Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Gift of Time



By Susan Reichert, Editor-in-Chief of Southern Writers Magazine

Don’t you just love receiving gifts?
Think how wonderful you feel when you see that gift. Wondering what it is.

Your eyes light up and your smile goes from ear to ear.

You know, there doesn’t have to be a holiday or special occasion to give gifts. In fact, some of the best gifts are when they aren’t expected. And one of the best is our time.

I think it is important to be giving of ourselves each day. To make someone’s day brighter is not just a blessing for them but also for us.

Writers also need gifts. The gifts we can give them are the words we write for a review after reading their book. We can also give them the gift of telling our friends on social media how much we enjoyed the author’s book. You could even take it a step further and send them a note on their social media about how much you enjoyed their book. Yes, this takes a little time…but not a lot. It’s doing something special for someone.

Just this effort would bring smiles and pleasure to the authors. These gifts last a long time.

To give of our time to someone else is the greatest gift besides love. it makes us feel special. Something we all need to feel.

Have you just recently read a book? Maybe you could spare a little time for the author. After all it took them months to write the book, possibly a year or more.

Is there someone you met at a conference that wanted to talk to you about how you got to where you are? Maybe because of your schedule you didn’t have the time to answer their questions and spend time with them. Get their name, address, phone number so you can set aside a few minutes to give them the gift of your time.

There is no better feeling on earth than when we help someone with our time. It’s the most precious gift we have to offer. Money you can make, time you can’t; it’s already set.


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