Category Archives: Inspiration

Family Mission Statement

It’s no secret that I love podcasts.  Some are great for learning new things.  Some I enjoy for their entertainment value and a couple I listen to because they tend to make me think.

I’ve written about this podcast before but one that definitely makes me think is “In The Loop” by New York Times Best Selling Author Andy Andrews.  His Podcast Episode 131 got my mind going again.  In it he talks about the benefits of having a “Family Mission Statement”.

What a neat idea! I had never heard of a family having a mission statement.  The Church we belong to has one.  Major corporations have them but I had never considered coming up with one for our family.

In the podcast Andy was careful not to share the mission statement of his family.  Not because he didn’t want others to know it.  He just didn’t want others to be influenced by it as they crafted their own. That’s understandable.

So now I’m thinking about all the things that we could include in a mission statement for my family.  What’s important to us?  What do we value?   How do we want to treat each other and our belongings? What about our work ethic?  Our faith?  These are all things that could be hashed out and included.

Creating a family mission statement will probably fill the dinner conversation for many meals… but I’m OK with that.  If the whole family creates it together there should be more “buy in” by everyone.

Have you ever known a family that had a mission statement?  Does your family have one?

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What’s On Your Bucket List?

Recently TobyMac posted a Facebook status update that asked a simple question.  What’s on your “bucket list”?  That list of things you’d like to accomplish or experience before you die.

I hadn’t really thought about it before.  So today I spent some time coming up with my bucket list:

1.  Do the Richard Petty Driving Experience… preferably in Las Vegas.

2.  Travel internationally with my wife.  I’m thinking Paris would be romantic and fun.

3.  Eat lobster in Maine.

4.  Visit every state.

5.  Voice an audio book.

6.  Go on a mission trip.

7.  Own a business. Not exactly sure what.

8.  Have a small part in a movie.  Even being an extra would be cool.

9.  Attend an NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game won by the ISU Cyclones.

10.  Be a mall Santa for a day.

That’s my list.  It may change or be added to but at least it’s a start.

What’s on your bucket list?

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What Do You Worry About Most

On the way home from work most nights I listen to podcasts. Tonight’s selection was from New York Times Best Selling Author Andy Andrews and his podcast In The Loop.  Recently during his podcasts Andy has been answering questions his fans have emailed in.

The particular question for this episode was, “What’s the hardest thing in your life and what do you worry about most?”  I’ll admit that after I heard the question I didn’t “hear” much of the rest of the podcast.  I was too busy trying to figure out how I would answer.

I skipped the “what’s the hardest thing in your life” and focused on “what do you worry about most”.  I probably did that because I can tend to be a worrier.  So for the better part of thirty minutes I thought long and hard about my worries and fears.

While that might sound depressing it was actually quite freeing.  I realized that when I faced my worries and fears on my terms they didn’t seem so big.  It’s when they sneak up on you that they can seem insurmountable.

I don’t think focusing on your worries all the time is healthy but setting some time aside every once in awhile to think about them could be a good thing.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Now I need to go back and hear how Andy Andrews answered the question.

What’s the hardest thing in your life and what do you worry about most?

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