Shaya's father understood that if his son was chosen to play, it would give him a sense of belonging. - Wayne Dyer, The Shaya Story
Wayne Dyer has been a major influence in my life ever since I learned of him in 1986. After he sadly passed away a couple of years ago, I became reacquainted with his work, and more recently have watched a video clip of The Shaya Story contained within his presentation The Power of Intention. Something in that story - and how he presents it - has been popping into my mind almost every day for the past few weeks.
A sense of belonging, as he reminds us, is near the top of self-actualization as proposed in Maslow's hierarchy of needs.
It's really what life all comes down to. Not "winning," not being "the best" at something, nor getting an "A." Feeling that one belongs somewhere - and helping someone else to belong - it seems to me, to be the greatest realization that anyone could have.
I think Wayne Dyer's lessons for the power of intention, and for that of belonging, can have strong implications for our workplaces - our domestic staff teams - and how we treat others, how we help others to belong, and how we find belonging for ourselves.
The Shaya Story: