How Are You Self-Sufficient?

This week’s question, “How are you self-sufficient?” is in contrast to last Sunday’s “How do you depend on others?” What skills, knowledge, or talent allows you to work on your own?

It’s difficult to imagine many people being entirely self-sufficient. We rely on each other for so many things, not the least of which is basic human companionship.

However, it’s also true that some people are self-starters. They naturally find a motivation to do things, without others showing them how.

Alternately, some skills or hobbies allow for self-sufficiency. If you can knit, you can make your own clothes. If you garden, you can grow your food. Musicians or writers can create their own entertainment.

In what ways are you able to stand on your own? To not depend on others?

Related questions: How do you depend on others? What makes you you? How do you judge yourself? What’s the most useful thing you’ve ever learned? How are you special?


How Do You Depend On Others?

Events of the world show that we are more deeply connected than ever before. We all depend on each other. What happens halfway around the world can have medical, political, financial, or environmental impacts here.

With that in mind, it might be helpful to explore just how you rely on others. From family, to friends, to colleagues, to complete strangers, how does your life depend on the actions of someone else?

That also leads to the obvious corollary: that other people also rely on you. Your actions and beliefs can make a difference locally, nationally, and even globally. Have you considered the ways others depend on you?

Related questions:  What are our responsibilities to others? What makes a community? How much power does an individual have?