[Podcast] Maslow Got It Wrong

“I believe that there are no throwaway people; that every single person is deserving of belonging and connection right now, as is, no matter what; and that that sacred space of belonging and connection and community is the secret sauce.”

Framily: Friends that are like family. The people who see us as we are and accept us as we are. We need our Framily to help us get there.

The life and professional story of our guest exemplifies the purpose of Facing Tomorrow. This entire podcast is set on the premise that there is life outside of our most challenging moments - light piercing through the darkness of sadness, of uncertainty, of loss, of any altering moment. Over the years, we have heard from passionate professionals who have accepted their Why even in the face of their worst days - loss due to suicide, stillbirth, struggles due to mental health, overcoming domestic violence, loss of a loved one to cancer, and passionately raising a child even with a challenging diagnosis.

For years, I have been amazed at the work our guest has done for those experiencing homelessness. Her passionate pursuit of ensuring belonging for all is infectious and energizing. Her recent talk during United Way of Central Iowa’s Powered by Purpose Speaker’s Series is not to be missed. Little did I know the effort she has put in to get to where she is today.

Mark Twain said “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why”. Emily Osweiler, Chief Executive Officer of Greater Des Moines Supportive Housing, has figured out her Why and is convinced that she Maslow got it wrong! We encourage you to listen in, comment, and connect with this powerful story that still isn't over yet!

Visit the Greater Des Moines Supportive Housing website to learn more about their work.

Are you looking for the retreat experience that helped Emily re-center everything? Check out Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center to see it might offer what you need.

Most importantly, Emily talked about creating your vision statement. In her article in BetterUp, Giulia Imbastoni describes the benefits of writing a personal vision statement, and the four steps to write one.

Benefits to a personal vision statement

  • It becomes easier to make decisions
  • It provides you with a sense of direction
  • It helps you determine your long-term and short-term goals
  • It will provide you with motivation during tough times
  • It will help you live a balanced life.

Four steps to writing your personal vision statement

  1. Write a letter from the future - imagine yourself at 90 writing to the you of today; describe everything you have accomplished in your life, how they make you feel, and what you are most proud of.
  2. List your successes - think today of what you define as success, what you have done to make them become real and why they are relevant to you.
  3. Collect the data - circle words from #1 and #2 that have to do with Environment, Skills, Emotions, Beliefs, Values, and Purpose.
  4. Write your vision statement

We encourage you to check it out! Work with a member of your framily to develop and practice your own personal vision statement

As always, remember that you are loved, you are needed, and you should never feel like you have to walk your journey alone. #CircleOfCompassion #WovenTogether #BelongingWellnessAndHome