Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Giving GIFTS

As the Christmas holiday season is getting closer and all it entails, I've thought about the giving the real gifts of unconditional acceptance and time. It's easy to give money or buy presents, but it means more when we give of ourselves and what is most precious to us. TIME is a limited quantity in our busy world of working, raising families, dealing with daily pressures, etc. How do you give time? Reach out via email, phone or just sit down and talk face to face. I hope to do this during Thanksgiving with my Utah family members. Here's my thoughts on that topic:


Take thought to give a gift,
give some of your time today;
touch others' lives for good.
It takes courage and love,
awareness and effort
to make a difference now.

I remember one Christmas when my family made coupons for each other that could be redeemed for various services like make your bed, help with homework, do your chores, special date or whatever we could figure out that didn't cost money, but would be valued by the receiver. Note that most of these gifts revolved around TIME or giving our labors in behalf of someone else and didn't cost money. 


  1. I think the more we age, the more we realize time is more precious that 'stuff'.
    Happy Thanksgiving, Lin. Have fun with your family.

  2. Hi there, dear friend. Just checking to see how you’re doing these days, it’s been a while. I hope everything is okay with you.

    We've been doing coupons for a few years now and it's working well. The gift of time is more precious than anything we can buy a loved one.

    I hope you and the family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  3. So true. Just yesterday I told my husband that his time is most precious gift to me :)

  4. Love the idea of giving the gift of time because I'll admit I'm selfish with mine. Shame on me.

  5. I wanted to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving Lynn.. I have been so busy with my Mother's estate and the theft of some of her credit cards, that it is hard to think of the holidays..but stuff isn't important. People are...Michelle

  6. So true! Kindness and time and a little respect....all we need.

    My mom asked my daughter for a Christmas list. She couldn't do it. Then she came up with a few general ideas because Grandma insisted. But she kept saying she didn't need anything....I am grateful she has a heart.