9 Basic Human Needs part 2

Today is Wednesday, which means it’s time for the Inspirational word of the week, but instead of posting that, I’ve decided to focus on writing about the 9 Basic Human Needs, according this article by Barbara Taylor.

Last week, I talked about my top 3 needs here,  and although I didn’t link to it in the first post, I also wrote about one of my basic needs, Acceptance, in the Inspirational word of the week here.

In no particular order, the 9 Basic Human Needs are

  • Security = Asks lots of questions and demands more information.
  • Adventure = Always looking for a new way of doing things.
  • Freedom = Needs to make their own choices. Resists rules.
  • Exchange = Works well with others to share values.
  • Power = Strong leadership tendencies. Good organizers and accept responsibility.
  • Expansion = Needs to build and grow. Recognizes value.
  • Acceptance = Friendly and tolerant. Smiling and whistling is normal.
  • Community = Likes to be around other people. Nurturing and helpful.
  • Expression = Creative with words, art, or even computer stuff.


Last Friday night at the Beets, Beats & Eats Farmers market, with a great deal of help from my friends, we held the very first Enjoy the Process Coloring Contest!  Wweeeeeeee!!!!  It went so well!!  Our winner is a lady named Gayle Dodds, a new artist, and vendor at the BB&E.  Out of the 26 entries, her piece received the most votes from all of the people in the park. The prize was a collection of all of the entry fees, which totaled $26.  (My prize was seeing her beautiful smile light up the park! )  She had never won anything before, and she was absolutely tickled pink!  She happily floated around for the rest of the night and promised to enter into next years contest as well!  I couldn’t be happier for her and I’m completely thrilled with the excitement and enthusiasm of all of the people who participated!

So next year I’m planning on adding categories for different ages as well as mediums, including glitter & glue, beads, seeds, stones, fabrics and mosaic tiles! It’s great to have something fun to look forward to!!!

“It’s good to be doing what I’m supposed to be doing with the people I’m doing it with”

When I first read through the 9 Basic Human Needs, I first thought I needed Community because I like to be around people, (which is one of the requirements), but later, as I continued reading, I realized that I have more of a need for Exchange because, according to Barbara Taylor’s article “People with a need for exchange are concerned about the flow of energy in all types of relationships. They like to see things “moving” in some way that expresses balanced equality, integrity and an equal exchange.”

When I decided last November to put together this coloring contest, I had no idea that this was because of my need for Exchange. It just seemed like something I’m supposed to be doing. I needed to give people something special to do in a fun atmosphere. Ever since I had my epiphany in Mexico, I’ve hosted art classes for kids and grown-ups, as well as English and cooking classes while I was living in Brasil. That was when I started writing this blog.

Which leads me to my 3rd basic need, Expression. My need of Expression first manifested itself when I started making my burlap art in Mexico. I took a simple project I had first done in the fourth grade and expanded on it by making and adding beads, fur, flowers, leather strap, hand-made paper and lace.pink-days

I use art and writing as therapy to help me get through the really tough parts of life. And unlike pharmaceuticals, art therapy works most of the time with very mild side-effects. For instance now I have a dresser full of scrap material, my friends always give me cool stuff they’ve found, and my art cabinet is stuffed with beads, pine-cones, seeds, stones and other found items! Those are way better side-effects than dry-mouth, sleepiness or oily discharge!! :)

“Art builds community and the community creates value for all.” Seth Godin

Art and writing have given me something beautiful to focus on as well as a chance to express myself and make friends. img_4561_1_2_11:)

So there it is, my friendly blog reader, my top 3 basic needs and how I figured them out.

What do you think? Do you know what your top 3 basic needs are?

I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments!

Have a wonderful week and I’ll be back on Monday with the Inspirational song of the week.

xoxo Pam

In response to the stormy seas of life, my husband Blake and I have created this website to be a Current of Inspiration, a wave of love and joy to wash away hate and fear. By posting every week, it's our commitment to making our world a better place. We hope you find it uplifting and will share it with your friends! Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

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