One of my overall goals for 2017 (who am I kidding this post has been in the making since my blog launched) was to develop a family mission statement. I dug deep into the values that Shane and I hold for our family, and the traits we would like to instill in our children as they grow. I felt strongly that although it can be reviewed at any time, this statement should really stand the test of time.
To start, I listed all the things I wanted to encompass;
- Loving Deeply and infinitely
- Expressing Gratitude
- Taking ownership
- Honor and Respect
- Willingness to participate / try new things
- Being humble
- Morality and conviction
Next I divided the above into three sections
Expectations; Love, Honor, and Respect
Principals; Faith, hard work/ dedication, and morality/conviction
Goals; Courage, Encouragement, Grateful, and Humble hearts
Then I began structuring each of these elements into one large statement based on this organization.
“We, the Povey family, commit to our purpose within this home to love each other without condition, honoring each other with intention, and respecting the individuality, goals, and dreams of each family member.
We shall strive to stay true to our family purpose through dedication to our faith, our social responsibilities, and recognizing the importance of the convictions of our hearts so we may make sound and wholesome judgments. Interacting as such, we shall continue to demonstrate courage to fearlessly face each of our challenges, and celebrate the strength our family provides to accept the outcomes, that we may grow individually; molding a healthier and happier whole.
Our family will facilitate a home that is encouraging, grateful, and humble. We shall not limit the geographical parameters of such behaviors, that we may go out each day extending the same love and intention to those that cross our paths.
Making our world a little kinder, gentler and more accepting each day at a time.”
I encourage each of you to make a family mission statement, connect with each of your family members goals, and to keep your self accountable to be the spouse, parent, friend, employee, etc. that you had intended to be.