Whether we like it or not we are all dependent upon another or on others at times during our lives. This occurs most obviously during our earliest days and our latest ones. During our earliest days we aren’t aware of being dependent, only of the desire and urgency behind our basic needs. We can’t even know the meaning of dependency; as we grow older we begin to fight against dependency and can focus only on the time when we will be able to make all our decisions on our own and to have around us only those people or things that are important to us at the time. Dependency becomes bad word and concept to and we don’t recognize the positive aspects of dependency that help us grow as thinking and caring human beings. For as we give others help and ask nothing in return we are robbing ourselves of the joy of feeling loved and robbing givers of the joy of giving. Once we learn to take with grace, not relinquishing our giving, we open ourselves to a fuller and more balanced life. Then, when or if we become more dependent on others, we know that they will not feel that giving to us is a burden, but a mutual and natural expression of give and take. Isn’t being able to both give and take more equitable to all?