Maslow’s Hierarchy Writ Large

I was talking to a friend about my utter lack of success to date on a dating website on which I’ve registered.

“I have to say I’ve never felt worse about myself.”

My wise and wonderful friend responded, “This is going to sound really bizarre, but your current depression is actually a positive development. For the first time in a long time, you have enough confidence in your job stability and other elements of basic survival that you’ve allowed yourself the luxury of thinking about your next-level needs. That hasn’t happened in ages. And yes, when you assess your progress against those next level needs, it sucks. That is hardly surprising given that they have been neglected for so long while you were in basic survival mode. But now you have time to start paying attention to them. Things will improve.”

Isn’t it fantastic when someone says the exact right thing at the exact right time? There’s a reason this guy is so successful at life. In one paragraph, he managed to get me to stop contemplating my navel and consider Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and its application in my life. And that allowed me to reframe everything. Once again, I have hope. I have perspective. I can be a little more patient.

What a profound conversation. What an amazing friend. Too bad he’s married! Even so, I think I’ll keep him.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

2 thoughts on “Maslow’s Hierarchy Writ Large

  1. lyn sutton

    Glad you found your hope.

    HOPE is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul —–and sings the tunes without the words —-and never stops at all. —-Emily Dickinson.

    I think I’m in trouble…my pyramid’s inverted and I’m at the top…but I have hope (so long as it doesn’t use those feathers to fly away) that there’s an express elevator(running out of patience) with a down button. I tend to do things backwards and upside down.(it’s a unique perspective)

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