A Time Gift is time spent with someone special to you.
Have you heard the saying, “The greatest gift you can give someone is your time. Because when you give your time, you are giving a portion of your life that you will never get back.”
I don’t know who originally said it. I heard it from a friend, and it has stayed with me ever since.
Life gets busy. There are errands to run, meals to fix, kids to shuttle off. And if you run a business, clients to serve. Sitting down for a break can be a challenge.
But it can lead to refreshment in unexpected ways.
The other day, right before saying goodnight to my kids at their bedtime, I sat down in the middle of their bedroom. I’d had a busy day and my mind was racing with thoughts of What else do I need to get done for the day?
My son asked me, “Do you want to see the ship I made?”
I almost didn’t hear the question.
“See? Mommy?” His voice broke through my preoccupied mind.
Slowly I turned my head and looked at the ship he had built out of Legos. He pointed to a secret compartment he had created. It was amazing.
At that moment I realized, I could either be a shell of a mom sitting in the same room with my son or I can think about looming tasks later. My son wanted to show me something cool. I had a rare chance to connect with him on his turf.
I decided to spend time with my son. And I will never forget the way his eyes lit up as he showed me his spaceship.
What about you… what Time Gift can you give? Consider doing a fun activity or having lunch with a friend or child. Who will be delighted to spend time with you this week or next? Give them a call. Maybe you remember they’ve been eyeing that pretty sweater at the mall… wrap it up in a box and surprise them.