I’m sure you’ve seen those family sign-things on Pinterest? The family rules signs?
James and I wanted a visual representation of the things we value as a family. But most weren’t right for us. Too kitchy, too Jesusy, too trite — they seemed to be filled with jokes and winks and not enough action.
So our family collaborated and distilled. We shrunk our family values into one short active word each. We shared some of the thinking behind each word below.
At least once, maybe twice but preferably three times, we try things new to us.
Failing is a virtue. It’s learning. And since childhood is chock full of failures, we might as well celebrate the fail.
We take pride in having people over into our space. We offer drinks, food and healing love. We comfort.
Entertaining, engaging and enlightening. Our family values the act of amusement.
Why? Where? How?
We value the act of questioning, even when it gets us in trouble (especially when it gets us in trouble).
Going out into the world means we open ourselves up to risk. That risk is always worth it.
We reject popular media’s biggest lie. Our best work is not done alone, it’s done with other people. We welcome collaboration, it makes us stronger.
We make connections, we make art, we make progress, we make hope.
We have enough. We have more than enough. Even when we don’t think we have enough, we can share.
Grateful hearts are a shortcut to a happy life. We thank the people, places, animals and things that contribute to the fullness of our lives.
Our bodies are happiest when they’re moving. We move by dancing, running, skipping, galloping, hiking, swimming, paddling, waving, pushing, pulling and hugging. We value movement.
Just like every other human in the world, we toot. And it’s pretty dang funny.
When we see something that requires action, we act. Even when it’s uncomfortable (especially when it’s uncomfortable).
When developing our family values image, we asked ourselves three questions:
1. What activities do we want to do as a family?
2. What are the attributes that make our family different from other families?
3. If we made poor choices — choices that didn’t reflect what’s important to us — what would those choices look like?
Have at it! You can do it too!