In our busy 21st century lives I have heard it said that above all things, even money, time is our most precious commodity. We never seem to have enough of it. We talk about ‘buying time’ and ‘saving time’ but can we really do either of these things? It seems to me that the key is about using our time well.
We all have demands on our time that have to come first, such as earning money and taking care of home, family and self. Then there might be care of extended family, perhaps elderly parents. What next? These days, especially in the city, we have more choices of how to spend our spare time than ever before – we may have any number of hobbies to pursue, exhibitions to see, friends to meet, travel, sport and exercise and more gentle activities such as reading and crafts.
Why should we spend time volunteering to visit an isolated person with all the other choices that we have? Perhaps it is because doing this will impact positively on another person who really needs it as well as ourselves. Sure, we can have a great outing to the latest exhibition or show in the city and feel good about this, but by spending our time visiting a housebound and isolated person there is also a positive impact on someone else who has a lot less social contact and choices than we do. So there are two people who are happy at the end of the day and by proactively planning each week perhaps we can even ‘make a little more time’ to fit in all those other things we want to do.
How can you make the very best of your time for your own sake as well as for the benefit of another?
December can be a time for looking back over the past year and ahead to the new one. What things have we achieved? What plans have come to fruition? What has not gone so well? What are our hopes and dreams for the year ahead? What is the best use of our valuable time? How can we help others? These might be some of the questions that we ask ourselves.
So, as part of our planning for the new year we might get to thinking – how can I make a positive impact on the life of someone who really needs it? Although we may feel at times that the world is full of problems and we are powerless to help, as individuals we can make a positive difference to the lives of others.
If you want to help someone, therefore, why not consider becoming a volunteer with us? Volunteer Link matches volunteer befrienders with lonely, isolated and housebound people who are in need of regular companionship, and they visit on a weekly basis, giving the person much needed time and attention. Our volunteers say they find it thoroughly rewarding and gain a lot from getting to know someone who has usually had an interesting life. Often they say that the stories they hear of times gone by are endlessly entertaining. In addition, they have the satisfying feeling that they are helping someone in their local community.
More and more people are living isolated and lonely lives and a regular visitor each week can make the world of difference to them.
Are you considering your priorities for 2018? If so, how about dedicating just a couple of hours a week to make the life of an isolated person happier and more positive. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring us on 020-9434-3635. We’d love to hear from you.