• Treat others the way they want to be treated
• Respect and protect (h/t @TheFamilyAlpha)
• Positively impact others
Family *doesn't* have to be blood. For us, it starts there, but our close friends... they're family. We prioritize these people over others. That's where we can have the most impact.
The stronger you are the harder you are to kill. Since the birth of our 1st, we've both broken every personal best between 5K and half marathon (in our mid-30's). Now, we're focused on lifting & strength. We demand excellence from each other.
We focus on what's essential. That's not THINGS. When you de-clutter your life, it opens room to think, to live. To have experiences that are far more valuable than depreciating assets.
• Focus on what we can have not what we can't.
• Focus on what we do have not what we don't.
• Focus on what we accomplished note what we didn't.
CBT. Stoicism. "This is Water." --> Find whatever works for you.
Our favorite thing to do in the evening is walk around the neighborhood with our kiddo. We search for pine cones, we chase squirrels, we play ball, et al.
We go inside when it gets dark. #optoutside
To be clear, we're not anti-fragile, but every day we focus on the process and attempt to get even with probability. As individuals, we're fragile, but as a family unit, we're moving in the right direction.
We practice essentialism. Which is to say we try not to waste our time on bullshit. If we choose to do something that aligns with our ultimate goal(s), we do it to the best of our ability. "If it's worth doing... it's worth..."
It used to be, "Everyday is a new opportunity to practice our commandments," but I loved the Polaroid idea so much that we adopted it for now. It's a good reminder to live a big, bold life.