When we think of “giving”, we often think of dollars, gifts, or material things. While all is well and good with giving in this manner, another term we’re familiar with that presents an alternative option for giving is volunteering, which we most associate with our time.
When we give our time, we give much more than anything material could ever offer. We give emotion and effort alongside any form of material help. Monetary gifts help, certainly. Many donors make society-changing gifts frequently, which can lead to real impact and real good. But for the vast majority of our “day to day” giving, time is the most powerful tool we have available.
We heard this question once: “What do you think someone will remember most?
Sending money to help pay for movers while your friends switch apartments, or you spending time moving couches and tables for a couple of hours in your free time?”
People remember how you make them feel, less what you send as a gift in the mail. This is why we don’t miss weddings or funerals. You’re there for someone on their big day or in their deepest time of need. Physically, mentally, emotionally there.
What will make you happy in the long run isn’t keeping score of how much time you give vs. anyone else, but rather giving without the expectation of anything in return. That’s trading, and it isn’t the same. Unfair “trades” of time will leave you expectant and often frustrated, rather than giving, which produces feelings of gratitude, purpose, and meaning.
This week, practice “giving better”; be present and give your time, energy, focus, and care to someone who needs it. This is our 4th pillar in “Move Better, Eat Better, Think Better, and Give Better.” Use your gifts, and give back.
Go have the best day ever (and help someone have theirs, too).
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