Over the course of the last year or two we’ve been faced with a lot of major decisions. Sometimes, as a couple/family, you find yourself unsure of whether the steps you’ve taken are the best ones for your future, or if they even line up with what you really value. During Kathryn’s blog-reading a while back, she came upon a post by one of her favourite bloggers, Tsh (Tim pronounces it like the noise when the seal on a shaken pop bottle is broken) at SimpleMom.
You can check the post out yourself, but basically it’s all about creating a family Mission Statement. The idea is that you put some serious time into discussing what your long (and short) term priorities are, your core values, your personal dreams and desires, and then you pack it all into a brief statement that you can reference when making life decisions. It doesn’t have to be a big ordeal every time you bring it out, only to be used at epic moments… think of it more like a quick check to help you determine whether or not an action you’re considering is worth pursuing in the grand scheme of things.
So, over the last 3 weeks or so we’ve worked on identifying our priorities and desires, and summarized them in the following statement:
“As a family, it is our desire to live life in such a way that we:
- are led by faith in God
- serve and connect with one another and our community
- strive for simplicity in terms of possessions and lifestyle
- seek out the adventures that life has to offer
We believe that following these guiding principles, and bringing our daily needs and decisions before God in prayer, will help us remain focused on our goals and enjoy life to the fullest.”
As you can see, the core values we agreed upon were Faith, Service, Connection, Simplicity, and Adventure. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t totally sold on the idea when Kathryn first mentioned it to me, but now that we’ve got the thing laid out it’s kind of nice to refer back to when faced with various circumstances. It’s helped us identify some aspects of our lives that have been lacking, thus leading to dissatisfaction.
I hope you find this interesting, and feel free to take the same approach in your own households. Just make sure to give credit to Tsh, and say her name out loud just for fun (the way Tim does, not the way Kathryn would: Tish).