It is a painfully contradictory reality in my mind, but this is truly my favorite time of the year. Sure, the leaves are gone and the landscape is a gloomy blend of brown and grey. It’s depressing. And sure, the clock has slipped backwards by sixty minutes and it gets dark at 5:00 pm. That’s disheartening as well. But I have to look at the bright light that now greets me in the morning when I wake up at 6:00 am and think of all of the good things that happen in my life this time of year.
When the doors of the lodge close for the season and the work clock slows to a turtle pace, my life clock has the freedom to pick up its momentum and I have much more spare time to spend doing things for others.
There is something inherently fulfilling about being able to give my time and my skills to causes that have taken up residence in my heart. Last winter was the first of hopefully many that groups of locals gathered to make freezer crockpot meals for a family who lost their home to fire while in the hospital delivering twins. We banded together, gave our Thyme and our time, and filled their freezer with a few months worth of meals. So many of the group commented on how wonderful they felt being able to help.
And this year will be the fourth year I have organized a Toy Drive for the local children. To say the response has been incredible would be an egregious understatement. My heart swells so much when the time comes to pack up the toys for delivery that I am overwhelmed by emotion.
I had always looked at volunteers in silent awe. I knew they must feel some reward to give their time, their generosity or even just their smile or a touch of their hand to help someone’s day become a little brighter, but I had no idea how truly euphoric the feeling was until I began giving my time. And now that I have had a taste of that….I will always want more. If you have never had the chance to do any volunteer work and the opportunity presents itself to put up your hand to help, in any way, I promise you won’t regret it!