To live and love life TOGETHER as a family.
We hear a lot about living and loving life, and they’re fine goals to have. But how do we define these goals as families in our modern world?
To really live and love family life, the word TOGETHER surely has to be in there. After all, what’s the purpose of a family unless we desire to spend time together.
What do we see?
When we look at our lives and ask ourselves “WHY WE’RE HERE”, what do we see?
THE HEALTHY HOME FAMILY mission is about “seeing” our lives in a new way, and learning to make decisions that lead toward our family’s firmly stated and desired QUALITIES OF LIFE.
As families, we have to envision and define the “Qualities of Life” that are most important and meaningful to us. We also use the term “True Family Values” here interchangably with “Qualities of Life”.
An example of a true family value is:
WE WANT TO #LIVEANDLOVELIFETOGETHER AS A FAMILY!
That’s a “Quality of Life” statement, a family value that, once stated, forces us to consider a bigger picture before making any decisions that could affect the way of life we have stated to desire.
Simply put, “Will this or that decision or action lead us TOWARD our stated “Quality of Life”, or AWAY from it”?
Its not rocket science.
But the fact is that the subject of decision-making or, “how we make decisions”, is one that has never traditionally received a whole lot of attention.
And yet, our decisions and choices define so much of how our lives turn out.
So it’s a vitally important subject! And one that we devote a lot of time to here at THE HEALTHY HOME FAMILY, in a series of Blogs called “Changing The Way We Make Decisions”, based on the ground-breaking Holistic Management® framework of rancher, writer, ecologist Allan Savory.
Part of this new decision-making framework is about understanding how connected everything is – including our own lives – and how holistic decision-making compares to conventional decision-making in terms of “seeing the big picture”, which is so vital for the good decisions of a sustainable humanity.
Another part, as we have briefly touched on here, is clearly defining our most meaningful qualities of life – our passions and dreams – the things we literally “live for” and would gladly give the rest of our lives for. We also have to define what must be “produced” to achieve those “qualities of life”, as well as how we must go about sustaining those qualities far into the future.
Once we have framed this “holistic context”, the next part – the exciting bit – is making decisions towards the life we desire using a structured framework for decision-making which factors in important social, economic and environmental implications.
If we learn to see our family lives in terms of our greatest aspirations, our deepest values and our highest ideals, we can realise something truly powerful in life. Its called:
Setting right goals and making right decisions toward those goals is the starting point of truly LIVING LIFE! We can obtain a good bearing and make decisions that plot our course purposefully TOWARD the qualities of life we have clearly stated to hold most dear.
We also have an effective mechanism for avoiding making wrong decisions, and keeping our families on course in the stormy seas of life.
Loving our lives as families – or equally, as individuals – goes far beyond “love” the warm, fuzzy feeling. As humans, we have been gifted with a higher-plane responsibility here on earth:
CARING for, and SERVING… life itself.
Beyond the basic responsibility of looking after our own lives, our responsibilities as “carers and servants” in this world includes caring for and serving the lives of our families, communities and natural environments.
In our family units we have the precious opportunity of rehearsing how to care for and serve one another, practising the outward looking way of give that we end up taking with us wherever we go in life.
This outpouring of “love”, in fact, is what makes us conduits for love itself, a principle beautifully depicted in the delightful children’s book, “Have you filled a bucket today? A guide to daily happiness for kids.”, by Carol McCloud.
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The book illustrates a simple yet profound truth – that the act of filling another person’s “bucket” is the means by which our own buckets may be filled. And, that for love to be replenished within us, we must first freely give of the love that we have.
Its the universal law of love in action. And, for families, this book is a true gem.
It’s… Why We’re Here
As we considered some of the values in life that are most meaningful and important to us as a family, these 3 gave life to “THE HEALTHY HOME FAMILY”!
These are some of the most essential and fundamental qualities of LIFE.
And by learning to make decisions every day toward them, we can shape our future as they become reality in our lives.
At THE HEALTHY HOME FAMILY, our fervent desire is for you to find the inspiration to strengthen and empower your family’s mission in life, and to turn the qualities of life you and your family hold most dear… into reality.
Please join us, as we navigate our way towards learning and recapturing some of life’s greatest values and aspirations!