I think I have a unique way of looking at stability (which also got 6 out of 218 votes). I grew up in the same house my entire life with parents that loved each other and me. We had a routine and I was encouraged to be myself. I realize that isn’t the case for most people. After I got married, I moved to Florida, then North Dakota, and now we’re in Germany and will probably move within a year or so. Although my marriage is stable, moving is not. It causes all kinds of issues. So, I’ve had the ability to see both sides of stability in my life.
I’m not saying that I’m not happy when we move, it’s an adventure and I love seeing what new things God has planned for me. But, it absolutely causes stress and a lot of times sickness. When uncertainty arises in life, it affects each aspect of our lives.
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs suggests that before we can move to another dimension of need, the dimension below it must be fulfilled. For example, before we can work on our self-esteem, living in a safe environment must come first.
Life isn’t always going to be certain. When we move, my first goal is to get the girls back into a routine. Without a routine, they’re crazy, they need the security that comes with having a routine. I also try to have the house looking like a home within a week. If there are boxes and garbage everywhere, it’s hard to find a sense of security and stability.
Start at the bottom of the hierarchy and make sure those needs are met before moving onto the next dimension.
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Nine Dimensions of Wellness, cws.auburn.edu/studentaffairs/healthandwellness/about/?NineDimensions.