Why I Love To Write Bonus Post – A Personalized Hierarchy of Needs

It doesn’t take much reading to stumble across Maslow’s ‘Hierarchy of Needs’ somewhere. Go ahead and Google it, if you want; I’ll wait. What you’ll find are some essays, and some pyramids. It’s no coincidence that it’s a pyramid, or that it is often depicted in rainbow colors; but that’s for later. I’ll sum it up quickly here. The typical layout looks like the old food pyramid many of us saw in school; you know, the one that was wildly misinformed? Well, this one is widely misunderstood. I want to make sure you understand my misunderstanding of it before I take the next step and suggest customizing it. I’ll be as brief as possible.

The bottom layer of the pyramid is about the basics. We need air and food and water and shelter just to survive, so the basic needs are in many ways our biggest needs. The next tier is what we tend to look for next, some level of continuity that we can rely on. We start to look for ways to take care of ourselves, our family and our property. We get a job, and do it every day, so we can have all those basic needs met. Our soul sighs when we know there is a way to reliably secure our continued existence; then it beckons us onward. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write Bonus Post – A Personalized Hierarchy of Needs”

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Why I Love To Write #012 – A Writer Writes, Write?

Popular phrases are often popular for a good reason. A few choice words arranged just the right way can get us thinking, or inspire us. Sometimes the most obvious ones are the best, even when they’re easy to make fun of. Nike’s sage advice to ‘Just Do It’ is not for people contemplating suicide or murder, although even they can buy the shirt. It’s for folks who have figured out what they want to do with the next moment, or their lives, assuming that thing is positive. No one thinks you should just do whatever pops into your head without thinking it through; that’s not how shoe companies, or lives, are built.

We’ve all heard the one about writers, and it’s another good one. It’s a great thing to do that thing that means the most to you, whatever it is. For some of us, it’s writing. All kinds of stuff goes with writing, though; and it can be as easy to neglect any one of those things as it can be to neglect the writing itself. When the groundwork is done, the writer writes; the writer who writes without planning and preparation is as likely to complete a presentable product as the person who decides to up and run a marathon is to ‘Just Do It’. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #012 – A Writer Writes, Write?”

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