribute greatly.

Not that we will never rely on other people.

We will all need to rely on another when we age.

Yet if we can find within us the resources to face any challenge that may come our way, we will surely thrive and prosper.

And when we as individuals prosper, the community prospers as well.

Being self-reliant is not a reason to cut ourselves off from others.

Instead it is quite the opposite.

The more self-reliant we are, the more we can connect with others through our service.

How self-reliant are you?

What can you learn to become more self-reliant?

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

Host of The Conscious Consultant Hour