Last night, Ken Mattsson gave an adult spiritual education workshop at church on creating a mission statement for one's life. He started by ahving us brainstorm to come up with a list of things we want to do, things we would like to be remembered for doing. Then he had us identify the people we would like to affect. He then gave out a worksheet with 180 action verbs (call, communicate, connect, demonstrate, explore, facilitate, support, sustain, etc.) and asked us to select three or four words that most inspire us. We then took what we had just generated and formed mission statements for our lives. This is what I came up with:
My mission is to connect people and to explore and demonstrate methods of cooperative and sustainable living that can be built upon by future generations.
What I came up with didn't surprise me, but I'd never articulated it into a mission statement. I haven't been doing much of anything that would be in line with that, though; it is more of what I want to do with my life than a description of anything I'm actually doing right now. As Ken said at the beginning, having a mission statement doesn't automatically tell us what we should be doing, but it can help if we see multiple options since we can evaluate which ones are in line with our mission statement and narrow things down. It is a first step, in any case; now I need to put it into action.