The Summit of Mt. Maslow

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Well…I don’t have too much to say. First and foremost, I want to thank those that have been supportive of the blog from day one. I apologize for all of the down time. I am in school…again! I’m finished up my funeral service degree. Once late April comes, I will be able to breathe again. I don’t mind school so much. I’d much rather knock it all out while I’m young than wait for other factors to change my dynamic. I mean, I’m single, I have no kids, decent living situation… Now’s the time to get work done.

I won’t make any promises betwixt thence and hence, but I’m looking forward to the end of the school year. But real quickly:

There was a researcher by the name of Dr. Abraham Maslow. One of his most profound works was Motivation and Personality, 1954. I actually had the privilege of checking this book out from Tidewater Community College’s library…didn’t expect them to have this. In this book, Maslow lays out his theory of “The Hierarchy of Needs.” I won’t go into great detail, but the graphical representation of this is a pyramid/mountain. The most supreme need is that of self-actualization. This is where one achieves satisfaction in doing what brings them fulfillment.

Well, I want to thank the young students at Churchland Middle School yesterday. I had the high honor of sharing the floor with Dr. Victor P. Clark, someone I’ve admired as long as I’ve been around. We were invited to the “Man Up Summit” for young Black males that are struggling in school. It was an audience close to 100 young black males. Together we were allowed us to impart some words of wisdom… I spoke about being walking definitions…Black, Negro, and Nigger…They were very receptive. The most interesting part of the event was while I had the floor speaking into these canisters of potential, I felt as though I was standing on top of Mt.  Maslow. I felt fulfilled…I’ve discovered what it is I want to do…now it’s about figuring out how to advance.

Pray for me that the will of God will be unfolded in my life.

Familuv,

TWJ

John 3:30

1 Comment on "The Summit of Mt. Maslow"

  1. E. James Baesler | February 8, 2011 at 11:25 am |

    Sounds like your life if very full, and that soon you will have more room to breathe; and, that some of those breaths will be exhaled to audiences in need of inspirational/motivational speaking…

    this takes us to your reference to Maslow…see Mathes article (1981) Maslow’s hierarchy of needs as a guide for living, Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 21, 69-71 for some mixed research on Maslow’s theory…

    even better ck out the Chiliean economist/philospher Manfred Max-Neef’s (1987) work on Human Scale development: An option for the future (there’s an on-line doc by the same name, ck pps 32-33)…he looks at fundamental human needs in terms of being, having, doing, and interacting…this may provide insights into where to focus your energy in meeting human needs with your gifts/talents in speaking the truth in love to others.

    peace my friend, Dr B

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