Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is often portrayed in the shape of a pyramid with the largest, most fundamental levels of need at the bottom and the need for self-actualization at the top. The most fundamental and basic four layers of the pyramid contain the needs of esteem, friendship and love, security, and physical need. If… Continue reading Why it’s so important to have our needs met
She slowly and suddenly released the boat from the shore… This contradictory sentence has been floating around in my head all morning. I jotted it down to describe the process of letting go, of handing over… I’m in the process of surrendering some unhealthy ways of thinking which have taken a long time – yet… Continue reading Go on… Release the boat
I’m so glad this world is not all there is. I’m relieved beyond relief I can live with a genuine hope of a better tomorrow. Yes, this earth is filled with so much beauty and life and joy in the midst of the heartache. Flowers truly can grow out of cracks in the pavement. But… Continue reading Wait for the rose garden
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Luke 6 NIV http://bible.com/111/luk.6.27-28.NIV Sometimes we cause offence to others through our thoughtless actions… Other times it seems that no matter how nice we are there… Continue reading When your enemy frowns at you, give them a hot chocolate
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” 1 John 4 ESV http://bible.com/59/1jn.4.18.ESV Fear has a way of taking us captive. It starts off small, like a tiny ripple, then can build up and up… Continue reading God’s perfect love washes away our fear
Relationships are teleological. Yep, I had to look that one up too. In other words, relationships are going somewhere – as long as two people are involved. They are living and alive and moving and becoming something… and sometimes they aren’t becoming anything good. In Donald Miller’s Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy, the author… Continue reading Relationships are teleological
As children, we are convinced, naturally, that we’re the centre of life’s story. We demand attention without rationale or reasoning, and are egocentric by design. As we grow older, we start to assess and validate the life stories of others. We become more able to celebrate our friends, and the things they contribute to our… Continue reading What’s your dominant life narrative?