Played frisbee with my daughters and a neighbor boy for an hour. Quality time spent with one’s children is always giving … and receiving.
In the April 2011 edition of the Atlantic Monthly, Graeme Wood discusses the results of a soon-to-be-published study about the super wealthy. “Does great wealth bring fulfillment?” The study suggests — no.
The article highlights many interesting insights into a world most of us will never know, but this tidbit is fascinating,
“One complaint that Kenny commonly hears in his practice and has found echoed in the survey results is the sense of isolation that extreme wealth can engender. ‘Wealth can be a barrier to connecting with other people,’ writes the spouse of a tech wizard who cashed in to the tune of $80 million.”
When you give your time, you have the opportunity to connect with people outside your normal social circles. It opens a door to a more fulfilling life in my humble opinion. And there is very little pressure. Everyone appreciates a volunteer.
When I volunteered in April to paint a house, I didn’t need to know the social status of the people I worked with. I worked, talked and laughed with about a dozen people from all walks of life.
I met a man with Parkinson’s disease who was still working away in spite of the tremors. He and I talked about my mother’s own battle with the disease. We shared something small.
Giving our time is available, right now, to all of us. It makes connections and helps stave off isolation.
Regardless of how much money we have.