I invite you to consider some thoughts about time. Within the past two years I have experienced the loss of a loved one in my family. This loss was crushing to my soul and at times I felt like I was lost and in a black hole. However, MANY people gave me some of their time to sit with me, listen to me and cry with me as my soul was healing. Their time was valuable and yet they were sharing something they could never get back. It was the greatest gift of all.
In my lifetime I have shared my time volunteering in a variety of ways. In early marriage it was supervising a cub scout unit…and no, I didn’t have any boys…I didn’t have any kids. Like many of you I volunteered when my children were in school as a home room mother. In later years I have and continue to volunteer at the Women’s Prison in Mitchellville, at the Ronald McDonald House, as a CASA [Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children] and as a mentor with the Drake Literacy Program. These experiences have given back to me more than I could ever have given to them. I have found that when I do something with and for others it frees me from focusing too much on myself. It provides me an opportunity to engage in someone else’s life and not spent too much time dwelling on what I might consider my woes and worries in life. It is healing. It is TIME WELL SPENT!
I invite you to think about how you spent your time. Consider the time that others have given you and what you given to others. Ask yourself. Do I like the way I have spent my time? ###