THE GIFT OF SPENDING TIME

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Time is priceless. There is no monetary value we can put on spending time, or time spent or time to be spent. Gifts are gifts. Making a date with someone to spend time, being together or doing something together is precious and priceless. 

Write a note in a card to say one hour together having lunch or taking a walk or cooking something or whatever—the gift of being present with someone—one-on-one—in the here and now. Being fully, totally present is a present. And it may become something you do, not only once as a gift, but periodically during the year. Connection and spending time in our world has become one thing to fit in to a demanding life schedule. It should be the opposite: we should have time to spend with people and then fit in everything else! So if you are obliged to give a gift to say, someone who has everything, why not replace a thing with a date to spend time? If you give a lot of gifts to kids, why not make one of them a gift of spending time and marking it on the calendar? Creating a special event that doesn’t cost a whole lot of money. Simple. 

What people really need is to connect with each other and help each other to navigate through life in a meaningful way. Not to have the up-over-last-year’s model of some electronic or another thing to put on the shelf. Not just to get more, be more, have more, but to nourish the person within by being with others. That is a great gift. Spending meaningful time is not only a gift to the other but to ourselves. 

And while we’re at it, why don’t we give the gift of spending time with ourselves?  Taking a day once a week, once every two weeks, once every month, to be alone to let arise what will—to gain some understanding of something going on, or to enjoy something or to contemplate something or to just be present with the self. Thinking about turning negativity to positivity, thinking about making a difference in someone’s life, thinking about creating something, writing something, reading a life-changing book, nurturing the who we are within to become happy and whole so that when we are giving the gift of spending time with someone, we are peaceful, stable, happy, insightful, grounded, and in the moment—moment by moment. 

These experiences—being with someone one-on-one spen­ding time, being with ourselves spending time—are very fulfilling. They fill up our inner selves. Take a moment to notice what it feels like when you are tuned in and spending time fully, totally, openly with someone and also when you are allowing yourself to be with you. Slow down, be present with whomever you are with, be aware, notice everything, think a positive thought, and if a negative one arises, replace it with a positive one. 

May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace. 

May the new year bring peace, joy, love and light into your heart.  

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