Over the weekend, we were headed out on a little family walk.
Taking family walks is one of my favorite things to do together.
It’s a time to unplug, enjoy nature, get a little exercise, and connect. As we were headed out, I turned around and saw Caleb had a camera. He wanted to take pictures of this winter walk. I smiled to myself and only said, “very fun!”
What are things that are an easy yes for you? When you think through a situation or a plan and there is an obvious alteration to it, what is an easy yes?
In my situation, getting off technology, a screen, and devices is part of my heart for these walks. Yet, Caleb had a camera and I allowed it.
One of my family values
As we walked and I thought through why I allowed the camera, it hit me. An easy yes for me is creativity. I will always welcome the creative process.
For example, we can be pulling out of the driveway, running late for something and Reagan asks to run back inside for markers and a notebook….and I stop the car and allow it.
I can have just vacuumed the house and be ok with Reagan pulling out cardboard boxes, hot glue and making all kinds of little shavings on the floor in her creative project.
Jeremiah might ask for chalk markers to use on his chalkboard wall, instead of the messiness of regular chalk, and I add it to my shopping list.
I can have a sewing project out and someone wants to paint and I clear off my whole desk or table to get them started.
Caleb may want to take a camera on a walk to make this reel and in the process give me all these pictures that I have turned into this post, and I am so proud.
The creative process is something I value and always say yes to.
What is an easy yes for you?
Has something come to mind that is an easy yes for you? Here are a few ideas of things that it could be…
- heart level talks: will you stay up later, if your kids are wanting to talk?
- healthy food: will you say yes to a snack at any time in the day if it is something healthy?
- sports: will you sign your kid up for a travel sport and be ok driving and giving weekend time, if it’s keeps your kid doing a sport he/she loves?
When we normally think of family values, honesty, perseverance, responsibility, character, and kindness might be some that you automatically think about. I think there are also others that you might not realize is also a value. If you start thinking about it, and process through how other families treat that same thing, you can begin to see it as a value.
These pictures help me see the world like Caleb does. What caught his eye, the angle he captured it, and even the placement of his subject is interesting to me.
I will always encourage the creative process. It’s a value to me. What is a value to you?
It’s important to know your values
Life is going so quickly, and I think it’s important to know your values so you can treat and honor it as one. Just because it’s important to you, doesn’t mean it is to everyone. So, to get you thinking more about what you may value, think through these questions:
- What makes you really happy?
- When are you most proud?
- What do you spend free time doing?
Maybe you already know what you value and what is an easy yes for you. If you do, I hope this is just an encouragement that it’s good to be YOU, even if you prioritize something others may not treat with the same weight.
If you don’t know what a unique value that you care about may be, I hope it gets you thinking.
Honoring your family values is a form of creating a connection that matters.
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