Do I Have Time to Give Time?

Today’s blog article written by none other than our Volunteer Coordinator, Kim Toebbe!

Drive down the street, walk through a mall or sit in a park and you will see human beings presumably multi-tasking.  A parent or grandparent pushing a stroller or walking a dog while talking on a phone assumes this person is too busy to do one thing at a time.  Some claim to be suffering “time famine,” which is a new catch phrase meaning not enough hours in the day.  “I’m just too busy” is commonly heard whether one performs brain surgery or shelves books.

Since perception of time in your day is very subjective and relative let us take a look at it.  We all get 24 hours – no more, no less.  In a time study of an average American’s day one might find they spend:

  • 5-8 hours sleeping
  • 1-3 hours grooming
  • 1-3 hours eating
  • 1-4 hours driving
  • 8-10 hours working

The high average total is indeed greater than 24 hours which lends some credence to the claim that there are not enough hours.  Unless one multi-tasks, today’s modern pace is too frenetic, too busy and too bereft of joy.

Let’s look at this again through the eyes of one who volunteers.  A volunteer may give as little as one hour per day, week or month, but their perception of time changes.  A volunteer feels better about their time spent having selflessly helped in some way.  The old saying, “if you want something done, ask a busy woman,” also applies to men and children who volunteer.  The more one does, the more one can do because time becomes more valuable, less wasted and more precious.

New research, conducted by Cassie Mogilner of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, believes this is because giving away time boosts one’s sense of efficiency and personal competence, creating a perception of “time affluence.”  Volunteers may not be up on the latest reality shows but can often squeeze in one more mitzvah or good deed.

Time affluence is a marvelous term implying one has riches in abundance allowing service to humanity.  Time affluence helps both the donor and the recipient in ways which linger much longer than intrinsic riches often do.

To be truly happy one must give time.  Give time to loved ones.  Give time to neighbors and your community to improve life around you.  Give time to causes which resonate with you whether that’s animals, children, senior citizens, equal rights, education, politics or social service agencies such as Jewish Family & Career Services.  Win the “Powerball of life” and gain time affluence which will make you truly rich by volunteering.

Contact Kim Toebbe at (502) 452-6341 ext. 103 or go on-line at www.jfcslouisville.org and check out volunteer opportunities and begin to make a difference today.

 

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