We all have needs. As much as we like to think we are superheroes who have no needs and no limitations, we can find peace and freedom in naming and meeting our needs instead of avoiding or shunning them.Psychologist Abraham Maslow provided a helpful tool for conceptualizing many of our needs:
Take time today to notice where your thoughts naturally gravitate. Observe where your time is spent today.
Did you spend time worrying about what others think of you?
Did you spend a lot of time thinking about your "to do list" and accomplishing things because success and productivity make you feel important?
Were you worried about paying all of your bills?
Were you concerned about making sure other people respect you?
These are all clues about what needs are most salient in your life right now. Can you find a healthy way to meet those needs today?
More to come in this series on Meeting Our Needs...