According to my dictionary, self-reliance is defined as follows: Reliance upon one's own capabilities, judgment, or resources.
My husband claims to be self-reliant. I supposed most of the time he is. It's hard for me to accept that sometimes. Every morning, I make coffee. I usually wake hours before he does, and I pour his coffee along with creamer and sugar and put it in the micro-wave so he can heat it again when he wakes up.
When he gets ready to take a nap, he reminds me, he's cold. And I dutifully cover him with his favorite blanket.
It's great to be self-reliant, but it's also wonderful to have someone to take care of, or to be taken care of by someone.
It doesn't have to be a spouse. It can be a best friend. Call him/her and check on them. Have lunch, coffee or go see a movie together.
Drop them a card, or better yet pick up the phone. Even if you can't think of anything to say, just saying, "I'm thinking about you or I've been praying for you." Might be all that person really needs to hear that day.
What would you like to hear today from your best friend?