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?