This blog is about giving time.
It started as a challenge to myself, a working dad of three, but has become much more. It is for you and anyone in your life who could use a daily dose of inspiration. Positive words. Words that inspire us to live better. Everyday.
I’d also encourage you to read this short note about why I write this blog. It sums up the philosophy behind what you’re reading: http://giveourtime.com/why-this-blog-is-for-you/
The most important to remember -
We *do* have time to make a difference.
Christmas 2010 came and went like every other Christmas. The malls opened their doors wide; the churches rang with praises, the decorations went up; the kids opened presents; good times were shared round a big dinner. And then it was over. Just like every other Christmas.
Why is it always like that? A feel good month, a few days of rest, then its forgotten. Why can’t we keep that giving spirit everyday? Could I?
Maybe I could keep that spirit of giving alive by doing one thoughtful, giving thing everyday. So I threw up a Facebook post as a challenge to myself to see if I could.
The original Facebook post:
Every day until next Christmas, I’m going to try
to do something helpful for someone or our community;
something which might be a little uncomfortable;
something which connects me to someone;
something which requires me to listen to people I disagree with;
or something which forces me to seek out people who need a hand up.
in the hopes that it becomes a habit.
I am challenging myself to give my time to make a small difference in the world and to better myself along the way.
I challenge you to join me.
A Note About The Format
At the beginning of every post, I try to find a quote that summarizes my thoughts. There have been so many good writers throughout history, with the power to express in beautiful concise language, the thoughts that define our humanity. It is the least I can do to humble myself before their talent.
At the end of every post, in italics, is how I’ve given my time. Quite often I try to relate my post in some way to how I gave my time that day, or by highlighting an ordinary person, doing extraordinary things for their community.
This intentional, daily action is the heart of the blog, and the path to making our lives and the lives of the people in our world better.
“How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a weary world.”
~William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, slightly modified in 1971 for Willie Wonka