Caregivers and volunteers have something in common: They give their time selflessly. Oftentimes we don’t recognize the importance of time. Giving someone your time speaks volumes about your relationship with that particular person or concept. For instance, caregivers offer their precious hours each day to the ones they love, while volunteers spend their time supporting causes that are important to them, like tutoring young children or walking dogs at their local animal shelter.
“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.” – Rick Warren
This quote really speaks volumes about the importance of time. We’re always told how short life is, which is why giving those minutes and hours to someone or something else is such a strong expression of love and care.
Now is the time to dedicate your time to things that you really care about, whether it’s a relationship you would like to strengthen or a cause you’re really passionate about. We’re not always guaranteed a tomorrow, so you have to ask yourself exactly how you would like to spend each day. Retirement living doesn’t have to mean taking a backseat in life – instead, take the reigns and really figure out how you would like to spend this new chapter.
There are always plenty of volunteer opportunities to lend yourself to, whether it’s building affordable housing with Habitat for Humanity, reading to children at your local library or volunteering your time with local food banks in support of Meals on Wheels – a nutrition program aimed at preventing hunger and malnutrition.
Sometimes giving doesn’t have to mean offering a physical item – your time can often be the most powerful gift of all.