Yes, this is personal finance blog. But I don’t want you to save more money, pay off your debt, build an emergency fund, or invest just for the sake of having more money. That’s not what it’s about. I want you to do it for the freedom it brings. Freedom from stress and the freedom to use your time how you want.
With less stress and more time, you’re better able to truly pay attention and give your time to the most important people in your life – those you love.
During this time of year, we tend to get caught up in gift giving, shopping, and the harried rush of activities. But, please, don’t forget about the best gift of all – your time. I can’t say it any better than this:
Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time.
It is not enough to just say relationships are important; we must prove it by investing time in them. Words alone are worthless. “My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.” Relationships take time and effort, and the best way to spell love is “T-I-M-E.” ― Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?
This time of the year, when many are digging themselves deeper into debt to buy their loved ones gifts, it’s important to take a step back and recognize why we give gifts (and if we are really giving the best gifts). We give gifts to show our appreciation for a person, to show them we love and care about them.
Give Them the Best Gift of All
The best gift you can give someone is your time. They will soon forget the perfect gift you purchased at the mall, but they will never forget the time you spent, the memories you created, together. Those memories will never be left to gather dust in a closet or fall off the shelf and break.
So, if you’re on the fence for that last minute gift, stop for a second and consider the person you are buying for. What would the gift of your time mean to them?
Do they like coffee? Take them out for breakfast at a great coffee shop.
Do they like wine? Take them out for a nice glass of wine.
Do they enjoy great food? Cook them a gourmet meal.
Do they love the outdoors? Plan a hike you can take together (or a backpacking adventure).
Do they like to play games? Buy them a new game (or give them one of yours) and play it with them.
Do they love to read? Read a book together and talk about it.
Give them the best gift of all. Spend time with them doing the things they love to do.