Life is layered and complex and we miss our fullness when only one or two voices dominate a conversation. We need the holistic approach of our entire village in order to thrive.

Our bodies are made up of many independent systems working together for the benefit of the whole.

For example, our respiratory, digestive, and immune systems all provide vital information for our overall health. And to neglect one eventually has a cost for the rest. We cannot build our immune system while also neglecting to feed our body the nutrients it needs.

While there’s a time to focus on each system independently, we must also consistently step back and listen to our body as a whole.

And the same is true throughout our life and relationships.

For instance, the human soul is deep and complex with many inner voices to listen to within. There are times for solitude and community, for rest and active engagement. And a holistic approach allows us to care for all the various needs of our soul.

Likewise, relationships don’t happen in isolation and we do well to consider how personality traits, histories, cultural narratives and the like all factor into building strong relationships.

Whether individually, in relationships, or our communities at large, it’s important to remember we still need our village of advisors.

While some voices are loud and will make themselves heard, others are quiet and easy to overlook.

But an urgent voice doesn’t make it more important and we must have the wisdom to listen holistically.

Vital insights are missed when key stakeholders are not part of major decisions, which brings many long-term consequences if ignored for too long.

Don’t overlook the important voices in your story. Take a holistic approach to find the best way forward.

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