During my time as a college instructor on ethics, I came across a captivating description of a “Whole Person”, based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Thought I’d share this with you now given the challenges that face companies and governments currently.
The Whole Person:
1. Accepts oneself and others: Easier said than done, eh? Yet this is a personal choice and one must have developed a positive, values-based self-esteem image( not egocentric!) in order to do this effectively.
2. Experiences profound interpersonal relationships. What is “profound?” Profound means letting oneself be open and non-judgmental to what each day presents and offers. Then and only then, choose gratitude as one’s response to those around us.
3. Accepts reality: This doesn’t mean to always embrace it, but to have the foresight based on acceptance to make values-based changes where needed.
4. Enjoy Life. We only get one day at a time. Don’t miss it for it will never come again and what price will you have paid for it? An ancient text says: “Make us know the shortness of our life so that we may gain wisdom of the heart.”
5. Demonstrates consistent behavior: The consistency must come from values -based life. The consistency of one’s behavior models exactly what one believes, good or bad. Go slow and choose well!
6. Trusts oneself: The basis of this personal trust of self is to be open to growth and knowing what one can tribute to the betterment of those around us.