Abraham Maslow is a well-known psychologist in 1943 whom developed the hierarchy of needs. The hierarchy of needs describes levels that individuals take in order to fulfill a desired need. There are five needs within the pyramid form, in ascending order: physiological, safety, social, esteem and self-actualization. In order to transition to the next need, the individual will need to fulfill the one below. For example, someone who wants to increase their support system must obtain safety first. That person must feel safe in sharing information to others via established and maintained boundaries. Once each need is met, a person can obtain self-actualization (which we will discuss in a later post). But for now, let’s focus on the very basic need that everyone is required to have in order to start their way up the pyramid: physiological.
Physiological needs are air, water, food, shelter, warmth, and sleep. Do you have a roof over your head and food on your table? Consider yourself blessed! Not everyone has obtained this need. Most of the clients that enter the crisis facility that I work at comes from off the street. They were lucky to obtain three nutritious meals daily and a hot bath. Some mentioned sleeping in unsanitary conditions, such as, under passage ways or in tents. When these ladies arrive to the facility, we offer all physiological needs. The first few days, the ladies are even allowed to sleep periodically throughout the day to provide rest and recovery. You never know the importance of this need until it is gone.
“It is quite true that man lives by bread alone — when there is no bread.” – Maslow
The next time you see someone requesting assistance with food or water, assist them. After all, we are here on this earth to bless one another, not to condemn or judge. Stay blessed!