I felt compelled to re-share a good chunk of the last article on my blog. The focus here is to challenge someone with a willing heart; willing to make a difference in the lives of people who have lost hope in life. Willing to lend a helping hand. Making a difference in the life of the person who doesn’t have anything s/he is looking forward to.
Abraham Maslow came up with a theory called the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. It has five major levels of needs clearly illustrated. The physiological (breathing, food, water, sex, sleep), Safety (security of: body, employment, resources, morality, the family, health, property), Love/Sense of Belonging (friendship, family, sexual intimacy), Esteem (self-esteem, confidence, achievement, respect of others, respect by others) and Self-Actualization (morality, creativity, spontaneity, problem solving, lack of prejudice, acceptance of facts). If the lower needs are not met, advancing to the next level will only be a mirage. Until one level is crossed, the next will NEVER be a priority. If we want to see a better community, city, nation or world, an individual needs to be helped to the stage of Self Actualization.
There is a need for you to sit down and try to see beyond yourself and your immediate family. Your eyes would be opened to individuals and families who probably don’t know where the next meal would come from. When you are able to see this, then there is a probability that you would realize that what is normal to you in terms of your condition of living is actually a luxury to many individuals or families out there. You might eventually be moved to take out of what doesn’t necessarily count to you and make it count for others out there. I hope that there would be a family or two, five, ten, twenty, fifty or even hundreds out there that would be helped through you after you are done reading this article. It was crafted genuinely from my heart so that we would have a network of people who would be committed to this cause so that we can collectively make a difference in the lives of the people that fall in this category.
I see individuals in position of influence who can render assistance but are highly insensitive to the needs of the people or location they reside. I have seen a world of “I and My Family” dominating the way of life of people. I have seen clusters of people prejudiced against another sets or groups of people. I have seen different objectives and goals existing in the same location, working against one another, hence frustrating development and progress. I have seen precious lives taken due to wickedness, insensitivity and self-centredness. The truth is that the life we all share has no variation in value. It is equal, irrespective of your position or status. The dividing factor is majorly the privileges available to some people. You did not determine where you were born, the family you were born into, the quality of life of the parents that brought you into the world, etc. All of these determine to a large extent your value system and the category you find yourself.
Come along as I conclude this article in the next publication.
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