Even if Time is Tight, Volunteering is Possible!
I am amazed by the number of people that I hear from who apologize for only being able to volunteer one or two hours a week. Some of them don’t feel like the time they have to contribute can make a difference. Some even avoid volunteering because they consider their potential contribution a waste of time. Does this describe you?
It Doesn’t Take Much
This way of thinking couldn’t be further from the truth! Volunteering does not need to be a huge time commitment to make a positive difference. Let me prove it to you by walking you through a short exercise. It will only take you a few minutes to do this exercise, but it will be worth it.
- Think back over your life and make a list of every person that had a positive impact on you.
- Once your list is complete, write down the amount of time it took them to make that contribution.
- Check your list for at least one person that helped or encouraged you in a short amount of time.
Most people that do this exercise will uncover memories of several individuals that contributed to their life in a positive way. Many of those did it through something they said or a small gesture they made. If they could do it for you, you can do it for others!
You Can Spare a Few Minutes
We ALL have enough time to make a difference, even a small one. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you don’t have anything to offer. The tiniest action can produce massive results. Volunteering is not the only way to impact a person’s life. It could be as simple as writing them a note or picking up the phone to let them know they matter to you.
There is someone in this world that is waiting for you to donate whatever time you can afford to make their life and the world around them a little bit better. Don’t let your thoughts of wanting to have more time keep you from giving to that person today. You never know the reward that could be awaiting you!