Some of you read this when I published it a year ago, but I run it again this year because I find I need this reminder. Perhaps you do too.
So . . . we just celebrated Independence Day. Fireworks, picnics, lots of hoopla, and lots of red, white, and blue. Maybe a little watermelon and a burger.
As I prepared to celebrate, my word-nerd self couldn’t help mulling over the meaning of the word, independent. And then, of course, I pulled out my dictionary. Yes, the hard cover copy of my Random House Webster’s College Dictionary.
independent adj. 1. Not influenced or controlled by others; thinking or acting for oneself. 2. Not depending or contingent upon something else. 3. Not relying on another for aid or support.
Lots of that word not. Kind of makes me feel sad. And lonely. Especially when contrasted with another adjective: interdependent.
interdependent adj. mutually dependent; depending on each other
That sounds more inviting, doesn’t it? Like calling a friend during a life-storm and hearing the words, “Don’t worry. I’ve got your back.”
Perhaps we should start a national campaign to launch a new nationwide celebration day: Interdependence Day.
Are you in?