Reaching out to others is important to your happiness. Sharing your talents and skills will benefit both the receiver of your talents and you as the giver. Volunteer gigs were covered in our February post. Taking care of the elderly (however old elderly is?) is one way to share our good fortune with others.
But I am not necessarily talking about structured volunteer opportunities or about monetary sharing. I’m talking about the sharing you can do from your own home. More like sharing plants, cookies, books, magazines, laughter, game playing and most importantly time.
Share your talents. You have a wonderful set of skills. Different from anyone else’s. Share those skills whenever you want to. What would that look like?
- Are you a good cook?
- Do you like to bake?
- Is gardening a gift you have?
- Can you sing?
- Do you have the knack of remembering and delivering a good joke?
- Are you always crocheting something?
- Do you like to work jigsaw puzzles?
- Are you a talented woodworker? Birdhouses?
- Do you have computer skills?
- Do you have a green thumb?
- Can you handle a screwdriver?
- Are you a thrift store guru?
What’s your special talent?
Sometimes we get great pleasure from creating something. Anything. But the four dozen cookies we just baked are too many to sync with our Fitness goals defined previously in one of our fitness posts. Share them. Wrap them up along with the recipe and deliver them to folks who live alone or those that have small children and working parents.
An example of sharing tips
Love to crochet, knit or sew? Let’s look at crocheting afghans.
- There are only so many Afghans you can make in so many color combinations to go with your home’s interior.
- Create a list of friends and families whose homes you’ve visited
- Make some notes on their color combinations and make that a long term goal for your favorite everyday past time.
- Once your yarn construction is finished you can visit them for a little chat and “spin a little more yarn.” They will be thrilled and you feel great.
- Still have Afghans left? Donate to the blanket drives for the homeless.
Gardening from seed requires patience but the product you receive is good quality and abundant. Cuttings from existing plants are also nice for sharing. Repot those little treasures and share them with neighbors and friends along with a small card that describes the plant and the care needed. Every time they tend their little gift, they will think of you and how you care for them.
Making a roast or a large casserole sometimes exceeds our personal needs. Share the rest with those that have only themselves to cook for. Same goes for baking pies and cakes. It will be a wonderful change and so well received. Or if you don’t cook or bake, exchange handy man jobs with friends for their cooking excesses. Everyone gains and a little camaraderie is thrown in for good measure.
What about your beautiful singing voice? Other than Christmas caroling, it’s a little harder to bust into song on someone’s front porch. Sharing your singing talent may be better utilized in an organized singing group that goes from place to place. You may be able to work in a few jokes while performing.
Sharing equals Win/Win
The act of sharing, gifts both you and the receiver. This too is a win-win situation. Wouldn’t life be great if all our interactions worked out like that?
Make a list, however short, of your special talents. Then make a list of friends, neighbors and acquaintenances that you would like to gift. Follow through on the example above. They will be appreciative and you will feel happy for them.
Let that be your win-win goals. Would you like some cookies?