So after hearing that Mozart in the Jungle, produced by Amazon, won the Golden Globes for Best Comedy I decided to go and check it out. I just finished up the first season, and it’s great. Its very basic plot – it’s about a new conductor for the New York Symphony. But I find myself getting drawn in to how it’s exploration of passion, and what we’re willing to do, and give up, to live out our passion. The major characters in the series revolve around passion for music and making music, but there are other characters with other passions that come in to the picture.
Passion is something I struggled with a lot in my late twenties. I had trouble defining exactly what I was passionate about – other people seemed to think of me as a passionate person, but I didn’t see it inside myself. So I come to this discussion about passion knowing that you might be having that same trouble in defining what you’re truly passionate about. And if you don’t know – that’s ok. You don’t have to have what your passionate about figured out yet, and it’s likely to change often year-to-year, or day-to-day.
Mission is how we change the world through our passion. I’m a big believer in mission statements – I believe every organization and program should have a mission statement of the change they hope to make in the world. And I’m a believer in personal mission statements. About a decade ago I drafted my own personal mission statement during a small group ministry / covenant group session at my old UU congregation in Atlanta. I still have that mission statement and review it every so often, to gauge how my life matches my mission (and to see if I should edit it!)
Last week we talked about developing your family’s core values. This week I want you to think about taking those core values and creating a family mission statement. What impact do you want your family to have in our community? What can your family do to help heal the world? What is the mission of your family?
I encourage you to spend some time over the next week, and month, taking your family’s core values and seeing how they can fit into a mission statement for your family. And once you’ve gotten your family’s mission statement down, or at least a pretty good idea of your family’s mission, then it’s time to think about how you as a family together can live out your mission.