Mind Ready Monday: Gift Your Time

Photo by Annie Shak

Often times, I’m running too fast. From home to work. From work to errands. From errands to dinner.

I imagine you’re running, too. We’re all running. Life is a lot of work.

But I want us to challenge each other this week. Let’s slow down in the midst of December’s chaos to look around. Look toward your coworkers. Your neighbors. Your family. Look toward your grocer. Your bank teller. Your boss. Look around to see who needs you.

Maybe someone needs your time, your finances or your heart. Maybe someone needs your strength, your smile or your silence. Maybe all they want is to know they’re not alone.

Willingly offer a friend time you don’t really have. Happily greet a stranger even on your worst days. Excitedly warm someone’s heart even when yours is breaking.

Maybe the holidays have already encouraged you to adopt a family, collect necessary goods or round up children’s toys. Let the holidays also remind you to remain aware, so you offer help to even those who don’t necessarily ask for it.

Wishing you the happiest Monday. Now, go look around…