You know the saying. Do this or that to buy some time. I know what they mean, but you can’t actually buy time, right? Of course not. But it can be given to you.
You only get so much time for your “Life”, and there’s no way to know how much that is. So how can it be given to you? When you help someone with something, a chore or a task, you shorten the time it took for them to do it. In essence, you gave them some time and lost some of your own. If they return the favor, for the same amount of time, you got it back, right? Time can be given in this context.
We go through life trading time for everything. Sleeping takes time, so does eating. If we did neither, we would lose more time than the actual amount needed to perform either task. So, you lost time that you can’t get back. Is there anything we can do to increase our time?
They say exercise and eating healthy will increase our lifetime. Are we sure? What if you left the gym, ate a nice salad while resting at a beautiful park, then you were hit and killed by a car on the way home. There are to many variables to say anything will increase life, only odds and statistics to base those theories on.
I think time is the most important thing in your life, and should not be given recklessly, or without forethought. Every minute of time you give may not be returned. That’s not to say we shouldn’t give any, just make sure it counts. Choose carefully and use it to benefit someone that will understand and appreciate the value of the gift you give. You can’t help everyone, so make it personal. Start with those closest to you then branch out.
Giving this way makes it worth the “Lost” time as you can see the benefit of your gift. Sending a check to a charity will never give you the same satisfaction as giving away the most precious thing you will ever have to someone that matters in your life, and that’s time.