Your Time: Best. Gift. Ever.

“A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.

SON: ‘Daddy, May I ask you a question?’

DAD: ‘Yeah sure, what it is?’ replied the man.

SON: ‘Daddy, how much do you make an hour?’

DAD: ‘That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?’ the man said, angrily.

SON: ‘I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?’

DAD: ‘If you must know, I make $50 an hour.’

SON: ‘Oh,’ the little boy replied, with his head down.

SON: ‘May I please borrow $25?’

The father was furious, ‘If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I don’t work hard every day for such childish frivolities.’

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door. The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money? After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down and started to think: Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $25.00 and he really didn’t ask for money very often; the man went to the door of the little boy’s room and opened it.

‘Are you asleep, son?’ He asked.

‘No daddy, I’m awake,’ replied the boy.

‘I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier’ said the man. ‘It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here’s the $25 you asked for.’

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. ‘Oh, thank you daddy!’ he yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow, he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money and started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father.

‘Why do you want more money if you already have some?’ the father grumbled.

‘Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,’ the little boy replied.

‘Daddy, I have $50 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.’

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness. He was home early every day for the rest of the year.” ~ Unknown

Our lives are busy. We get stressed about work, money, obligations, oversleeping, and even our lack of sleep. We forget that the most valuable thing in this world is: time. Life is RULED by it after all. Aside from spoiling your loved ones with another pair of Christmas socks that they probably won’t wear and your obvious holiday cheer, indulge them with your time. Give them your undivided attention, with no phones or tablets, because we’re all a little guilty of coming home from work a little late… 4 months in a row.

Additionally, a wonderful tradition to teach your loved ones is to volunteer during the holiday season. This is the season of giving; typically, it brings chilly weather and hard times, financially, so giving your utmost valuable asset to those in need can be wickedly rewarding and keep the kiddos “down to Earth.” Show them how to get in touch with their philanthropic and compassionate side – it will help everyone in the long run.

 Gift of Time

Here are some fabulous ideas on spending a little extra time on someone else this holiday season:

Super Secret Santa

Pick someone that you know, it doesn’t have to be a close friend, it can be someone you are acquaintances with. Maybe it’s the lady with 10 cats who lives down the hall, or a co-worker who doesn’t really “mesh” with the group; perhaps it’s your best friend’s newly divorced mom. Find someone who is in need of a little extra Christmas spirit this season. Put together 3 “care packages” for them filled with small things like candy canes, lotto scratchers, an emergency clown nose (‘cause like, everyone needs one), or even a gift card to a restaurant they like. Wrap them in an appropriate seasonal fashion. Then for 3 days in a row, leave their gifts on their door step or desk and let them try to figure out who is caring for them. The best part is, you don’t have to give away your identity if you don’t want to! Simply spreading the love this season could be reason enough.

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Dish it Up!

Everyone deserves a hot meal, even more so during the holidays. Get a group of your favorite people and sign up to serve dinner at your local shelter or get connected with the Meals on Wheels food-delivery program! Share a meal with someone that you wouldn’t normally, you never know what will come from it; perhaps they’re super cool and BOOM! Instant besties!

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Out With the Old

We just have to have that uber huge flat screen TV with crazy lasers that heats up our coffee simultaneously or that hideously awesome Christmas sweater with the reindeer wearing purple hipster big-rimmed glasses on it; but have you considered that the more stuff you bring into your life, the more you should donate? Out with the old! Go through your closet and garage this winter and donate some of that dusty junk that you’re clearly not using. Not only will it get rid of some of the clutter that’s ruling your living space, but who knows? It might be the perfect present for someone less fortunate. You don’t need that Gigli DVD anyway and you’ve outgrown that “Chicks dig me” t-shirt. Time to let them go, man.

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Christmas Cards for the Troops

Did you know that you can decorate cards for the holidays and send them to our troops overseas? Thanks to local American Red Cross chapters, “Holiday Mail for Heroes” makes this possible. It only takes a little bit of your time, and it can help spread some much needed holiday cheer to our awesome troops who can’t be with their families to this season.

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It’s true, you know, we are all people. As we shimmy through the harsh winter months, make sure to take a little bit of time and give it to someone else. Your time: Best. Gift. Ever.

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