Monday, May 4, 2015

8:52 AM 5/4/2015

Lee Horton, Marketplace Mission Learning Center's four year Art teacher, loaned me a copy of the movie,  "Julie & Julia" which I watched yesterday afternoon.  Meryl Streep as Julia Child and Amy Adams as Julie Powell give outstanding performances in this story by Nora Ephron. The mission the frustrated office worker, Julie Powell, sets for herself is to make all 524 recipes found in Julia Child's cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking in one year and blog about the experience. The movie parallels Julia Child's struggles to learn French cooking and to write and publish the famous cookbook with Julie Powell's struggles to make all 524 recipes in one year and blog about the experience.

How do you help students come to see life as a set of missions?  How do you help students come to see the power of the mission engine in your life and how life changing setting missions can be?  This movie may be a first step.

Mission and vision statements differ.  Mission statements are written in the present tense, define a purpose and set primary objectives. They are short, clear and powerful. A vision statement defines your purpose but focuses on goals and aspirations in uplifting and inspiring ways. A vision statement may be the same throughout a lifetime.  Julie Powell set a mission statement that defined a task - make the 524 recipes and blog about the experience and defined a time frame to complete the task. What emerged from the experience was that Julie Powell began to develop a life changing vision for her life.