Since I have worked in non-profits, I have fallen in love with mission statements. They are simple, direct, complex and hopeful. They guide decision making and simply state an organization’s purpose, its direction.
The Mountain Man and I have been working on a family mission statement. We’ve been kicking around our “key words” for a while, and we’ve come up with some ideas. We may need to narrow it down, but for now I feel like all of these things are so integral to our family that none could be removed.
I am going to paint this on a big canvas or framed piece of wood one day, and it will hang in our home.
It will be centering for us, it will define us, it will guide us in decision making. It’s a list for how we will live.
In this family, we love
We are kind to one another
We are compassionate
We live in a simple, natural, responsible way
We live below our means
We are active, we explore. We go on adventures
We eat well, we laugh
We spend time with nature
We never stop learning
We strive to be better people than we were yesterday
It’s such an interesting process, to put down on paper the things that each family member values and try to make them one cohesive thing. There’s no striking down what the others value, but there is weighing what is a personal value vs. a family value. It’s enlightening. I recommend it.
This is a process, a statement in progress. We may come back to it after some time and decide to make some alterations. It was fun to work on, and I am so, so excited to put this in my home. It may be a while before I can get around do it. I’m probably going to have to wait until after my convention in May. But my heart is so full with this right now, I can’t wait to put this up in my home so I can see it, be reminded every day of what we value, what makes us happy, find guidance, see what we stand for as a family. I think it will be centering when things feel a little out of control. When I’m tired and overwhelmed, it will remind me that I am making choices every day about how I am living my life and raising my family. It will be my mantra.
I’d love to hear other family statements, to get a glimpse into what you value and how you’re building your lives!