Life is short. In the scheme of things, this oft-quoted saying must be true. On our headstones will be the etching of when we were born and the date when we died. For example, 1960 – 2050.
What matters are not the two years mentioned. It is the dash – that little dash. That’s our life. That represents the short time we have here to make a difference, or not. And making a difference means so many different things to so many people. But for you, the volunteer, what you do during that dash is most significant. You can give me money. Sure. But that can be paid back to you. But how do we give back time? As a volunteer you give time. Time. The most precious resource in our lives. Look at the dash. How many hours are in there? It’s not billions. It’s not infinite. Once you give an hour of your time it is lost forever. That hour you just gave volunteering will never be replicated. Your time volunteering is highly valued, but we can never put a value on that time. How can you value something that is priceless? As a volunteer, you bring much to this organization. Skills, advice, experience, friendship, vision, leadership, inspiration, the list goes on. That you bring. But the time you give. In our time-poor world, you bear the gift of time. You choose to donate the most precious commodity in the known universe. So,
this month we take a little time out to thank you for the amazing “time” that you give.