Our mission (yep, we’ve already chosen to accept it!)

How can it be that the week is almost over (and the linky is about to close!!) and I haven’t managed to write this post yet? We actually wrote our mission statement mid-week but until now I haven’t sat down and written about it.  Still, no time like the present. Creating our mission statement was reasonably straight-forward and quite fun. I’m sure the reason I found it so hard to narrow down my list of core values was because I put a lot of pressure on myself to create a list that was FINAL and would be true forever more. But of course it is impossible to predict how things might change (how I might change) over time.

So this time I just decided I was going to be happy with whatever we came up with that is right for us at the moment. There was no pressure that we had to come up with a mission statement that would stand the test of time. It didn’t have to be perfect, final and non-negotiable. Once I had sorted that out in my head, it was a really fun process.

I was determined to include our soon-to-be 4 year-old in the process of creating our family mission statement but really wasn’t sure how that would go. I’m happy to report that although I’m not convinced he understood the big picture of what we were trying to do, he was certainly happy to contribute to the dinner table conversation we had prompted by Deb’s questions.

He came out with some incredibly beautiful comments. Things like “I am most happy when we are all cuddling” and “I think we should always be kind and gentle with each other”  and “When we feel sad we talk about what is wrong and then cuddle and kiss”.

He had some really important things to say: “I hate it when we rush”, “I think we need to be silly and laugh more” and “I love it when we all play”. And in response to me asking him several times for his thoughts on a particular question: “Mummy, I’m not talking because my mouth is full!” Fair point.

Meanwhile, our baby girl made her own important contribution to the conversation by reminding us how much we value good food and looking after our bodies. Avocado…….yummo.

After the kids were in bed, hubby and I did our best to pull it all together and in fact, it was a pretty smooth process.

So….drumroll…..our family mission statement looks a bit like this:

We will love and respect one another and respect all the other living (and non-living) things in our lives.

We will be kind and gentle with one another.

We will make time for each other and ensure that we genuinely connect with one another by talking and listening and cuddling. We will truly share our lives and support one another.

We will be silly, play, have lots of fun and laugh.

We will spend as much time outdoors as we can connecting with nature.

We will prepare and eat nutritious, delicious food.

We will be active and look after our bodies.

We will take advantage of every opportunity that comes our way and not be afraid to try new things.

We will never forget how incredibly lucky we are for so many reasons, particularly the people in our lives, where we live and the freedom we enjoy.

We will be active members of community who contribute and never forget how much we can learn from other people.

We will try not to take things too seriously!

Could do with a bit of pruning, but this is just fine for now.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deb @ Home life simplified
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 11:35:46

    I love your little boy’s contributions – out of the mouth of babes – things like telling us they don’t like it when we rush are very valuable contributions right?

    Prune when you are ready, but be happy with what you cam up with – it is beautiful and something great to guide you.


    • buildingwings
      Jan 31, 2012 @ 02:22:09

      Yep, the no rushing one is a big one for me. Because really, there is rarely serious time pressre. And I hate to think that he might look back and feel like his childhood was one big rush.


  2. Deb
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 11:24:30

    I was in the same boat as you. I have just written my post and published our mission statement as well. We had written it earlier in the week and then the time just evaporated. I love your mission statement. I am enjoying the digging deep involved in this challenge. I find I am really focusing on things in a more positive light since begining this journey. Finding all the positives in every day.

    Cheers, Deb


    • buildingwings
      Jan 31, 2012 @ 02:23:38

      I don’t really understand where time keeps disappearing to! Good on both of us for sticking with the challenge, I am also really enjoying the thinking involved. Shall head over and check out your mission statement now!


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