With yesterday being the 4th of July, American Independence Day, I saw a lot of freedom speech on social media. People declaring their independence from the people and things that come to hold us back. All of that is well and good, but we oftentimes push away those that we need. After the aromas of smoke and meat fade away, and the bright lights of fireworks are all burned out, the fact remains: we need people.
Learning this lesson is difficult, because we are taught and conditioned to be independent. Especially in our capitalistic society, where sharing is not encouraged. “Get yours” is the mantra we are taught as children, so we grow up only looking out for our own interests; never realizing the importance of having people in our lives that compliment us well. Yes. you should be complete and whole on your own (which is another subject, all of its own), we all need someone we can depend on to help propel us to another level of greatness.
Great partnerships require love, respect, trust, and honesty. These are not qualities only attributed to great marriages, but when we look through history: every Paul has a Timothy. Every Moses has an Aaron. Micheal Jordan and Scottie Pippin. Hall and Oats. Simon and Garfunkel. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. All of these are great men, but when put together greater things happened.
The bottom line is this: we need each other. The great misconception is that we can make it on our own. Well maybe you can. But, think of how much further you could go with the help of someone else. Happy Dependence day!
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