Are you all that you can be? Do you know your potential? Your needs? What stage of fulfillment are you?
Researchers have categorized most human needs under the following five categories, in hierarchical developmental order:
- SURVIVAL & SAFETY
Basic for all of us is to be able to exist with some degree of physical and emotional safety. Over the course of one’s life many people have cause to worry about bodily harm or psychological abuse. Are you here?
- SENSE OF CONTROL AND PREDICTABILITY
Anxiety and fear are lessened when one can feel in control of one’s life and not be subject to the whims of another. Having some sense of predictability about what will happen gives one a sense of well-being and confidence. It is a starting point for building trust. Are you here?
- TO FEEL LOVED, LOVABLE & WORTHY OF RESPECT
To experience love and respect opens up new dimensions of human capacity – a deep connection within oneself. Self worth becomes inherent, integrated into the core of one’s being. Openness and the ability to share love is one’s modus operandi. Are you here?
- TO BELONG
A person reaches out and affiliates, becomes a part of some form of community. Isolation evolves into inclusion and participation. One extends a caring hand to others and invites them into acceptance. Are you here?
- PURPOSE AND MEANING IN LIFE
When one reaches this heightened stage of existence one is able to see beyond the mundane to the celestial. One is able to co-create a world of goodness and caring based on a spiritual source and substance. Are you here?
A person’s evolution through this existence has many bumps, bruises, and detours. It helps to look at one’s personal make-up to assess where one is and what is the next step. Where are you? Also, are you supporting and guiding those whom you love, those in your care, through these passages toward fulfillment. We need benchmarks and road maps to help us move forward and be accountable for our lives. I hope the above framework gives you something to help you look in your personal mirror to see where you are in the journey of life.